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One of Ubisoft's biggest surprises at E3 this year was Tom Clancy's The Division. Our readers are clamoring for more information about.
During the first quarter sales call today, Ubisoft disclosed that it expect The Division to arrive during calendar year 2014, but not until the end. This puts the title in the company's 2014-15 fiscal year.
The open-world, online racer The Crew should arrive at the end of Ubisoft's current fiscal year during early 2014. Additionally, the publisher told investors today to expect open world titles on a regular basis, citing the processes it has in place to leverage multiple studios in creating titles.
Our TakeThe timing of The Division shouldn't be surprising, and frankly, it wouldn't shock me to see it bumped to 2015. When I spoke with members of Ubisoft Massive, a few major elements were yet to be worked out. As you might recall, the game takes place after a pandemic, and players will have to enter hot zones.
When I asked about whether players could get sick, I was told, "we don't know." Perhaps it was just the phrasing of the answer (as opposed to "we're working that out" or "we're still playing around with how that might work"), but I wasn't given a lot of confidence that the title was going to be ready in the next year to eighteen months.
Additionally, as free-to-play stakes a bigger claim on consoles, I thought it prudent to ask about the economics. The team at Massive isn't sure if they'll be using a traditional MMO subscription model, something like Defiance's retail release with cosmetic add-ons, or straight free-to-play. Given that each must be handled different with regard to mechanics, I found it surprising that it wasn't even under consideration yet.
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Figures, one of the games I want the most too :( Oh well, here's to waiting.
The Division is easily in my Top 3 most anticipated games right now, and my most anticipated overall from Ubisoft. While I'm still excited for Watch Dogs, this game seems to capture an atmosphere and feel that I really dig in gaming.
The Division, December 31 2020. lol I feel like every game that has gameplay video this early always get delayed to an unannounced date. I won't be expecting this game for 2 years.
Well that is a surprise for me, i saw the demo at E3 and i was expecting to be out around this time next year, but wait until holydays or maybe 2015..... Either way i hope they make a good game.
Sucks to wait for digital gems like The Division, but there's nothing wrong with taking time to polish something right. By 2015, it's gonna mighty interesting to see what the next-gen landscape looks like.
Looking forward to both the Division and the Crew. I'm a little disappointed that the Division won't be out for awhile but it does look like a large undertaking. I'd much rather wait for a great finished product and I'm sure Destiny and the Crew among other titles will keep me plenty busy :)
As much as I like what I've seen from The Division. I still can't trust that Ubisoft will make a game I really enjoy. Lately all the stuff I play by them just feel average. Hopefully they pick it up for next gen
I like the look of it but I'm interested to see more details on the gameplay. I generally avoid MMO's as they are not my thing at all but I must admit this does interest me.
I wish those release dates were reversed... As much as I'm looking forward to The Division, if there's a subscription, I'm not buying it.
Man.... disappointing! Was hoping it would be released 1Q or 2Q in 2014. The Division is #1 on my wishlist.
I'm not against subscription based MMO's or even some in-game purchases, but what I want is just a game that I pay once for and again later on for some DLC a few months after release. I would prefer this game to be a one off purchase instead of a "pay full price only get half the content" sort of deal..