The Division's second-screen experience will be "really meaningful"

Massive Entertainment says companion app for upcoming next-gen game will offer a "whole new experience" for players.

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The second-screen experience for upcoming next-generation Tom Clancy game The Division will be "really meaningful," Massive Entertainment game director Ryan Bernard has said.

"We are creating a second-screen experience that will be really meaningful for the game," Bernard told Xbox Wire. "It will be a whole new experience for the group, through simultaneous and asymmetric gameplay between the mobile device and the console/PC game."

Explaining some of the functionality, Bernard said those playing through the app will be able to "seamlessly" join a game anywhere they want, as they control a drone. While playing as the drone, players will see the scene from a bird's eye view and are able to provide tactical support for teammates.

The Division is currently in development for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC. The game is powered by the Snowdrop Engine and will be released in fall 2014. For more on the game's second-screen functionality, check out the trailer below.


Discussion

101 comments
Exd3uS
Exd3uS

@Dannystaples14 "Why would you substitute this for a TV? I mean think about it you are playing games and you need to control a drone, if you are then going to be staring at an iPad or Phone the player obviously isn't moving which will render the TV in front of you unused. I have a decent controller and a massive TV, why would I switch to a tiny screen and no control worth talking about, just to control a drone for maybe up to 30 seconds?"

this is some kind of a joke? you have a decent controller, a massive TV and no brain at all. It's a companion app so you can help your friends, or if you're not at home with your massive TV. Just hilarious some coments i have read here

PinkSpider79
PinkSpider79

I do find it funny that since the Wii U has come out every body seems to be trying some form of second screen gaming, once again Nintendo lead the way and every one else copies all the while giving Nintendo SHIT for trying something different.

PinkSpider79
PinkSpider79

Oh and I thought second screen gaming was a gimmick. Thats what all the haters say about the Wii U

I'll stick with my Wii U game pad thanks I don't want to have to put my joy pad down and pick up my tablet or phone to play a game, how cumbersome 

soda128
soda128

I thought gamers were open minded to a certain extent.  We play games because it opens up your imagination and takes you to many different places in different ways, yet so many people are just like, "GET OUTTA HEEEERE WITH THAT".  Devs are trying new things and gamers are fearing change.

Master_Vexov
Master_Vexov

That flying drone i been wondering, just how OP it might turn out. A device that is human controlled that pops out and gives mega bonuses like  " -50% armor to enemies" " +50% damage!!" "Missile from the sky to decimate enemies".

Will it be that not having someone on a tablet will win it or lose it?. Even when its 3v2, but your enemies have someone controlling a drone.. what will the odds be now?. I know increasing damage giving to 1 ally by 50% doesn't equal that of having 100% damage of an additional member.. but there is still that rocket/missile + w/e else, and that rocket looked devastating(like 1 hit, 3 kills).

Maybe the drone can be taken down rather simply and tracked around the map.. maybe a auto anti drone turret can be deployed.

BelaidKL
BelaidKL

You know what... It looks pretty darn impressive! Seems to make sense, within the games world, and also looks (as they say) meaningful to play

DrvoJavorovo
DrvoJavorovo

Now i can provide team support while on the toilet, I will never need to stop playing..

CptJohnnyRico
CptJohnnyRico

this looks so useless, ill just use my mouse and keyboard thanks.

arqe
arqe

I hope i challange with all of you who says "mobile useless crap". When i Tag and Kill you from behid walls you all will be Crying "HACKER HACKER HACKER". But my gf  who enjoys the iPad mostly will be my companion while you crybabies searching everything on your own.

Also this is not just SOME APP this same level or higher than Battlfields "Commander Mode".

denhoffi
denhoffi

I'm really exited for this game it looks interesting but this second screen craze worries me a little bit, it seems like people can really screw up your experience with that thing, I hope they balance it right and don't make those drones to powerful.

Dannystaples14
Dannystaples14

I really hope this is the same as 3D in movies. Everyone (well the developers) get all excited and then it dies a quick death and no one uses it for a while.

Why would you substitute this for a TV? I mean think about it you are playing games and you need to control a drone, if you are then going to be staring at an iPad or Phone the player obviously isn't moving which will render the TV in front of you unused. I have a decent controller and a massive TV, why would I switch to a tiny screen and no control worth talking about, just to control a drone for maybe up to 30 seconds? Which since this is a mobile device will probably get crashed into a wall during that time.

thermalmotion
thermalmotion

Games these days always talk about companion apps, but I have never had a good experience with one. They tend to break immersion and basically present a crappier version of the main game, at least in my experience.

Salt_AU
Salt_AU

Keep mobile phone crap AWAY from my games thanks.

commander1122
commander1122

is this a single player or just multi player game?

XNEXUS666X
XNEXUS666X

Stoked I'll be able to interact with my console gaming while at work, rather than meaninglessly posting on the internet.

s0ldier69
s0ldier69

Way more excited for this than I am for cell phone of duty, er.. watch dogs. 

