Tom Clancy’s The Division is Ubisoft’s Open World Action RPG

Ubisoft has announced the development of Tom Clancy’s The Division, an open-world action RPG for the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 systems that’s set for release in 2014.

Set in New York City three weeks after a lethal virus, released on Black Friday, has swept through the city and left it in ruins. Society has collapsed and it’s up to a top-secret unit of tactical agents known as The Division to secure what’s left of the country.

According to Ubisoft, the game will allow players to explore familiar streets and landmarks in New York City, now obliterated by chaos, and participate in an online, persistent, open-world environment where exploration, combat, and RPG player-progression are essential aspects of the game.

Currently in development at Ubisoft Massive, a studio with its own Snowdrop engine, The Division offers both a single-player component as well as a massively multiplayer online RPG component in which players can venture forth into the open world of the Internet, group up with buddies and undertake missions online—sometimes against other groups of players.

According to the managing director at Massive, David Polfeldt, the game isn’t quite an MMO, although it does feature MMO-like components. There are no classes, but there is a skill tree you can use to play your character. Unlike typical online role-playing games, you’ll be able to customize your character class on the fly by respeccing your skills at any time.

Though role-playing elements define The Division at its core, it features strong survival aspects that force players to scavenge for resources at the beginning and scour the open world for weapons and ammunition.

In the single-player campaign, the player must embroil themselves in a story that sees the player attempting to restore order through the completion of mainline quests in New York City. Along the way, the player can participate in sidequests to help citizens in need or dispatch gangs.

Polfeldt says that unlike other titles in the Tom Clancy franchise, The Division is a “light shooter” and not a realistic shooter. However, it’s still a third-person cover-based shooter, so players shouldn’t expect to have to deal with under-the-hood random number generators to determine your efficiency in combat. In other words, it’s a bit like Gears of War or Uncharted in that sense.

The game is also supported by a companion app that allows you to call upon a mobile device to control a drone that can help to spot enemies or assess combat situations. The drone even has its own upgrade progression system.

At this point, little else is known about social mechanics of the game—like how players may be able to group into clans and vie for dominance on the streets of the Big Apple.

In the meantime, there’s a trailer to check out, which announced the game just moments ago at Ubisoft’s E3 press conference. Watch it below.

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5 Comments on Tom Clancy’s The Division is Ubisoft’s Open World Action RPG


On June 10, 2013 at 4:55 pm

Did they say anything on character creation?

Ian Miles Cheong

On June 10, 2013 at 5:10 pm

Not much on character creation aside from stating that you can re-configure your character on the fly.


On June 10, 2013 at 5:28 pm

The two games that have impressed me the most so far, The Division and Metal Gear Solid 5, are not even coming out on PC. That’s quite disheartening, especially for The Division, since Ubisoft usually ports their games to PC. What gives?

Will somebody please ask Ubisoft why this isn’t also coming to PC?


On June 11, 2013 at 8:00 am

If this is open world RPG I don’t see why they wouldn’t have character creation.


On October 28, 2013 at 12:44 am

Don’t worry, there will be character creation. The Elder Scrolls Online, didn’t bust out showing character creation for awhile; and it wouldn’t make sense to not have a character creator on this game. Its an open world RPG, and kinda set up like Skyrim, with the crafting, the big world, the skill tree/character customization. There will be other players, you can even create guilds, and there will be trade/black market. So far I like very much of what I have learned about this game, I just hope the character creator is well donelol.