The Division Multiplayer – Ubisoft Sheds Details, More on PVP and Clans

The Division, an open-world always-online MMO TPS by Ubisoft Massive set in the middle of deadly outbreak in New York, was one of the more  impressive titles that took everyone by surprise when it was revealed to the world during Ubisoft’s 2013 E3 conference.

But, what exactly does Ubisoft Massive have in stored for this brand-new IP? Senior Community Developer, Antoine Emond, answers questions from curious community members about what the team behind The Division is planning with the multiplayer and the PvP experiences on a recent UbiBlog.

“The Division is an online, open world RPG experience where exploration, objectives and player progression are all essential,” writes Edmond. “You can team up with a group of friends in co-op and jump in and jump out at any time. In certain areas, you can also seamlessly engage in PvP and experience suspenseful scenarios where danger can come from anywhere and anyone.”

Speaking of the PvP experiences, fans may be interested to know that The Division’s PvP combat will be playing a huge roll, according to Edmond. He goes on to further detail, saying, “the choices you make as a Division agent can either spur a recovery or plunge the city further into chaos. The people you meet in certain areas of the game can either be your best friends or your worst enemies. So you’ll constantly be making decisions that will impact the world around you.”

Now, of course, no MMO game would be complete without some sort of clan or guild feature, which Edmond revealed the following about The Division’s clan system: “Right now we have no plans to cap the number of players who can be affiliated to any particular clan. We are also looking to have a very extensive web-based clan support system for all players in The Division. But we should have more to come around all this soon.”

Additionally, as you might of noticed during the reveal gameplay for The Division, your character features plenty of customization options, ranging from thousands of weapon types, skill combinations, gear and much more.

Although The Division was made with next-generation in mind, Ubisoft hasn’t ruled out of bringing their brand-new IP to the PC platform in the near future. Currently The Division is set to be released on the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One platforms, with a release date to be announced in the near future.

  • Q’s

    I’m really wondering, what will happen when you lose a PvP match against someone? Permadeath?

    • Thom

      i doubt it, it’ll probably be something similar to WOW with a skill drop for 30 mins or something like that. probably wont be a severe drop or respawn you away from the action, or in your last known safehouse.

      • Q’s

        Yeah, that seems more logical.

    • Katana67

      Ideally, I’d like to see some sort of Hardcore-esque server which would impose either permadeath or stricter penalties for dying. But I’d assume you’d probably just lose a bit of gear (I think the developers flat out said this, hence why they were in such a hurry to “extract” after getting the Mk 17 SSR).

      But, we really don’t’ know how often one will be encountering enemy players. Or whether there’s a chance that those players could be friendly, a la Day Z.

      • Oblivion_Lost667

        Losing a bit of gear, but letting the killer’s/whoever finds your body get the loot would be a cool system, you’d lose something for dying, but not have to start COMPLETELY over. Would be interesting, and have something for clans to do automatically, trying to secure weapons to have for the clan and such in case others do die, but it would only really be interesting if there’s a large variety of weaponry, rather than someone dying and INSTANTLY getting the same gun back because they farmed it enough.

        • Katana67

          Yeah, I would assume that things like farming would be nigh impossible. All Ubisoft’d have to do was implement random loot tables vice “You get a Mk 17 if you clear the police station”.

          I do have some reservations about how exactly they’re going to do the PvP. Because on one hand, it could be very regimented and gimmicky if the PvP “zones” are too narrow. Likewise, people wouldn’t really like it if they could get sniped around every single corner. I totally would, as I lurve DayZ for this reason, but I doubt most people would enjoy that.

          • Oblivion_Lost667

            Seeing as it’s Ubisoft, I highly doubt they’re going to go on a limb and introduce THAT hardcore of a PvP element, it’d be way to risky, some people would love it, but you have a LOT that would hate something like that, though it would be really cool to see, I love DayZ for that reason, but I also love DayZ for the fact that not EVERYONE may be trying to kill you, which is kinda going away since it’s becoming deathmatch central, but it is/was still a really nice element.

  • Ryan Schulze

    I’m fascinated by this game. I’ve always wanted to get into MMO’s, but figured if Star Wars couldn’t do it, then no game had a shot. Plus, I’ve been predominately a Console gamer and those options have only really peaked this year. Between this and Destiny, I’m going to be dipping into the MMO world in 2014 and maybe get hooked enough to dive into an MMORPG. But I got a wife and kids. I seriously doubt I have the time for an MMORPG.

    • Thom

      if you’re on PS3, give DCOU a go, its FTP and its a pretty straightforward MMO, gets you the basics going. i’m not sure if theres an MMO bar Defiance for the 360, but that in itself is a really fun game as well,

    • SubXero

      If you’re talking about something like a subscription based MMORPG there’s always Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn. That’s coming out for the PS3 on Aug 27th. There’s plenty of things you can do and accomplish in a short amount of time in that game.

    • Katana67

      If you’re referring to SWG, I mean, they -did- it. Eight years sounds like a pretty good run to me. Sure, they screwed up with CU and NGE. But that wasn’t the fault of it being an MMO, or a Star Wars MMO. It’s SOE’s.

      • Ryan Schulze

        Yeah, I was actually thinking of SWTOR. Downloaded the demo and never played. Then it when FTP and I still didn’t play. Never had interest in FINAL Fantasy, but DCOU or Defiance may be worth a shot. Currently a 360 guy, but jumping to PS4

        • Oblivion_Lost667

          DC is meh to me, it’s not bad, but it’s not my cup of tea. Defiance is interesting, pretty fun (with or without friends, it’s fairly good SP considering it’s an MMO.), has a fairly good tie-in show, but from what I’ve played of it, I’ve yet to run into anything absolutely amazing about it. In general, the gameplay is Borderlands the third-person MMO without gun levels, but if you have the money to spare, it’s a good game to pick up, and assuming you enjoy the gameplay, you can dump a lot of time into it.

