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The Division an RPG to support smart phones, not dogs

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Remember when I told you about the use of tablets in The Division? Well, questions about OS and phones are now answered, as is the most important question of all – if it’s truly next generation, does it have dogs?

The companion app to The Division looks impressive, but it won’t be exclusive to one platform. In fact, it won’t even be exclusive to one type of mobile device:

We’re shooting for all the major mobile OS for release, including both phones and tablets, so Android, iOS and Windows. In terms of tablets compared to smartphones, there may be a slight difference between screen type and quality but overall it will be the exact same experience.

So, whether you lie in bed with your iPhone, Galaxy Note or Asus Transformer, you will get the same app. It’s really cool to play as a drone using the mobile device, and I also like that as they develop the game, they’re planning to allow players to customize and upgrade the drone. 

You can also expect to customize and upgrade your character and gear:

We are an RPG first and foremost. So the emphasis for the game is definitely on skill/talent synergies along with your weapon characteristics. We are a Clancy game, we are also an open-world game but really we’re an RPG first. Gear will be important, levels will be important, modifications to weapons will be important… everything that makes a fantastic RPG will be important to the game.

However, Ubisoft is trying to keep the game balanced so that old and new players are able to play together without experiencing a huge gap in loot. I guess this means I won’t be running around with 50 pairs of leather pants.

Finally, we have the question of dogs. There does seem to be a trend of dogs making more of an appearance in games – perhaps it’s to counter all the cats on the internet? In any event, will dogs play a role in The Division?

Well, it’s a next-gen game so obviously it’s got to have dogs! No, dogs won’t have any special significance other than the fact that New York has over 300,000 dogs living in the city, so imagine if they are all let loose at once… You may encounter some particularly nasty ones, but no they don’t play a significant role.

Awesome, I’d love to see all the tiny rich dogs fending for themselves! Toy Poms with diamond collars taking on survivors for the last bit of food or water. That said, it could be cool to see packs of dogs roaming the city, fighting warring factions. It certainly might add something to the game, although I’d be more worried about the giant rats in the sewers – those things are bigger than my cats!

Last Updated: September 2, 2013

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