The Division Could Join Destiny in Becoming One of Biggest New IP Launches Ever, Ubisoft Says

The Division launches in March behind great anticipation.

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Ubisoft has very high hopes for The Division. Managing director John Parkes said this week at Ubisoft's Investor Day presentation that the third-person shooter has the potential to become one of the biggest new game IP launches of all time, joining the likes of Bungie's Destiny (2014), as well as Ubisoft's Watch Dogs (2014) and Assassin's Creed (2007). Below is a slide that Parkes shared on the subject of new IP, while more comments follow.

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"Because of its many attributes--RPG, shooter, massive online multiplayer, realistic setting in a beautifully recreated New York, great open world playable in solo or in co-op--The Division can become one of the biggest launches ever for a new IP," Parkes said.

He went on to note that The Division's trailers have generated 225 million views, which is 30 percent ahead of where Watch Dogs was one month before launch.

Additionally, Parkes said Ubisoft was humbled by the interest players are showing for The Division, noting that the game's closed beta saw more registrations than any Ubisoft game ever. Overall, three times more people played the beta than Ubisoft had anticipated, Parkes said.

The Division's closed beta was held at the end of January for people who preordered. The open beta launched this week and is now available across PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.

After multiple delays, The Division is now slated to arrive for all three systems on March 8. In other news, the game's expansions will reportedly launch 30 days early on Xbox One.

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Edited By coryNcali

Seems to be polarizing and thats perfectly fine, games are subjective. For me this game is exactly what ive always wished for and ive been hyped since 2013 and the betas have allowed me to breath easy knowing that the extra time the devs got was worth it. Also between what is conformed and what is teased that seems logical, looks like 4 to possibly 6 factions, most likely multi group raids, minimal load times, matchmaking is easy and works great. Imo the graphics are fantastic and ive had so much fun playing beta. Also im usually not into pvp or sniping, but ive loved both in this game. Also pvp is something new and that shouldnt be overlooked, most pvp games have played out modes

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Gamers make me laugh .. call these games flops ?? "biggest new game IP launches of all time" .. Believe they were actually pretty successful !!

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Alpha was good .. Beta's were good .. Yeah OK UBI im impressed !! Siege is the best Shooter on Console and I cant wait to play the full release of the Division .. But if you have turned things around don't get sloppy again !!

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Edited By itchyflop

yeah it was ok, maybe needs a little more depth in areas, is it worth £50 however?

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Edited By BigFeef

Didn't do the closed beta simply because I don't like doing them much; but had to give this game a spin just because I was interested and because I really don't trust UbiSoft enough to plunk down on any of their games without trying it out first. All I will say about my beta experience is that it turned me from a skeptic to a fan in less than 2 hours.

This was a game I probably would have gotten about 6 months after launch, if that. The main reason is that the last three UbiSoft games I played have left a bad taste in my mouth. Unity was a buggy mess and just meh, Syndicate was OK but didn't really do much for me, and Siege was just garbage. Of those three, the only one I actually bought was Unity - Syndicate was a rental and Siege became a no-buy after 2 hours in one of it's betas on Steam. With The Division though, I'm actually having a hard time not pre-ordering it; something that actually surprised me for an UbiSoft game... But being an UbiSoft game; it's still gonna get the 'check it out 2 weeks after launch then buy maybe' treatment; which is the highest compliment from me for one of their games nowadays.

Edit: Almost forgot about Watch Dogs. That was another disappointing UbiSoft game that was so memorable I didn't even remember that is was awful...

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I enjoyed the beta, but can't see this being a day one purchase. The dark zone in particular seemed quite sparse and aimless. You are loosely meant to co-operate against AI and also look for opportunity to kill other players and steal their loot, but If your on your own this is easier said than done. It was mostly me who got loot stolen.


So what am I meant to do in the dark zone? Camp extraction zones, hunt unsuspecting players? shoot the occasional AI. There's just not enough driving it.

I feel like this game will evolve overtime like destiny, so its probably worth waiting.

