Tom Clancy’s The Division is a game that many will be hoping delivers on the potential of the new console generation. Gamers were wowed by the game’s E3 2014 cinematic trailer, whilst the opening gameplay videos promised an intriguing setting, nuanced gameplay, and tension between the different factions of New York City. The open-world title promised plenty, and soon became one of the most highly-anticipated games of 2015.
Further information about the project has done nothing to dull enthusiasm, with publisher Ubisoft continuing to reveal more finite details about The Division. Most recently, the publisher discussed the way in which player bases will work in the disease-ridden city, whilst the game’s PvP mechanics have also been discussed, with ‘Dark Mode’ sections for optional player on player combat. Ubisoft is certainly being ambitious with the title – although some would-be players may be a little concerned that development could be spread too thin over too many ideas.
To help with the development load, Ubisoft has announced that another studio is going to be assisting with lead developer Massive Entertainment. In a recent Ubisoft blog post, the publisher has revealed that Ubisoft Annency is also going to be taking part in the creation of The Division. “We are very happy that Ubisoft Annecy is part of The Division’s family,” said David Polfeldt, Managing Director at Massive Entertainment. “They are highly experienced and talented developers, adding much value to the project.”
Ubisoft Annency is not the only secondary developer that Ubisoft has called upon to help with The Division. Alongside Massive Entertainment, Ubisoft Annency will be joining fellow studios Red Storm, a developer with a long history of working on Tom Clancy titles, and Reflections. “The collaboration with the other studios is going very smoothly,” said Rebecka Coutaz, Studio Manager at Ubisoft Annecy. “We’re working together to ensure we meet and exceed the high expectations players have for this new title.”
The studio has a history working on multiplayer projects for Ubisoft, and most famously developed the multiplayer elements of Assassin’s Creed II. Ubisoft Annency was also involved in development of Assassin’s Creed Unity, and has worked on another Tom Clancy franchise through the multiplayer of several Splinter Cell games. Such a history with multiplayer suggests that Ubisoft Annency will specifically be working on PvP elements of The Division, and potentially on the previously mentioned ‘Dark Zones’.
Ubisoft Annency may have a strong multiplayer pedigree, but some gamers may be wary about the addition of another studio so late in the development cycle. After all, Ubisoft has confirmed that the game is still set for a 2015 release, after the game was one of several high-profile delays from 2014. Hopefully, The Division will avoid a rushed release to make the holiday market of this year, and steer clear of the bugs that plagued last year’s Assassin’s Creed Unity.
The Division will release in 2015 for the PC, PS4 and Xbox One.
Source: Ubisoft Blog