The Division to Have “Little or no Interruption” Between PvP, Co-Op, and Solo Play

In The Division, developer Ubisoft Massive hopes to create an open, living, breathing world that integrates seamlessly into the game’s solo play, co-operative play, and competitive play with “with very little or no interruption.”

It might sound a little ambitious, but with the studio’s powerful new Snowdrop engine, they aim to create a true next-gen experience on the Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC.

“The game is built around seamless online integration,” Massive recently said in a Q&A. “Going from playing alone, to playing in a group, to playing PvP will all be handled with very little or no interruption.”

Much like the scenario depicted in the game’s initial reveal trailer, players will be able to shift from one experience to the other with no hassle.

“In the game you will be able to team up with a group of friends in co-op and jump in and jump out at any time,” Massive says. “In certain areas, you can also seamlessly engage in PvP and experience dangerous, suspenseful scenarios; but you will be able to play as a group without being exposed to PvP.”

Players will also be able to explore a gigantic landscape in The Division that Massive believes “is going to be the largest and most detailed New York City ever seen in a video game and we want the player to feel like they are actually exploring the city with all its landmarks, street names and atmosphere.”

With the Snowdrop engine, showcased at last year’s VGX Awards, Massive wants to “create a universe offering a wide variety of features, such as a reactive living-world system with complex AI, procedural destruction and dynamic global illumination,” the studio said.

“We are also able to integrate more objects than ever before in the environment in order to create a devastated New York City that looks both realistic and frightening.”

Still, no solid release date is set for The Division, but keep your sights on MP1st for more on the game.



  • Katana67

    I am glad they’re at least talking about it. Look forward to seeing whether or not Massively has anything to add at E3.

    I feel that they wouldn’t be talking about it, releasing screens, and discussing the engine if it were all smoke.

    Definitely my most anticipated upcoming game.

  • MegaMan3k

    I really truly want Division to be as good as it seems.

  • xHDx

    I really like everything this offers so far. I hope they stick to the late 2014 release date and that nothing pushes it beyond that.

    “but you will be able to play as a group without being exposed to PvP.”

    I think this is great. Won’t having to hate joining an online to be murdered by Players who I don’t know when I don’t have an intention to kill them, or maybe it will be like normal private games, Who knows.

    Anyway, it looks to good to be true with that new engine =)

    • Just saying

      If I understand the article right then you can even join your friends without having to encounter other players. Just Co-op missions without interruption which will be great, again if I understood it right.

      • xHDx

        I hope it will be like GTA V’s style of disabling the PvP, but at the same time allow you to shoot AI etc. GTA V didn’t do it s good as you could still blow people’s cars up to kill them. I hope they improve how it works, if it’s featured.

        • Just saying

          I think if they made it the same way as GTA V, it will be confusing for many. The game pretty much relies on killing to survive so if we say a group of 4 players spotted another 4 and started to take cover and prepare for this fight but suddenly they realize that the 4 guys they were getting ready to kill are in “passive” mode. My English isn’t strong so I hope you got what I meant. I think it’s better to offer 3 modes, one for offline playing, one for co-op vs AI and one (which will be the most popular) for online PvPvAI mode.

          • xHDx

            Yes I understand where you’re coming from. I think if a group of people were in ‘Passive Mode’ then they should appear on the map at all times for all players. This way people will know if ‘that group’ you encounter are in passive mode or not. Either that or they’ll implement the modes the said. Either way, i’m happy.

  • Nighthawk_0430

    One of the few games that pushed me to go ahead and get a PS4, I really hope this comes out by the end of the year, it just keeps sounding better and better

    • alex

      I would love for this to come out this year but honestly I see it getting pushed back to march of 2015. Gives them more time to perfect this massive game and all eyes will be on it sense most games will get released late 2014, kind of like titanfall is doing right now. ( even if it gets released this year I still believe it will make people forget about destiny) as long as the game is optimized to its fullest. I’ll take it when it’s ready

      • Just saying

        Why forget about Destiny? I’m getting both, that’s for sure. Destiny has so much to offer according to the details so far and The Division will be a masterpiece so I think both will make a great combo to eat your time.

