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Tom Clancy’s The Division – Launch Trailer & Year One Content

March 1, 2016

  1. March 2, 2016 11:43 am

    Looking forward to owning NYC. One block at a time.

  2. RoBBins permalink*
    March 2, 2016 12:57 pm

    I’ll be on at midnight this Monday. May have to skip class on Tuesday….. very tempting.

  3. March 2, 2016 2:37 pm

    This is kind of strange, but press will not be given access to the game until after it has launched for all consumers. This means, we likely wont see any reviews until purchases have been made. Hopefully a logistical issue, and not a business decision.

    • Blankman permalink*
      March 2, 2016 6:18 pm

      It’s a business decision all the way. Ubisoft has a ton of money and resources poured into their new IP. The last thing that they want are any negative reviews, so they removed that out of the equation. I hope this won’t set a precedent with other publishers following suit. If so, we’ll never get reviews from triple-A games before they are released. We know about embargoes, but this is beyond ridiculous & unacceptable!

  4. Herandar permalink
    March 3, 2016 9:29 am

    I’ll be in Costa Rica next week. I’m sure some of you will beat the game before I get back. Let me know if it is the disappointment of the decade.

    • March 3, 2016 5:22 pm

      The Blankman will almost certainly beat it. The rest of us are mere mortals and will require much more time.

      As regards the review embargo and the quality of The Division specifically, we have all played the beta. There won’t be any more surprises. I am buying it for the gunplay/setting-story/co-op, not for the Dark Zone, so whatever they manage to do with that to improve it, will just add value for my dollar, and since I don’t require much more than an “8 hour” campaign to be happy in that realm, I think I am probably safe.

      The thing is, there are a ton of games that get great reviews that you couldn’t pay me to play. I won’t mention them by name, but I have literally several big name games in mind, AAA, that I haven’t/wouldn’t touch. And there are games that get mediocre reviews that I love. I sincerely don’t care what the “journalists” think of it. Not even a smidgen. Unless they like the game I like, in which case it is fun to have them celebrating it with me.

      To Kenny’s more general embargo point, I am not so worried about it. Ultimately, I don’t trust the reviews (even released a week or two in advance). Often times, the game breaks and bugs don’t reveal themselves until after the 15-20 hour mark. The reviewers wouldn’t/don’t catch that anyway.

      For me the problem is the pre-order DLC deals that if you don’t grab, you have to pay extra for after the game releases. I want to read the reddit threads, etc., after the game is released to find out what problems I should expect to encounter (again, stuff that doesn’t appear in reviews anyway). But by waiting that long, of course, I miss out on that pre-order DLC. This is a clever marketing tactic by the publishers. I don’t like it, but it is the way things are done in all free markets, and it is fair.

    • Blankman permalink*
      March 3, 2016 11:24 pm

      Agent Herandar, you are tasked for travel to Costa Rica, in order to rendezvous with a CERA virologist that may have a breakthrough in a vaccine for the ‘Green Flu.’ Our liaison will contact you when you touch down at the LZ. It is imperative that you have your go-bag on your person at all times. More details will be incoming. Good luck & God speed.

  5. Blankman permalink*
    March 3, 2016 7:28 pm

    Two new vids are embedded on the main post about the Season Pass & year one content as well as a cinematic TV spot trailer! Massive seems to be using the term “incursions” to describe ‘strikes,’ but they’re only limited to a 4-man squad instead of the 8-man teams that Ryan Barnard had mentioned at E3 2014. Speaking of Barnard, I think he’s been replaced shortly after 2014. He’s been completely MIA.

    The vid gave us a bit more insight on what to expect from the Season Pass. The Conflict content update is rumored to turn the entire PvE map into a Dark Zone. The Underground content sounds like challenge arenas/levels kind of like the movie, The Raid, only instead of going up, you’ll be traveling down. The deeper & further you travel into the subterranean tunnels and survive, the better loot your team will get. Survival content is where you’ll need the resources of food & hydration to survive ala Rise of the Tom Raider’s DLC Endurance mode. Last Stand is essentially Horde mode with the inclusion of turrets and automated defenses.

    There will also be loot trading planned for the near future, but it looks like it’ll be instance driven meaning that if a squad mate doesn’t want their drop, he/she can give it to a teammate. It will not be an open trading system like people are asking for. This is probably to prevent weapon & gear duplication hacks.

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