How The Division's Weather Affects You and Enemies

Blizzards do more than give areas a new look.

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Things like the current time and weather are not merely cosmetic differences in The Division, the game's developers have revealed.

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These conditions can have tangible effects on gameplay, some of which were detailed in a new developer blog. According to senior game designer Fredrik Thylander, storms make it more difficult for both you and NPCs to see. Particularly bad storms can also impact how well aim assist works and reduce detection ranges for players and the AI.

The blog post goes on to note that player characters "will adjust themselves in order [to] avoid a face full of frost." This wasn't detailed any further, but presumably characters will adjust their clothing depending on the weather.

Another vague detail was that the time of day and weather will cause players to "experience civilians and wildlife differently."

The current time also serves as a way of changing the feel of a given area. "A mission during the day has a totally different mood than a mission during the night," said lead concept artist Tom Garden.

The Division is an ambitious title; it's being developed by at least four different studios and has been delayed a number of times. At E3 in June, Ubisoft announced it's now slated for release on March 8 for Xbox One, PS4, and PC. As you might guess, a DLC pass and collector's edition will both be available. A beta is coming before launch, and is due out first on Xbox One.

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Can't wait for this :)

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It would be nice to have more games, where weather is important and not only addition that makes things littlebit harder. With this game will require patience and skills. I remember MP in The Last of US, where snow storm comes and it was very hard to do something fast. Still this is one of the favorites maps. Another game, that will come in 2016 is Sniper Ghost Warrior 3, which will aslo have a advanced weather condtions which affects on weapon and will make headshots much much harder. Game will also have day and night cycle, so we will be aviabale to feel like a real sniper in a little jungle with dozens of enemy soldier to eleminate:)

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this video player sucks.. just switch to youtube player pls.

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will you guys at Gamespot change your "videoJS Flash "player to html5 or not?!

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looks like a ps2 game.

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We just watched someone launch a grenade between two people and they simply backed away and returned fire.

Yeah. THAT doesn't have frustration written all over it...

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That vertical slice...

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Anyone else find that dude on the left just straight up embarrassing? Like he wants to be a character soooo bad? Looks so forced. Maybe that's just how he is though. What do I know? Nothing that's what.

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Ubishit downgraded the game again. Torrents FTW! company which hates PC gaming doesn't deserve any money.

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OH LOOK another Ubisuck F*ck up ! I'll pass ! This game had so much potential three years ago but now its crap !

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I never had faith in Ubisoft games, even though I played a bunch of them, most of the mere never truly exceptional. I hope this stands out.

Maybe they meant you need to move the camera downwards and sideways to avoid the screen from getting full of frost? It could be that or gear or both.
The game seemed to suffer a serious graphical downgrade. I am also not a fan of games that keeps getting delayed over and over, but if they do take their time, I hope the results would be a polished "full" and memorable experience.

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I'm glad to see development is still chugging along. The last thing I remember hearing about this game was that they decided to scrap the drone app for portable devices, and then their team went silent so Ubi-Soft could focus their marketing exclusively on Assassin's Creed and Rainbow Six. Glad to see some proof of life.

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I'm not sure why the game doesn't look that good (Graphics) anymore :(.

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This game is one of the main games that my gf, and I are looking forward to ever since it was first announced almost 2 years ago.

I just hope its fun, polished, atmospheric, engrossing, and optimized.

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Scrap this game and release a decent SOCOM game already. A true tactical game.

NOT some pseudo-shooter with RPG elements, bullet-sponge enemies, bland&boring environment and ludicrous healing powers.

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@xolivierx: Socom was made by Zipper which was owned by Sony you dummy

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@xolivierx: wish i could go back and play socom 2 online again. They had the best online set up

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@xolivierx: How about not scrap this game! Many are still looking forward to it.

I wouldn't mind a good SOCOM, however, I don't see why this game has to be scrapped to make it.

Other tactical shooters are available and/or coming, there is a new Rainbow 6 coming, Ghost Recon Wildlands is coming, ARMA 3 is already out.... But yea lets scrap one of the few Online RPG-shooters to make room for yet another "true" tactical shooter. Because that some how makes sense... >.>

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i do not want say this is a good game ! but i dont want say its bad too ! when you dident play it please just dont take a comment about it :/

and when you hate some thing just dont say it here please.

this is a good game i know the graphic got low after that trailer on E3 :/ but its not a reason to be hater !

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For the same people thinking they know everything about this game without playing or seeing it in person, you just showed everyone why this industry is dying. You are nothing but whiny nerds and babies. I am sure you were the same assholes that cried about Rainbow Six Siege(another UbiSoft game) when you saw it. Not only is Siege everything the OLD Rainbow Six games were like, but it tested through the roof when the beta was released. They gave you half the operators and customization perks and it was still a blast. You fools kept comparing it to Vegas as if that was the first Rainbow Six game, it wasn't and that showed what a noob you really were. Siege is the exact same gameplay as the first Rainbow Six games. If graphics is what you want from a game that brings no depth then maybe you should play The Order 1886 and shut the **** up

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@mi_hung_lo: So not that I don't agree with you that certain gamers should unclench their sphincters so they'll stop holding in all of that rage . . . but Rainbow Six Siege is the "exact same gameplay" as the original game? Did I miss the hotkey for constructing portable barricades back in 1998?