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Played the closed beta and just dropped back in last night, i wasnt overly impressed after the closed Beta, there was a lot of hype and it seemed a bit Barren, but knowing what to expect after a break i liked it a whole lot more, i didnt get too deep in the Betas not sure if some of this stuff was in there but at the end i hadnt seen the pyros or the prisoners etc, i believe this game could have massive potential for group events and other situations looking forward to see where ubi takes this game

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The single player is fun and something I was hoping would be the main focus but after two betas I don't want to buy the full game.

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Edited By Bond_Villain

I played the beta, it looks great. I must say the snow/slush looks convincingly dirty :)

Gameplay wise, yeah it's good. Nothing mind blowing, but it's fun

I'm on a PS4.

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It's alright. The human enemies and real world environment don't really draw me in too much. Runs really well on my old hardware and looks great. It's solid technically but doesn't really bring anything new. 3rd person shooter mechanics are pretty standard. It doesn't experiment that much. Definitely plays it very safely.

I'm not crazy about the dark zone either. All I could find were these extraction events. Not many mobs to kill.

I'll wait a bit

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@dethtrain: there's quite a few mob groups around that arnt in extraction zones you just have to search around, there's a good group in the subway and in the sports shop and in the quarentined zone

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I played the Beta like others on here and the game is a joke. Don't waste your time or money. They shouldn't have made this an online centric game either.

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Edited By Flames325

@edwardnygma: Speak for your damn self don't tell other people not to buy a game because you suck at it.I played it on the XOne the game looks amazing and the co-op is a blast to play.Also you can play the game offline you don't have to go online wih it it's not hard to understand.Seems you are the joke now go back to your indie games

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Edited By itchyflop

@flames325: no disrespect, isn't that a little hostile, its EdwardNygma opinion which he is entitled to.

I too can get enthusiastic with regard to gaming as you clearly have.

The division has a ubi soft (watchdogs) feel to it, which looked ok, however i thoroughly enjoyed it, and in my opinion the division plays very nicely, running everywhere is a ball ache, but only adds to the setting.

I would have maybe informed EdwardNygma its a beta test phase and not the final product. :)

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Played the Beta today with my buddies from Destiny, not bad at all it is a fun game. Lots of incentive to repeat missions at increased difficulties, you always have a chance for loot. I also dig the armor system tied together with damage output/health/tech power. I will play some more, I have not gone into a dark zone but what I heard is lots of cheaters taking advantage of glitches to camp and snipe other players to steal their loot. Perhaps they'll figure out that whole dark zone and the way it announces when you called for evac so everyone and their mom knows. Well so far the cool perks and abilities seem to be pretty ingenious, sentry is pretty cool to deploy. I'll probably get this as I have friends already lined up to play with.

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@SavageEvil: Agree with most of this. After the closed beta in January they said they'd have anti-cheat up for release. Based on the limited closed beta the Dark Zone is basically there to get really great loot while also killing other players.

Once I got the max dark zone loot based on the level cap I was done with the beta and had no more reason to PvP. I wonder if the level 30 refresh of the Dark Zone will give players a reason to PvP beyond loot (no idea what that'd be). If not I'm still good with the amount of content.

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@kappamerc: This is the beta not the full game

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I wish they'd stop using boring games like Destiny and bad games like Watchdogs in these articles about The Division. Very misleading.

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@kappamerc: Read and]you might figure out why Watchdogs was mentioned.

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Games that promised a lot and delivered below expectations.

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Division is the new and improved Destiny, get with the program people

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@rosinmonkekyx17: Which game has better mechanics as far as controls?

I liked Destiny's gameplay but the "rewards" were an absolute joke & made me ultimately hate the game.

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I hate all the comments hating Ubisoft. For what reason? You don't like their games? Don't play them. Don't go around and grief others for no reason.

I have to say though, that I probably won't be getting this game. Probably. Way too many other game releases coming my way.

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@battlestreak: It's the Internet. Everyone thinks there opinion is the best opinion and if you think differently from me you are an idiot.

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I like The Division Beta much better than the Destiny beta...far more than I thought I'd like a Ubisoft game on PC.

The problem I have is I'm not a big supporter of DLC, so I'm unwilling to pay above the cover price in order to fill the game out.

I also don't like the online only element, having all my "paid content" flushed down the toilet once the servers get canned.

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@beantownsean: I just look at it as a game that I'm going to max out in and then quit. If something interesting comes out I'll come back to it, otherwise there are plenty of other games to play.

