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The Division to get "most accurate weapons"

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I think The Division has a fantastic premise, and the game play sounds like it will be fun, too. Of course, as in any shooting game, the guns are important. In fact, an entire team has been brought on board just to help make the weapons as authentic as possible.

Ubisoft explained that Red Storm joined the development team led by Massive Entertainment because they have an entire team whose focus is weapons design. While most of the information is top secret, they did reveal that the team has made a list of realistic and common weapons, and they’re in the process of building them from scratch in 3D. This is done in order to make “the most accurate weapons of any video game”.

We’ve had manufacturers come in and literally disassemble the entire weapon all the way down to the nuts and bolts, and our guys are taking hi-res photos of those things. […] Our audio guys are some of the luckiest guys in the world. They get to travel to all these exotic locations and record ambient audio. And then they get to travel to the desert and shoot every gun under the sun.

I really like this idea – guns often sound so hollow in games. If you’ve ever heard a gun in real life, it simply doesn’t relate to what we hear in games. It will be nice to have more realism in that regard.

That said, the collaboration with Red Storm isn’t just about making the equipment perfect. The game still needs to be fun. As such, the studios are working together to make sure that the meticulously created and rendered guns and still enjoyable to shoot and fit in well with gameplay.

I like how games have gone so wildly in opposite directions. You get a game like The Division creating the ultimate in accurate recreations of real weapons, while other games like Borderlands or Loadout are all about the insanity possible in weaponry. I love both approaches, and it’s great to see room for everything in the gaming market.

Last Updated: April 10, 2014


  1. Rags

    April 10, 2014 at 11:41

    So we are going to play with earplugs? 😀


    • HvR

      April 10, 2014 at 11:45

      DLC earplugs??


      • VampyreSquirrel

        April 10, 2014 at 11:50

        3 DLC’s… one for each ear and then for them to actually help.


        • BacchusZA

          April 10, 2014 at 12:15

          And you have to launch the patented Ubisoft Ear Protection DLC (TM) through uPlay for it to work………


      • Matthew Holliday

        April 10, 2014 at 13:41

        Included with the collectors edition.
        Branded earplug headphones and over ear protection.


  2. Spathi

    April 10, 2014 at 11:45

    I’m super excited for this game. If they can give the respective weapon their real-life characteristics, I’ll be even more excited. This sentence is however making me nervous:

    “As such, the studios are working together to make sure that the meticulously created and rendered guns and still enjoyable to shoot and fit in well with gameplay”.


  3. Admiral Chief in Space

    April 10, 2014 at 12:01

    Super excited for this game!


  4. Jedi JJ

    April 10, 2014 at 12:03

    Playing FEAR 2 now. Worst gun sounds ever! It’s only marginally louder than your footsteps and sounds like you’re eating pop rocks.


    • Unavengedavo

      April 10, 2014 at 12:41

      Maybe it’s because the main character is a special ops and he knows that he needs to wear ear protection and that is why the sounds are muffled? O_o


      • Jedi JJ

        April 10, 2014 at 12:56

        No game protagonist can be that much of a pansy.


        • VampyreSquirrel

          April 10, 2014 at 14:54

          Yeah, take the 3 in GTAV… no seat belts baby!!!


  5. Rince

    April 10, 2014 at 12:35

    Nice idea. It’s like Andy McNab with Heat. made a huge difference with the sound.


  6. Unavengedavo

    April 10, 2014 at 12:39

    So are you telling me that gun fire does not sound like a cricket bat banging against a door? O_o


  7. Mossel

    April 10, 2014 at 14:46

    My friend and I assembled a paintball gun the other day and after we were done there was still two bolts on the table. We just looked at the bolts, look at each other and started laughing!


  8. Michael Matusowsky

    April 10, 2014 at 16:38

    I’d like to know what the budget for The Division is. Sounds like the Budget is over 200 million at present.


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