I think skepticism is a reasonable attitude. I was super skeptical of Siege when I saw the list of operators' special abilities (a medical syringe gun gets pretty damned far away from anything approaching the level of realism Red Storm games traditionally aspired to, although I guess that particular horse left the barn during development of GRAW). People should feel free to be skeptical, and if they don't feel like their concerns are addressed by release, they should feel free to exercise an abundance of caution and purchase some other title instead. You know, pretty much the same way rational consumers treat any otherproduct.

I just wish people understood the distinction between "skepticism" and "indiscriminately shitting your own drawers."

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@mi_hung_lo: Agreed !! I'm not sure when this so called "Community" turned into whiney little self entitled babies but it certainly doesn't help the perception of Gamers.

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@mi_hung_lo: thanks to saying thats my point too! they just want to say hey come on this is just fu*** hype and... but they did not even played it :|

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@mi_hung_lo: Yeah, the people who hate this generic, uninspired garbage clone are the reason why this industry is dying, honestly it's shit like this that makes me wish this industry died a long time ago and a nuclear fallout occurred. How is Siege 'everything' the old games were like? I didn't know those were generic competitive MP games.

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@repulsive44552: The old R6 had 2 teams, 3 Alpha and 3 Bravo. You would plan your attack first and then infiltrate the terrorist hideout. Breach doors and crash through windows. Vegas changed the way it was played but people keep comparing shit to Vegas and that wasn't the original R6 gameplay. Any true vet would tell you the same. Vegas had wall cover way before anyone else did. Half of these fools have no idea why its called Rainbow Six to begin with

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@mi_hung_lo: It wasn't a competitive shooter, that's for sure.

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@repulsive44552: No he's right, the self entitled whiney little babies are killing the community. There are good games and Bad Games ... same with Everything in life ... Stop whining about everything and play something you enjoy !!

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@ltjohnnyrico: I wouldn't have to if good games were still made by AAA devs these days instead of this tired shit.

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@repulsive44552: AAA devs aren't making stuff like they used to because you asshats are never satisfied. You cry about any and every thing. You always want free stuff and you're not happy with what you have. You pirate games and mod their completed product to say that you could've done better. When they spend 100M to develop a game and it sells 500,000 copies....why bother. They then make 4M dollar games instead because they are company NOT a non profit organization

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@mi_hung_lo: What? Developers don't make good games anymore because they're run by corporate asshats that don't even play games, making good games is not economically efficient when people are willing to pay for the same shitty clones over and over again like this absolute, uninspired fuckin turd made for the lowest common denominator.

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@repulsive44552: Tell me when has being a self entitled cry baby ever been a good thing ? or constructive ? .. My Kids know better than that and worst thing is they are a lot younger than some of the babies posting on here !!

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Still bland, dumbed down, generic modern third person shooter #968767 that looks about as entertaining as swimming in a sea of cacti. The gameplay videos of this crap look absolutely horrid, I really don't get how anyone can be excited for shit like this anymore after we've played these countless times over the previous generation. BERT DA NEW GRAFIX ITZ SIK! Damn, I miss when people took pride in their work in this industry and consumers actually knew what good games were.

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@repulsive44552: People do still take pride in their work, just now they have self entitled babies crying every time something doesn't go their way.

I remember the old days in the arcades playing games that nowadays you would regard as simple and boring. You kids don't know how good you have it .. if you did .. you would simply STFU and enjoy things !!

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@ltjohnnyrico: Simple and boring? Those games were multiple times more fun than generic shit like this. I'd take a PC from 1999 over all post 2005 systems combined in a heartbeat. .

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@repulsive44552: I grew up with PacMan - I loved that Game but my kids would (and Do) Hate it.

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@repulsive44552: Oh shit! Where did you get your copy of the game, because I wanna get one too.

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@mi_hung_lo: I could tell it was shit as soon as I saw the banal gameplay, you don't have to play something to know it's going to suck balls.

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@repulsive44552: Course you could sunshine !! .. You know everything !!

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@ltjohnnyrico: That argument may have bared relevance at one point but over the past decade I've been able tell if something sucks by watching 10 seconds of gameplay, a skill I acquired from watching this industry decline rapidly.

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@repulsive44552: You my friend are too cynical for your own good !!

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@repulsive44552 : I have to agree. I'm currently watching a gameplay video. This guy is being bullet sprayed and he's not flinching. He only died after getting hit like 20 times.

Not to mention you can revive a teammate that's been shot(sorry but I don't grasp the concept of immortality in a video game)

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So. Much. Hate.

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idk where did people see the massive graphics downgrade. the video was from e3 so its the same. unless im missing something then by all means please let me know! I GOTS TO KNOW!

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@mi_hung_lo: sir, i think you need to go over the comment again lol absorb what you read. and stop trolling please

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