Since it was first announced at E3 a couple years ago, Ubisoft has touted Tom Clancy’s The Division as an open-world action RPG that encourages teamplay among friends and strangers. The ambitious game looks to reshape the way gamers think about RPGs by providing an immersive, challenging experience.
Now, two years later, Ubisoft is still providing new details about The Division, and how gamers will engage both with and against each other in the post-apocalyptic world. During their E3 conference today, Ubisoft showed off some gameplay of The Division‘s Dark Zones.
Dark Zones are specialized PvP areas where players work alone or in teams, seeking out unique loot, while fighting off NPCs and fellow players. As the gameplay video showed, the Dark zones open the door for friends and strangers to work together in a coordinated effort, or go on the offensive and take each other down in an effort to horde the available loot. And yes, that even means backstabbing friends who have helped obtain that loot.
The Dark Zones in The Division are an interesting addition by Ubisoft, and one that will likely be a successful for the game. Rather than simply sending players into team deathmatch arenas, or capture the flag games, The Division‘s Dark Zones provide a unique PvP experience that works seamlessly with the game’s campaign.
Dark Zones are just one feature Ubisoft has revealed about The Division, and is likely part of the reason the game has been delayed so many times. The game was originally slated for a 2014 release, but was delayed to 2015, and was then delayed again to “early 2016.” Now, we finally have a release date – one that will hopefully stick. The official release date for Tom Clancy’s The Division is March 8, 2016. Xbox One owners will gain early access to the game’s beta this coming December.
With The Division not slated to come out for another nine months, Ubisoft will surely be releasing additional details about the game and beta in the coming weeks and months. It’ll be interesting to see what other new features are added and revealed prior to the game’s release in March.
What did you think about The Division‘s Dark Zones gameplay during Ubisoft’s presentation? Are the Dark Zones a positive addition for the game, or would you rather see a more traditional PvP arena? Sound off your thoughts in the comment section below.
Tom Clancy’s The Division is set to release on March 8, 2015 for PC, PS4, and Xbox One.