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The game's plot is inspired by a simulation that was conducted by the U.S. Government in 2001 called Operation Dark Winter which basically concluded that if a highly infectious disease managed to spread in the United States it wouldn't take long before the government lost control and the country descended into chaos. That's pretty much what happens in The Division - but who exactly are The Division, you might ask? Well there's another piece of real-life inspiration for that too: In 2007, George W. Bush signed off on a Presidential Directive called the National Security and Homeland Security Presidential Directive or just "Executive Directive 51". It basically puts in place a plan to ensure continuity of government in response to a "catastrophic emergency". In the game, your group is part of the so-called Strategic Homeland Division (SHD) or "The Division" for short. It's basically up to you guys to retain some sense of order in what has become a chaotic, post-apocalyptic urban wasteland. Just watch the really emotional hybrid-live-action trailer to get an idea of how crappy New York has become:
Anyway the game aims to be an online, open-world RPG with third-person shooter action sequences. The game is promising to also have jump-in/jump-out co-op play, which reminds me of Left 4 Dead and from what I've seen of the E3 2014 gameplay demo, it looks like it could be heaps of fun (despite the demo obviously being staged).
The Division could make or break Ubisoft - they've already got three of their development studios working on this game and the game's already been delayed, probably because they had to develop a whole new engine for it called "Snowdrop" (what's with engines having cold, wintery names nowadays. First "Frostbite" now "Snowdrop"?). If they manage to do well with The Division, it might just be enough to convince me to play an MMO again - and that's saying something.
Mark G and Choona
[ LINK: Official Tom Clancy's The Division Website ]