Ubisoft releases a trailer for a companion novel to The Division, entitled The Division: New York Collapse, which will help to explain how New York City fell to the virus.

Ubisoft is hard at work fleshing out the universe of The Division ahead of its release, in part by creating interactive projects like the real world outbreak simulator, Collapse. In a further attempt to help gamers to understand how the in-game pandemic rapidly ravaged New York, Ubisoft has released a new trailer for a companion novel that will be released alongside the game.

A new novel entitled Tom Clancy’s The Division: New York Collapse is releasing at the same time as The Division. The novel, written by Alex Irvine, is written from the perspective of a woman attempting to unravel how the outbreak began, as well as surviving the pandemic herself. According to the book’s description, it’s designed to be part survival guide and part mystery, with certain ‘artifacts’ within the book’s pages offering clues as to how and why New York fell to the massive outbreak.

Considering that The Division starts after the outbreak has already caused total havoc on the population of New York, this book should be an interesting way to find out more about how it all began. It also follows in the long-standing tradition of spin-off novels being created based off of the many entries to the Tom Clancy game series. Considering that the game series wouldn’t exist without Tom Clancy’s excellent novels, it’s only fitting for the games to have books of their own.

Between the astounding popularity of The Division‘s beta, which saw a staggering 6.4 million players over a single weekend, and the popularity of Tom Clancy’s works, it comes as little surprise that the novel is already ranked in the top 10 sellers of video game novels on Amazon. Chances are this ranking will only rise, as the novel has only been available for pre-order for a short period of time. Unfortunately, while gamers could pre-load The Division‘s beta for immediate access once it was available, the novel doesn’t appear to be available in e-book formats, so gamers ordering the novel online may have to actually wait a day or two after the game is released to get a chance to read the book.

While some have expressed no interest in The Division, many gamers are desperate for the game to be available. While the game will undoubtedly keep gamers busy, the existence of the novel means that gamers can even continue to enjoy the world of The Division when they’re not playing.

The Division will release on March 8, 2016 for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. The novel New York Collapse will release on the same date, in paperback form.

Source: Ubisoft