        • Katana67

          Fair enough! Didn’t even think of TOR

  • CaptainZwabber

    I do hope that if you don’t like PvP that much that if you come across people who are not in your clan you don’t have to fight them and if not I just hope my friends are beast

    • swipe_06

      Or just be able to sneak past them. Or pretend to be an NPC. Similar to Watchdogs. the power of the cloud should be able to make it happen.

      • CaptainZwabber

        True, but I think in the gameplay they immediately had a red name tag so I think you can see if it’s an enemy but then again, they can still change it. But I think they want PvP to be a big part in the game or at least a noticeable part. (but then again, what do I know what they want with the game)

        • swipe_06

          I need to check the video, so i’m not sure. Maybe they got “spotted” like in bf? there was a scan wave in the video.

          • CaptainZwabber

            oh yeah they used the scan

      • WarBroh

        ‘The power of The Cloud” lol. Yes its magical. You guys buy into any marketing hype don’tcha

      • John doe

        You do know that the demo was on PS4. Doubt Ubisoft gives a shit about the over hyped cloud. I hate to tell all you Xbox 1 owners but the only games that will use the cloud will be XB1 exclusives.

        • Oblivion_Lost667

          You do know that PS4 has confirmed cloud features too right? With Sony claiming more or less the same capabilities as the Xbox One’s cloud. Unless something changed at least.

          • swipe_06

            The cloud reference was a joke btw. The Cloud is not an MS technology, and every device that can connect to the web pretty much uses some form of “the cloud” like gmail or youtube.

            • Oblivion_Lost667

              I know your’s was, but John doe’s appears to be ignorance lol.

            • swipe_06

              Jup. I replied to the wrong comment.

            • John doe

              The cloud on PS4 will be used for saved data, and streaming older games. I am talking about using the cloud for running certain stuff on PS4 games that as of right now they are not doing. Microsoft is the ones hyping up cloud computing for there games. Not one PS4 game is doing that.

        • CaptainZwabber

          Every dev wants to use cloud, it could make gaming/developing way easier. It could almost get rid of your hard-drive, well not really you need to to still instal the game but once the cloud is perfected and everyone has good internet so they can use the cloud. Then cloud could be powerful, it already is but it’s not yet been used at it’s full potential, also cloud isn’t owned by xbox, it isn’t owned by anyone

    • Twan

      I heard its gonna be something like Day Z, so you’re gonna need to avoid them if they’re hyper aggressive.

  • dee breezy

    So can you customize your own player or do you have to play as the person in the demo?

    • swipe_06

      Probably yes. this game is a lot like an mmo, so it should be.

  • Hodor


    • Mundicider

      Lol love it!

    • Guest

      What’s Hodor? Sorry if it’s a stupid question

      • Kyle Jackson

        Hodor is a character from Game of Thrones, and all he ever says is his name, ‘Hodor’, lol.

    • dpg70

      Shut up Hodor!

  • MegaMan3k

    I am so thoroughly beyond excited for this game, I cannot even stand it. I hate that Ubi Soft keeps revealing awesome games that are so far out. I can’t wait 18 months for this game, come on!

  • That guy you might know

    I’m really hoping that devs can be able to make a cross-platform MMO one day.
    We’re already on a good start to that because I’m playing FInal Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn (Beta of course), and it plays with PS3 and PC players all together.

    But I’m sure hardware and server on all platforms limit stuff like that. Not sure how it would work, but it would be great to see it happen.

    • Slenderman

      Don’t forget that you would need to get Microsoft and Sony to work together for a cross console game. That alone could be an immense challenge.

      • WarBroh

        That alone is why it won’t happen.

  • xHDx

    This is the most promising game so far. Stunning visuals, good exploration, clan and friend support. Can`t ask for anything more. Nice Work Ubisoft.

    • WarBroh

      Usually that’s the kiss of too-good-to-be-true death.

    • Toxzik

      Yeah this game came out of nowhere during the conference! I saw it and immediately blurted out “I want that”….

      Day one sale for me. This game, with Battlefield and MGSV stole the show. I’m glad I’ll have some games to play on ps4 this launch! Last launch, I didn’t buy a game for a while. This one: SOLD.

      • Just saying

        Sadly, we’ll wait so long to get this awesome game.

        • Dtoxz

          I agree but good things come to those that wait! I can wait as long as they need, knowing that Ubi is taking their time with it is enough to hold back my anticipation. I’ll wait for a complete game of this proportion instead of the rehash glitchy “trash” that some people put out on the shelves. Please UbiSoft take your time with this one….I’m buying it regardless thanks to your gameplay video.

  • B_Boss

    Really Ubisoft lol? This game gets better with each and every article concerning it!

  • QwietStorm

    Ubisoft has been putting together surprising good showings at E3 for a few years now, and their new IPs always look interesting, to say the least. First thing I’m gonna do when I get this game is shoot up the apartment above where I used to live. Damn kids got no home training.

  • John doe

    Although this does look stunning Ubisoft lately has been putting out some buggy and glitched releases. Hope they take there time with this one because it sounds good.

  • Steve GOop

    “…playing a huge roll” You mean like a piece of bread? “Role”, not “roll”