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Tom Clancy's The Division has already had the word "downgrade" associated with it for quite some time. Ubisoft, as we're well aware, are no strangers to the notion either. Watch Dogs was bombarded with abuse for its extremely noticeable drop in graphics - relatively close to its release date too. The industry is rife with similar instances and gamers are understandably frustrated with constantly being mislead.

So I'm wondering where gamers stand on this industry-wide phenomenon. Is the noticeable downgrade of graphics with Tom Clancy's The Division something that frustrates you, or have you come to accept it as something that's just bound to happen? Graphics aren't everything in games, but when a game looks as incredible as The Division did at its E3 announcement and then doesn't live up to that promise, it's understandably disappointing.

Has The Division Actually Undergone A Graphical Downgrade Like Watch Dogs?

Whether The Division has actually undergone a visual downgrade is still debated by some, however there is a noticeable drop in quality with certain textures and lighting. You can check out the clip above that goes into more concrete detail of how exactly the game appears to have changed. But remember that we haven't actually seen the final version of The Division. We've seen functioning demo's at the likes of E3 and Gamescom, which are naturally not the final build.

Therefore, it's unsurprising that I felt underwhelmed by how the game appeared when I played it at Gamescom. The question is whether what we've seen is actually very close to the final product. The Division has been delayed for years and the graphical standard that Ubisoft Massive have set for the game must be a chore reason as to why it's been pushed forward so many times. Also, Ubisoft don't have the best track record for great servers...

Tom Clancy's The Division
Tom Clancy's The Division

Where Do You Stand On Tom Clancy's The Division & its Downgrade Controversy?

At the end of the day, Ubisoft have to ensure that The Division plays like a dream and that millions of people are able to engage with the game following its release date without a single issue. And if graphics are going to stand in the way of that happening, naturally the game's visual quality is going to be curtailed. Obviously Massive want The Division to look as best as it can, and if it could live up to its initial quality it would. But I assume the process of game development is literal hell sometimes.

But does that excuse the graphical downgrade for you? If The Division experienced a similar situation to Watch Dogs on its release date for the XBOX One, PS4 and PC, how would you feel? Let us know where you stand on [Tom Clancy's The Division](tag:2684169) in the comments below!


Are You Annoyed By Graphical Downgrades?


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