Massive Entertainment Takes Franchise In New Direction
Ubisoft Massive (otherwise known as Massive Entertainment) took to the E3 stage to reveal a brand new direction for the Tom Clancy series: an online next-gen RPG set in a disease-ravaged New York. Players assume the role of elite Division operatives who work together to investigate a deadly virus outbreak, combat rogue elements and even engage in tense PvP. If away from your console, you'll even be able to jump into a hovering drone via a tablet touchscreen.
We've got trailers and details after the break.
"A devastating pandemic sweeps through New York City," explains the blurb, "and one by one, basic services fail. In only days, without food or water, society collapses into chaos. The Division, a classified unit of self-supported tactical agents, is activated. Leading seemingly ordinary lives among us, The Division agents are trained to operate independently of command, as all else fails. Fighting to prevent the fall of society, the agents will find themselves caught up in an epic conspiracy, forced to combat not only the effects of a manmade virus, but also the rising threat of those behind it. When everything collapses, your mission begins."
Though a traditional RPG in many ways, featuring skills, buffs, crafting and other genre conventions, The Division will feature real-time combat both against squads of AI foes and enemy players. In essence, it plans to blend PvE with PvP, alongside merging companion apps directly into the core gameplay experience (tablet owners can control drones rather than footsoldiers, and help out by tagging targets). The result is a mix of twitch gunplay, Clancy gadgetry, group strategy and grinding that looks rather intriguing indeed.
More details are available on the official site. The Division is apparently only possible due to the power of next-gen consoles, so it will naturally release on PC alongside PS4 and Xbox One.