Posts Tagged ‘Tom Clancy’s The Division’

The Division’s Expansions Delayed To Improve The Game

Ubisoft have delayed the next two paid DLC expansions for The Division [official site] because they feel the base game needs work first. Good! That’s the way it should be done. Ubi explain, “it has become clear with your feedback and our own observations that our priority should now be on improving the core gameplay experience.” Good-o! So the next two expansions are delayed, and Update 1.4 will launch separately in October to smarten the place up.

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The Making of The Division: Underground

Beneath The Division’s mighty impressive facsimile of New York lies a continually shifting labyrinth of sewers, subways, secret chambers and the very roots of the city itself: the pipes and machines that keep it ticking. Underground, a new expansion which launched at the tail end of June, is The Division with a procedural twist; a bit of chaos injected into the orderly, crafted world.

The dungeons of Underground sit in a strange place between procedural generation and the curated environments that you’ll find above this subterranean world. They are controlled, but also assorted in random, surprising ways. Ubisoft Reflections recently pulled back the curtain, explaining to me how the sausage is made. And, apparently, it all begins with Lego.

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The Division Movie Announced, Jake Gyllenhaal Onboard

I’m not saying that Jake Gyllenhaal killed someone then Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot met him in the woods on a winter’s night with a shovel and a hacksaw to help bury the body – that would be libel. However, you tell me how you think Ubi got the Prince of Persia star into another movie based on a video game. Ubi today formally announced a film adaptation of The Division [official site], see, and Jakeo is signed up to star alongside Jessica Chastain (the sister in Crimson Peak, and Murph in Interstellar).

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Going Underground: The Division’s First Expansion Out

The surface of New York City is iconic, sure, but its underside is something even better: mythic. That’s where blind albino alligators grow massive in the dark, where leaking steam pipes vent through manholes, where the Mole People live, where rats larger than dogs flood tunnels in devouring hordes, where trains stop at secret doors, and there are more ghosts than you can shake a P.K.E. Meter at. So I’m delighted to see Ubisoft’s first paid expansion for The Division [official site] is out now to explore down there. I’m sure it will have all of those verifiable true things.

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Hype Check: Debunking E3’s Marketing

If you judged each of E3 2016‘s conferences by the volcanic applause following each announcement, no matter how minuscule or massive, then you probably think everything the developers said was written by God himself on a stone script. But you’re smarter than that. I know you are. So, in continuation of our ‘anti-E3’ coverage, here are some of the moments when the creators and executives of the show were misleading, vague or “economical with the truth”.

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The Division’s Underground DLC Coming On The 28th

During their E3 press conference yesterday, Ubisoft confirmed that The Division‘s [official site] first piece of paid DLC, Underground, will launch on June 28. Alongside an obligatory trailer, the publisher delved into what it’s all about, what new features it houses, and where you’ll be sending your agents next.

The game’s second expansion, Survival, was also teased in trailer form which plans to pit players against the harshest of NYC’s elements. Trailers and info after the drop.

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The Division Now Permabans Cheaters On First Offence

Civilization may have fallen in The Division [official site], New York ruled by might alone, but that’s no reason to be a dick about it. So Ubisoft have decided to crack down harder on cheaters. Previously, people who got caught using cheats would be suspended for fourteen days for their first offence. Now, Ubisoft are going straight to permabans. Get caught cheating once and you’re gone. A speedhack may help you push other players around, shaking them-upside down until XP and murdercoins rain from their shorts pockets, but it’s not much use against an admin with a banhammer.

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