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@lonesamurai1: Seems to have been quite successful !!

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@lonesamurai1: Successful business wise I mean !!

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@lonesamurai1: Don't think any of the Games were crap I played them all and not bad at all .. Watchdogs could have been better but wasn't a bad game .. still very playable and fun !!

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@lonesamurai1: Yeah that game could had been so much more if bungie would had stayed with microsoft.Then they would have had more time to finish the game and do so much more with it.Bungie has went down the toilet since they left microsoft studio they use to be the best developers around.I will never buy another game from them

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@flames325: I would have to say that the Crucible is what was the biggest let down within the game. It was shallow and NOWHERE near the depth of Halo: Reach. Had they put more into the versus, they would have kept more players around a little longer. Obviously they still did well without it. I was just hoping for more vehicle warfare. Oh well......

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@flames325: If they would stay with MS, MS would probably push the exclusivity "feature"/"promo" (Call whatever you like).

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Destined to be as great as Watchdogs!

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Edited By XzerocarnageX

The people still bitching really need to get there heads out there arses. Serious this is way better than Destiny ever was. For a start you don't feel like your restricted in the social part of this new franchise, you can play alone, play co op, squad up, there's always a way to find people.

Ubisoft have created a very near perfect mmorpg for console that you only ever see on pc. I reckon the ones bitching either got screwed up in the dark zone and got battered all over constantly or have not even played it and just continue talking about the next to no experience they have in the game.

I actually believe it could be a bigger release hit than Destiny, I already think the division is at a better standard, more content on release, deffo more varieties in weapons/armors, more attachments to. The main base feels more alive, more interactable. The real life setting is much better than a sci to setting. Graphics are way better, especially when you look at the snow drop engine and all the neat little things that can be achieved. The division actually has a story and Tom Clancy games usually have decent story's from terrorism to espionage and I enjoy that kinda thing. It also has a very dark twisted setting and you see this take place from story to cut scenes to echos.

Ubisoft also have a season pass and having said they will not be doing microtransactions, I'm happy to have this season pass, especially how Ubisoft have come out and said there will be supply drops and special and seasonal events with the division. If you don't know what seasonal events are, I played a lot wow, rift guild wars and dc universe and others. When Xmas arrives along with Easter, Halloween, they throw these events on for the holiday or special periods this changes the game, adding in New challenges, milestones mini games and other surprises, all those things to do during the event gives you the chance to gain one of kind loots or loots that only come around once if not once every year. To me whenever those other mmo's got a little dry one of these events would pop rite up and the game would feel refreshed..

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@xzerocarnagex: It is definitely better than Destiny or the one year later TTK expansion. That said, I really don't like comparing the two games, they aren't the same. For the price of Destiny (development wise) it should have been much more than it was or is.

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@xzerocarnagex:

"to get there heads out there arses" - xzerocarnagex

Maybe go back to school before you try to make an opinion.

Also, people having an opinion different from yours does not qualify as bitching. Grow up.

Try again.

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The Division Could Join the Titanic in Becoming One of Biggest Flops Ever, Commenter Says

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@NoFear87: errmmm, I beg to differ, I think it's a fun game from playing the beta :)

PS : how do you do those giant fonts?

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@Bond_Villain: I just copypasted the headline. I honestly didn't expect it to copy the size as well ^^

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@NoFear87: Nah. Not even close.

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Edited By Zicoroen

Played the beta and didn't like it. Gameplay and graphics are fine, but its MOBA elements are really awful, confused and a mess. I really enjoyed The Division when first saw it, but right now I won't buy it anymore.

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@Zicoroen: MOBA elements? It's a third person rpg shooter. Maybe you meant rpg elements.

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@Zicoroen: I been playing it on the XOne it's one of the easiest games i have ever played for the type of game it is.Seems you don't know how to play games time to give it up

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@Zicoroen: if you got confused then you really shouldn't be playing games. If my son is fine with it then I'm sure you can be to without finding it confusing..

It's obvious people are still bitching out there from posts like this but really the game is pretty damn hot and it's fun. It also feels like everything Destiny should of been in way of social features..

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@xzerocarnagex: It is really fun !! Great to team up and play as a group !!

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