ByKen McDonnell, writer at
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As the months go by one thing has become abundantly clear within the gaming industry: 2016 is becoming the new 2015. This year was going to blow our minds with the releases of some exceptional looking games for PC, XBOX One and PS4. Sadly, a lot of the experiences we were waiting for have been pushed to next year, though of course this will hopefully result in an increase in quality! I mean, look at The Witcher 3 and Bloodborne, both of which had delayed release dates. By the way The Witcher 3 is all we really need anyway!

So far this year we've lost Dead Island 2, The Legend of Zelda Wii U, Quantum Break, Homefront: The Revolution, and the big one, Uncharted 4. Now of course Ubisoft have announced that Tom Clancy's the Division will be delayed to 2016 along with the rest. The Division was actually announced three years ago, but why? What has delayed the game to this degree?

Tom Clancy's the Division
Tom Clancy's the Division

Ubisoft's Tom Clancy's the Division Release Date Delayed

If you look back on several articles around the time of the initial release date delays, a lot of publications predicted the push of The Division to 2016, and it wasn't that hard to see why. Ubisoft are notoriously pushy when it comes to new IP. Of course, The Division is associated with Tom Clancy, but that series hasn't seen an online RPG like this before. They would be letting everyone know about it if it was coming close to being a finished product and we've yet to see anything since E3 2014.

I mean Watch Dogs was shoved down every gamers throat and for that reason alone the title was disappointing. But obviously The Division was initially announced due to the fact that Ubisoft actually thought it'd be ready. As it turns out, making a functional online game has proved difficult for the company and I wonder if the likes of Destiny has pressured them to do better. The bare bones of a good game isn't going to cut it if you want to make a lasting success out of an online RPG.

Tom Clancy's the Division
Tom Clancy's the Division

One of the aspects that I'm sure Ubisoft is focusing on is the Snowdrop engine. The Division has the potential to be a stunningly beautiful game and perhaps the release date delay has been announced in order to ensure that the company doesn't get the same downgrading allegations throw at them again. Though more than likely the team want to ensure that the game actually works.

With the likes of Assassin's Creed Unity, The Crew and even 343 Industries' Master Chief Collection still leaving sour tastes in gamer's mouths, I think every publisher is going to want to avoid that kind of backlash. [Tom Clancy's The Division](tag:2684169) was announced a little too early, like a few years too early - such a tease. But it goes to show how difficult a challenge this title must be and it's made me more excited to see what they have in store at E3. Undoubtedly there will be a beta some time this year and I can't wait to see how it runs. Let us know what you think of The Division and its release date delay in the comments!


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