        • alex

          I will be picking up both as well but personally when I play a game I wanna play that game only. So if the division gets pushed back to get more polished I won’t be so upset because I can get good time in with just destiny then the division. (I’m a lot more excited for the division) and when I was narrow the gap, I believe the devs will be able to get better and squeeze more power

          • Just saying

            The problem is that both consoles will get this “squeeze more power out of it” treat, so PS4 will stay superior in delivering at least the same experience as Xbox One in a much more smoother way or it will deliver higher graphics with the same smoothness on Xbox One. If you know what I mean.

    • Grif

      Yep, this game will definitely show which next-gen console is the best.
      *Cough PS4 Cough*

      • alex

        By the time the is released I think the X1 will have at least narrowed the gap some in performance. I’m waiting to get a ps4 when they announce TLOU gets the upgrade to next gen ( it’s bound to happen) or when a exclusive catches my eye. I’m watching The Order closely

        • Just saying

          I’m wondering how they will narrow this un-narrow-able gap! But who knows they may do it although I doubt it.

          • DanDustEmOff

            AMD’s Mantle has pushed MS and Khronos to improve API’s, Direct X and Open GL are currently undergoing improvements that may or may not be carried over to the Xbox One and PS4 that would improve the performance of both machines. The Xbox One also has a unique architecture, that makes it more difficult to get the best performance out of the machine, but not impossible.

  • T-51B

    The cute girls who work at my gamestop won’t let me preorder this shit!!!

    • Alex Melendez

      Haha what?

      • Too young

        • Alex Melendez

          Im too young to get his meaning or hes too young to buy the game?

  • ChrisBChillin

    This is the one game I’m looking forward to the most with next gen gaming. With all of the hype Titanfall has gotten I still am way more hyped for this.

  • Mohammed Naja

    Is it wrong that I dont want a release date because I want them to make the game perfect.

    • zacflame

      I’m sure there’s a man who was thrown out of a window for thinking that.

  • Grif

    I want this game so bad!

  • Jeff Kazimer

    Very promising indeed. This game is going to be a “True” Next-Gen title. I hope!

  • Zebalot

    BF series replacement

  • Kyle Jackson

    So is next-gen just 1080p gaming? Because I’ve been enjoying that for quite a few years now.

    • Herbert

      792p on XBONE

      • Kyle Jackson

        In 2014 that’s terrible.

        • DanDustEmOff

          That’s when they use processors that are less poweful than a modern smart phone.

          Xbox/PS4 8 core 1.6 processor.

          Samsung Galaxy S5 will be available with an 8 core 2.2 processor.

          Both machines are horribly underpowered.

          • Just saying

            They could’ve made them way stronger but that would affect the price. In a $400 price range, you can’t get what you expected.

            • DanDustEmOff

              Surely MS and Sony could have leveraged their massive buying power to secure better hardware at a reduced cost. A Samsung Galaxy also sits around that price range and probably costs a ton more to develop due to the amount of hardware they require just to function. The problem is that they have changed the business model, where they used to make the consoles at a loss and claw the money back through licencing and other techniques, this time they have designed each unit to turn a profit.
              The result is underpowered systems operating on mobile CPU/GPU configurations. Again there is a problem phone manufacturers have gotten really good at making handsets quickly and affordable both the Xbox and PS4 have been out less than a year and are already being caught up by mobile phones. How will they stand up to them in two, three and 6 years time?
              It’s not looking good for either system even with potential improvements to Direct X, open GL, Mantle and other forms of optimisation. In the consoles generation there will probably be six to eight phone generations and that’s where the problem lies. People are too opposed to change, if consoles were launched like phones, free console but you pay a monthly subscription at around £30-£50

            • Just saying

              I think your subscription idea is really good and something like this evolution kit that is sold to boost your Samsung Smart TV performance would work. All what matters to me is to have a gaming device that doesn’t require me to change graphical settings to get the best performance out of it. That’s the mean reason behind me buying consoles. Something like an evolution kit to get a better looking and maybe to be able to play a certain game is a good idea that could work through the PS+ and XBL Gold sub.

            • DanDustEmOff

              Samsung seem to have aspirations in this market, I believe that they will apply their framework to the console market using Android or a home grown OS. I can see these machines becoming serious rivals to the PS4 and Xbox One before the end of their lifecycle.
              Imagine a machine more powerful than the PS4, that you can carry in your pocket, game on the go with and connect to any display wherever you go that supports controllers, KB & M, a vast array of other peripherals and it’s still a phone or tablet.
              If they made something like that with a ton of killer apps and AAA titles on board, I can not see gaming consoles survive in that sort of hostile market for long.

