This was a point that was recently discussed on The Division's subreddit, and it was an aspect of the game that I had totally forgotten about. Tom Clancy's The Division will allegedly have no cutscenes, aside from the opening cinematic - and potentially a closing one - with which it can communicate its story. After the opening moments you are thrust into its online framework and tasked with levelling up your character and surviving the harsh wastelands of post apocalyptic New York.
It's kind of a standard way in which online games function; they're rarely about their story and more focused on your own character and working with or against players online. Tom Clancy's The Division will be no different in this regard and its peculiar due to the fact that Tom Clancy's games are usually so focused on their story-lines. Will it be strange to play this game without cutscenes or will the feeling of wandering a destroyed New York be more immersive without any cutscenes to interrupt your actions?
Playing Tom Clancy's The Division Without Cutscenes
Coming from a filmmaking background, I love me some great cutscenes in Video Games but I think I have a deeper appreciation for the way in which this medium can communicate in ways that other mediums can't do as well - or at all. Living on the streets of a post-apocalyptic city will be portrayed in a very unique way if The Division sticks to having no cutscenes. It could turn out like Destiny, where none of our actions have any motivation or seem to matter at all, or it could turn out to be a really great insight into how people would behave in such a hostile environment - especially free of narrative control.
I'm seriously excited for Tom Clancy's The Division! It's a pity that its release date was pushed to 2016, but Ubisoft clearly have a lot to iron out before they hand it to us - they won't make the same mistakes that they did in the past. E3 will hopefully be an insightful event for The Division. I'm dying to see how missions play out in this online environment and what exactly Ubisoft will have on offer.
But what do you think guys? Can you think of an online game that really involved you without any cutscenes? Are you excited to see how [Tom Clancy's The Division](tag:2684169) will make us feel like our actions are warranted and have motivation? Be sure to let us know in the comments!