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Tom Clancy’s The Division [E3 2013]

Tom Clancy’s The Division

The Division

The Division takes place in New York 3 weeks after a lethal virus, released on Black Friday, swept through the city. One by one, basic services have failed. Society has collapsed into chaos. The President invokes Presidential Directive 51, and The Division, a top-secret unit of self-supporting tactical agents, is activated. Leading seemingly ordinary lives among us, Division agents are trained to operate independently of command in this type of emergency situation. When the lights go out, their mission begins.

In a Tom Clancy universe dedicated to realism, explore the once-familiar streets and landmarks of the Big Apple, now decimated by looting and overrun by clans that will do anything to survive. From Central Park to the subway to the Statue of Liberty, nowhere is safe. Discover a persistent, online, open-world New York where exploration, combat, and RPG player-progression are essential.

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“Our goal with Tom Clancy’s The Division is nothing short of completely changing the way people play online RPGs,” said Fredrik Rundqvist, executive producer, Ubisoft. “With the power of next-gen consoles behind it, The Division puts players in the middle of breathtaking, persistent multiplayer thriller in which they will explore, fight and work together as modern society collapses around you, all with the authenticity for which Tom Clancy games are renowned.”

Tom Clancy’s The Division is developed by Massive™ Entertainment, the Sweden-based Ubisoft studio renowned for the World in Conflict® series.

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The game is the latest title set in the Tom Clancy’s universe, which has sold more than 76 million games worldwide across its different franchises. Other forthcoming Tom Clancy’s-branded experiences from Ubisoft include Splinter Cell: Blacklist, developed by Ubisoft Toronto, which delivers a gripping modern-day special-ops storyline with a new level of technical innovation and quality.

 What is Tom Clancy’s The Divison™, about?

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This new Tom Clancy™ franchise is about the fragility of our society, and how complex and vulnerable it really is. We lead very comfortable lives, but we are only a few small steps from complete collapse. Our society is so complex, in fact, that even a small incident can set off a huge chain reaction that could make all the dominos fall.

For example, have you ever considered what would happen if people stopped going to work, if trucks stopped delivering food and water to the city, if hospitals were no longer able to provide medical care?

In our game, a deadly virus is spreading massively, bringing entire nations to their knees. A secret organization created for such emergencies and made of civilian agents, called the Division, is tasked to respond to the crisis.

You play as an agent from The Division, dispatched to New York City which is on the brink of collapse. Civil unrest is rampant and basic services have failed. People are rioting, pillaging, and clans are forming. Your mission is to restore society and track down those responsible for the pandemic.


What inspired the team to make The Division?

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Clear and present danger: one of the main values underpinning all the best Tom Clancy novels. In our case, it is the fragility of society.

Clancy games are traditionally about preventing a disaster. But what if the disaster actually took place? That was a very exciting scenario for us and we had noticed that no games dealt with this kind of mid-crisis situations. There are plenty of post-apocalyptic games, but not many about a crisis itself, those crucial hours and days where we live in a state of emergency.

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When we started to work on this new IP, our objective was also to bring a new genre to the Tom Clancy franchise: a role playing game. In the Clancy universe, this is a perfect match, as upgrading your tech and gear and choosing your play-style are pivotal.

Finally, the opportunities offered by the next-gen consoles were key to achieve our vision and offer a brand new experience to our gamers.


What genre is it?The Division


Tom Clancy’s The Division is an online, open-world, RPG game.

This game is really tailored for you to play together with friends. You will meet other people online, and thus have the opportunity of finding other players that match your play style and patterns. You will co-operate to fight together against the emerging dangers of this ongoing crisis scenario.

Then, gamers will be able to immerse in a realistic, dynamic, persistent and open-world New-York, with a strong focus on exploration.

Finally, the gameplay emphasizes cover-based action, RPG systems such as looting and crafting, skills and social features, plus a strong focus on weapon types and customization.

Daniel Ryan
Daniel Ryan
Daniel 'Sheriff Dan' Ryan is a long time Dungeon Master who has worked in Esports, Marketing, and writes about Gaming when the sun goes down.


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