If you’ve been wondering how much of New York City The Division [official site] actually contains and how accurate the recreation of those areas is, wonder no longer. An enterprising player who goes by the name Feanauro on Reddit has superimposed all of the game’s major locations – including missions, safehouses and Dark Zone points of interest – onto the Google Map of the real life area. There are several fun games to play with this tool. You could jump into streetview and compare in-game streets and buildings to reality, you could try to work out which bits of the city might open up in future updates/dlc, or you could figure out if you’ve ever been to these places in real life.
If you’re anything like me, you instantly wanted to jump into streetview so that you could ‘walk’ through the streets. To do that, you’ll need to have Google Earth installed (as far as I know) so that you can import the KML file with The Division data attached. On the right of the sidebar, next to the words ‘The Division’ and the search magnifying glass, you should see three dots. Click there and choose the ‘Download KML’ option and then open the file in Google Earth.
From there you can look around to your heart’s content, looking for restaurants and bars that have been erased from existence in the Clancyverse, and being occasionally startled that, yes, that one street really does look exactly like it does in the game, right down to the placement of certain cars.
I would like to activate all current Division members within the NYC area to perform an important recon mission. Go to West 33rd Street and let me know what exists at this precise location. Has the world’s briefest and most disappointing Irish pub crawl made the transition to the streets of the United States of Clancy, and if not, what has replaced it?
And if we have NYC residents in attendance, what has become of your favourite spots? And how far would The Division have to expand to include your homes and haunts?