AyatollaofRnR
AyatollaofRnR

Not interested in second screen functionality. Seems like a novelty at best.

Hiliary
Hiliary

This is my most anticipated game. Can't wait!!! R.I.P Tom Clancy.

quidditch3
quidditch3

Can't wait this game has alot of potential

blueboxdoctor
blueboxdoctor

The game has a lot of great potential so far, can't wait for it to come out, hopefully it delivers.

wyshouldi02
wyshouldi02

So excited for this, not...DIVIDED at all. AHHHH

stickybun
stickybun

Awesome. SmartGlass is brilliant if it's used properly.

pyro1245
pyro1245

I think this is a cool idea. Now i'm thinking that more PC games should be developed that make use of multiple monitors so you can have a secondary screen to display stats and maps on other such information.

DamnILoveGames
DamnILoveGames

So long as it doesn't make the game too unfair for those without the app I'm ok with it.

plm3d_basic
plm3d_basic

It would be great if you could get satellite views like google maps but in real time or be able to hack into cameras and see your enemies.

IbbiBhai
IbbiBhai

Another Great Game From The Legendary TOM CLANCY.

Dumper1
Dumper1

As long as it doesn't affect someone playing on their own. Not really something I'm interested in.

M3o5nster
M3o5nster

This, MGS V, and FF XV... My top 3 most awaited games for next gen.

bbq_R0ADK1LL
bbq_R0ADK1LL

Could be interesting, I'll give it a go.

I'll withold judgement until I try it, all I can say is it better be ready for release, unlike the GTA V app.

tommynj
tommynj

Exclusive content for anyone who will be playing this on an Xbox One.

Ansonicus
Ansonicus

If it works, I look forward to it. If it doesn't work, I still look forward to the game. I'm sure it won't detract from the game either way.

tonyleo01
tonyleo01

This the one next gen game I'm really looking forward to.

Thanatos2k
Thanatos2k

So a game finally exists that would actually benefit from being on the Wii U...and they put it on mobile?  Morons.

Apastron
Apastron

@PinkSpider79 The difference is that Nintendo created a screen that can only be used in the proximity of the console.  The 'second screen' they're talking about here is a way of contributing to the online component of the main PS4/X1 from a third-party device such as a phone or tablet, during your lunch break or on the train.

Master_Vexov
Master_Vexov

@arqe Easy now, if ppl can see the the plain advantage of additional firepower vs none.. then forget them.

Dannystaples14
Dannystaples14

@AggrandizedUser To be fair the iFruit app just straight up blows. Windows glass thing whatever it is called is terrible. So are any others I cared so much about I can't remember them.

If someone actually made a decent attempt at it, you could sort of understand but no one has and I seriously doubt it will happen any time soon.

Swedish_Chef
Swedish_Chef

@commander1122 I'm pretty sure they said you can play solo, but would want/need a group in certain areas of the city.

LS-Chaos
LS-Chaos

@s0ldier69 o.o How is Watch Dogs like COD? I figure it copies more from Assassins Creed! 

moriwenne
moriwenne

@pyro1245 You're clearly thinking about BF4's battlescreen map that you can have open live on a second monitor for when you are in a vehicle for instance.

Vodoo
Vodoo

@DamnILoveGames From what I've read, the tablet person is completely independent from the 4-player team. The tablet person can either help you or fight against you whenever it feels like it. I'm also sure they'll have a setting to not play with tablets. But it's probably the best use of tablet/smartphone integration I've seen, along with Watch Dogs (but that Ubisoft also).

M3o5nster
M3o5nster

@Thanatos2k Maybe Nintendo are the morons for not making the Wii U powerful enough to push these kinds of games.

This was the first game I saw that actually looked next gen.

arqe
arqe

@Master_Vexov @arqe Its not "if ppl can see" they already showed how that Drone works but people still says "its useless companion app , useless shit , bla bla bla"

They are ignorant or retarded because Ubisoft already showed how its working and its not just an APP.

PinkSpider79
PinkSpider79

@AyatollaofRnR @Thanatos2k  What is Nintendos fault? What coz they don't copy exactly what Sony and Microsoft are doing, Do you really want 3 Big consoles all doing exactly the same thing?

PinkSpider79
PinkSpider79

@M3o5nster @Thanatos2k I think you underestimate what the Wii U will be capable of when the developers really start pushing it. When the 360 first came out games looked no better than GameCube now look at the 360, developers are always squeezing out that little bit more. Don't be so quick to judge the console

M3o5nster
M3o5nster

@PinkSpider79 I think you're underestimating The Division or overestimating Wii U. I never bought a 360 but I know AAA PS3 games never looked like Gamecube... 

It's fine if you're loyal to Nintendo for whatever reason, but I wouldn't be so quick to blindly follow them. Nintendo says Nintendo players buy Nintendo consoles for Nintendo games... You should be happy with just Mario and Zelda (etc).