Imagine if Ubisoft made a multiplayer-open world game building on the stealth and tactical gameplay of its many Tom Clancy licenses, but set in a post-apocalyptic world. Now look at The Division, Ubisoft’s Massive’s spy-’em-up, and realise all your dreams have come true. The publisher introduced the game with a trailer positing a pandemic cause by infected banknotes on Black Friday, before showing a demo of the experience; both videos are available below.
Currently in the works for PS4 and Xbox One, Tom Clancy’s The Division was originally rumored as a Tom Clancy MMO, but it was announced as a next-gen, online, open-world RPG during the Ubisoft conference at E3. Not an MMO as previously rumored, apparently.
Here’s the premise per Ubisoft: “Back in 2001, a group of scientists and politicians launched a project called Dark Winter, an exercise to test the emergency response to a bio-terrorist attack. The simulation revealed how quickly everything would fall apart, with massive civilian casualties and a complete breakdown of civil society.”
“The bio-attack came from the flu virus which can survive on a bank note for up to 17 days. In the game, a pandemic begins on Black Friday – the biggest shopping day of the year – jumping from money to person, from toys to food, from parent to child and back again. And then everything crumbles. In just one day the hospitals reach capacity. In another, entire zones will be quarantined. By the third day, the stock market has collapsed. Day four: the power fails, the taps run dry, the shelves are empty. And in just five days, everyone is a threat.”
In the demo posted below, it’s three weeks after the pandemic struck. The Division, created back in 2007 via Presidential Directive 51, is tasked with reaching a police station in trashed city in what’s called as the “Dark Zone.”
Once inside, the police station, the Division agents free an imprisoned police officer, who tells them that two more cops are being held within cells. Watch for yourself.
This is Tom Clancy’s The Division, is coming to PS4 and and Xbox One in 2014
It can also be played on tablets, according to what we witnessed, because one person was playing it on one in the demo. This was not announced though, so it may be some form of app.