            • Just saying

              It will happen sometime but I doubt it’s in this PS4/X1 life cycle, maybe when next gen comes out so they can get the maximum market share possible, if they convinced us that it’s worth putting money into. Now gamers already decided which console they are getting and millions already bought one with zero intention to try something new at the moment. Still the idea of a smartphone (or smartphone size-like device) working as a gaming console is something I can imagine happening through Samsung mainly. We might hear rumors about this and prototypes but the real deal will be released in the next console cycle, if there’s an intention to make one.

            • DanDustEmOff

              Towards the end of the X1/PS4 life cycle is the perfect time to strike. The power is nearly there so it’s just a matter of getting the killer apps. If Sony and MS plan on getting 8 years out of these systems both will be dramatically out of date and people will be looking for something else way before then. I honestly see this becoming a reality in less than 8 years… much less.

            • Just saying

              I don’t know why I feel that Samsung (with a new device) and Apple (with a new Apple TV for gaming with a controller according to rumors last month) will jump into this gaming console war. It’s a crazy business that only two major players are in so I highly doubt that the next life cycle will be only Sony and MS. Valve is already trying to enter but the only interesting thing IMO is their controller and I also think that Alienware will be the main competitor for them but it’s just a hunch.

          • Kyle Jackson

            They’ve been ripped off then.

            • DanDustEmOff

              Sort of, the reaction that consumers give towards change does hinder the way the industry can innovate how they monetise gaming platforms a bit too.

    • VEX_VEHIX

      Lol.

      Building my rig as I type this. 🙂

      Division looks promising, I actually miss TPS.

      • Kyle Jackson

        I bought Arma 3 yesterday and am playing Breaking Point, get on with it!

        • VEX_VEHIX

          Is Arma 3 still on sale?

          I’m done with the build. So far so good. Just finished installing Win 7 Ultimate 64bit. 🙂

          • Kyle Jackson

            Arma 3 is not on sale anymore, but I went to my local game shop and found it cheaper than Steams sale.

            Win 7 64 still the best OS for gaming, Windows 8 has some restrictions on older games.

            We’ll hook up on BF4 when you’re ready if you like?

            • VEX_VEHIX

              Damn, I should have purchased it when they had the sale. No worries, I’m sure DayZ, BF4, and Titanfall with keep me busy.

              Yes, read alot on Win 8 issues. I’m happy with 7.

              So, first impressions. SICK! The graphics are nuts! I love how I can customize…pretty much everything. I don’t feel restricted anymore as I did with my Playstation. This became clearer as I hate BF4s new control schemes. Now, I can bind any key I want! Mmmuuahahahahhahaaaaa 😉

              Also got the wired Xbox 360 controller hooked up. Sweetnesss! Although I need to get used to it, being a Playstation fan since PS1. Lol

              So far, I’m am thrilled I chose a gaming PC. Just feels, right. I launched Dayz, creepy. I felt so nervous. Hahah

              We can definitely link up, bro. Still trying to get my key bindings perfect.

            • Kyle Jackson

              Man you’ll never be able to get off of it now, tweaking with the settings is part of the fun. Next you’ll want to be trying “SweetFX”.

            • VEX_VEHIX

              Reading more on SweetFX. So far, im interested. 🙂

            • Kyle Jackson
            • VEX_VEHIX

              Hey! Bought the Notua NH-D14 on sale, $64.99USD. Whoot. Will be installing this weekend. Cant wait to learn more and try some overclocking.:)

            • Kyle Jackson

              Sent you a Battlefield 4 invite, name is Wolf-Butcher btw…

            • VEX_VEHIX

              I’ll be on tonight.

            • Kyle Jackson

              I’m in Battlelog now, you just need to accept my invite.

            • VEX_VEHIX

              Accepted. 🙂

            • Kyle Jackson

              Actually just realised you’re 5 hours behind us, so you’re probably busy at work or something…

            • VEX_VEHIX

              Hahaha..yes. Its 8:46PM for me now. Might hop on, but will definitely accept invite.

            • Kyle Jackson

              I got this response at 1:45am so maybe just hook up on the weekend.

            • VEX_VEHIX

              Lol

  • theplantain

    i’m gonna buy this, get in a gunfight and try to close a police car door

  • theplantain

    this

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