The Division Developers Show Off Snowdrop Engine In This Impressive GDC Tech Demo

Here’s a new look at the Snowdrop Engine, the impressive new game engine powering the next-gen massive multiplayer online shooter coming to the Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC later this year, The Division.

While at this year’s GDC, the developers at Ubisoft Massive took the time to demonstrate their powerful new engine in this fascinating new tech demo that you can catch above. Interestingly, you’ll also catch a glimpse of some new scenes from The Division, so don’t miss it. Here are some new screens




Be sure to tell us what you think! Pretty impressive, right?

  • Katana67




      • Oblivion_Lost667

        RIGHT MEOW!

  • BOSS jediZOHAN

    This and Unreal 4 have been blowing my mind recently. The development tools in UE4 are insane. The way dynamic effects are going to work in future games is going to be astounding.

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    • ilias

      It may be, but since its a ubisoft game i bet it will require uplay too

    • Grif

      Nah it’s a Ubisoft game, so it will be on Uplay, which sucks.

      Edit – Though some Ubisoft games are on Steam, for example Tom Clancy: Blacklist. So you may be able to buy it on Steam, but require you to use Uplay with it.

      • Oblivion_Lost667

        Yeah it’ll require Uplay, but most if not all Ubisoft games have been on Steam, and (I’m not sure how many) a lot on Origin too. The only one I haven’t seen that’s coming out soon-ish is this one and Watch Dogs. Even the new full release of Ghost Recon Online (Which is being renamed Ghost Recon Phantoms.) is going to be on Steam in April.

    • MeisseN

      It will probably be on Steam since if they only release it on Uplay the sales will somewhat decrease. The popularity of Steam is too huge to be ignored. If you buy disks or directly from Uplay shop, your game will only require Uplay to play. If you buy it on Steam, you will need to download the game on Steam, yet you need to acquire the key from Steam to activate the game on Uplay. Then when you run the game on Steam it opens Uplay first and then launches the game. If you launch it on Uplay though, it will say that the game’s being launched through Steam.

      Wait.. Did I digress?

  • Akbar4541

    What’s all the hype about the division about? Not trying to troll, I genuinely don’t know

    • pot51e

      I dunno, but for me it was love at first sight – and I don’t even like 3PS games!

    • The Hype is this –

      The Division isn’t a game centered around surviving the apocalypse, like so many games have been about, it’s about picking up the pieces after it has happened. It’s an RPG Survival, like Fallout mixed with DayZ. It’s insane to think about how great it looks, to how accurate everything is, to how new it feels.

      That’s what the hype is about.

  • Aria68

    WOW something tells me 720p is confirmed for X1!

    • wubwub

      Dont forget the “cinematic” 24 fps.

    • Alex Melendez

      Is it or are you just messing around?

  • pbvider

    This is the game that will save me from BF4 disaster!

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  • Johnny Neat

    I’m dying to play this. My most anticipated game. Granted, Witcher 3 and Destiny are dope too, but this has my fill attention. I hope it doesn’t need to be pushed till late 2015.

  • xHDx

    This game looks nothing short of amazing. I’m so glad it’s open world multiplayer. The only other game which can match this aspect of gamestyle is GTA. It should be interesting to see how this compares.

    • Oblivion_Lost667

      Watch Dogs may be another competitor pretty soon, we’ll see how the MP pans out. Ubisoft is really loving the open world games lately!

  • Tank Buster

    Only thing I don’t like about this game is I don’t foresee me leaving the house much when this game is released.

  • BFTitan

    They should have an FPS option. FPS plays and looks better in a shooter. And considering that FPS (TF, BF, COD) is king in shooters.

    • MeisseN

      … Why would they have an FPS option when they are creating a TPS game… I mean, I know FPS plays better but this game is TPS…

  • Brian

    Tired of hearing about the engine. It’s all they talk about. I want more gameplay.

    • Devin Jackson

      I think you would talk about your engine a lot too, if you just created a new next gen engine that looks better than nearly every one elses.


    Can’t wait! This and H:Hour will make me love TPS again!

    • Did GTA do for Vex or not?
      My favourite TPS series are Read Dead, GTA, Mass Effect, and Uncharted. All for single-player.

      • VEX_VEHIX

        I really enjoyed RDR and GTA, but found myself getting bored after awhile. Those were more single player entertainment for me. I’m hoping H:Hour can bring the MP competition back.

  • Alvaro Munive

    All aboard to the HYPE train!

  • Devin Jackson


  • Ryan ‘Ryman’ Clark

    The flexibility of this engine looks insane. Once all the assets are made it’s really just a matter of dropping it in and adjusting portions as needed (notice the rocks when they put them near the tree).

  • SamRock

    I am here after watching the Unreal Demo… and I must say.. this look awesome!! While Unreal Engine is busy adding more special effects, lens and light. This Engine allows you to create realistic and believable world! That Fire effect on teh building looked super real!

    Funny they picked the name SnowDrop… slap to Frostbite? 😀

    Not liking the fact that its coming from Ubisoft. I really havent liked any of their recent year games.

  • Now this. This is Next Gen.

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