Video Game: The Division
The Division is an upcoming Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Game open-world Third-Person Shooter under the Tom Clancy brand (such as Ghost Recon and Splinter Cell, though it should be noted that Clancy himself is not involved directly in the game) by Ubisoft Massive, announced at E3 2013. Planned to be released on Playstation 4 and Xbox One, but later expanded to PC due to overwhelming request from fans.In 2001, a simulation in emergency response to a bio-terrorist attack on the United States, Operation Darkwinter, has revealed that America is very much more vulnerable than it thought with society predicted to totally collapse in just five days. The President secretly signed Directive 51 in 2007, as a contingency to cope with a real Darkwinter scenario. Rumors fly around that covert agents and splinter groups are planted all over the country, but nothing can be confirmed. Then the real thing came...The Division takes place in a dystopian near-future version of New York City. Society has become "fragile" and "complex", noting the fact that terrorists were able to unleash a pathogen by exploiting the cash consumers use to spend on Black Friday. Players are members of "The Division", a classified unit of high-trained, tactical self-supporting agents working on containing the crisis throughout America.The Division involves an interesting gameplay mix of Watch_Dogs (user interface), Ghost Recon (tactical and squad-based mechanics), and Sword Art Online (RPG Elements and Skill Scores and Perks). The game also introduces "Snowdrop", a new proprietary engine that Ubisoft will use for The Eighth Generation of Console Video Games. Ubisoft revealed the game through a seven-minute trailer, consisting of nothing but gameplay and improvised dialogue from demonstrators. Fan reception has been extremely positive, with many calling it the Watch Dogs of E3 2013 (a Ubisoft game that's a new IP announced at their E3 presentation the public was unaware of prior to the conference with positive reception).
The Division provides examples of:
- Alternate History: The American government made plans to covertly insert operatives in 2007, after the signing of Directive 51, throughout the country in case of a terror attack that can cause the collapse of the US after the results of a terror attack simulation in 2001 showed the possibility of the collapse of American society.
- Augmented Reality: what the Division uses is of the Spatial variety.
- Big Applesauce
- Crazy-Prepared: Directive 51 serves as this.
- Cyber Punk / Post Cyber Punk: Bits of this such as the hi-tech wristwatch-like devices players can use to access their weapons and gadgets.
- Dystopia: Things certainly look bleak, as local law enforcement can't even hold off stragglers following societal collapse
- In Name Only: The "Tom Clancy" moniker is simply a placeholder, since the man himself isn't entirely involved with The Division. Qualifies as author existence failure now.
- While Ubisoft likely added the "Tom Clancy" name to give the game some brand recognition, Clancy's game company, Ubisoft Red Storm, is one of the developers making the game.
- Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Game
- Police Are Useless: As seen in the trailers, the NYPD can't hold out on its own after armed gunmen. Justified that the collapse of the US contributed to a lack of police presence in the state (And most likely throughout the country).
- RPG Elements: Players will gain experience from downing opponents
- Shown Their Work: The developers took a lot of time to realistically portray New York City's landscape. Here's the comparison between real-life New York and the game.
- Tear Jerker: The E3 2014 trailer showed the effects of the pathogen on a family. First, their daughter passed, then the wife, and then the husband, who couldn't bear the pain of the loss took his own life.
- Third-Person Shooter
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: The Cleaners want to control the spread of the virus, just like the titular Division, but they go about it by torching people alive.
- Wide Open Sandbox
- X Meets Y: DayZ meets Ghost Recon: Future Soldier meets Crysis 2.