As we enter the weekend before E3, gamers are no more than a few days away from hearing more about their most anticipated games of this and next year. And while a lot of the conversation lately has been about delays (Batman: Arkham Knight, The Order: 1886), a lot of that disappointment should wash away once gamers see these titles in action.
While it’s obviously hard to pick just one game to look forward to, one that has been on our list since its reveal is Tom Clancy’s The Division. Last year, The Division was a major high point not just for publisher Ubisoft but also for the show as a whole, and that was without showing much in the way of gameplay footage.
This year, however, Ubisoft is promising that The Division will take center stage at E3 2014. It may not be the showstopper — that role might go to Far Cry 4 or the next-gen version of Assassin’s Creed — but as the above trailer teases, The Division will be a focal point of Ubisoft’s Press Conference on Monday June 9th.
Obviously, the trailer itself is light on footage, with only a view of post-apocalyptic New York to speak of, but gamers can expect that Ubisoft will not shy away from finally showing The Division in all its glory. Much like with Watch Dogs, The Division‘s first year at E3 was about setting the tone while the following year will allow Ubisoft to delve into the meat of their upcoming game.
Although a (not entirely unexpected) delay into 2015 may have deflated some of the enthusiasm for The Division, it’s still one of the most intriguing current-gen prospects due in large part to its impressive visuals and unique concept. Sure, post-apocalyptic environments are nothing new, but a man-made collapse has the potential to strike a more poignant chord than a zombie or viral outbreak would. But really, it has been the game’s strong design that has been fueling our excitement, and we can’t wait to see more.
What do you hope to see from The Division at E3 2014? Where does The Division rank on your list of most anticipated games at E3?
Tom Clancy’s The Division is targeting a 2015 release on current-gen platforms.
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