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Tom Clancy veteran joins The Division team

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The Division will be coming sometime this year, presumably in that busy October/November release window. While it’s being developed primarily by Massive Entertainment, there’s a new in-house collaboration to help bring the post-apocalyptic world of New York City to life.

According to the Ubi Blog, Ubisoft Annecy will be working with Massive on The Division. While they haven’t specified exactly how they’ll be dividing labor, this quote does give a hint.

“The team in Annecy is delighted to be collaborating with Massive, Red Storm and Reflections on Tom Clancy’s The Division,” Rebecka Coutaz, Studio Manager at Ubisoft Annecy, tells us. “We are bringing our previous experience in multiplayer online games and this project is allowing us to build our technical knowledge in other areas and become experts on this incredible brand. The collaboration with the other studios is going very smoothly, and we’re working together to ensure we meet and exceed the high expectations players have for this new title.”

So, online multiplayer elements? I think it’s safe to assume that Annecy will be working on that end of the project. Previously, Annecy has worked on Splinter Cell: Pandora Tomorrow as well as the multiplayer aspects of Assassin’s Creed games. That’s not all, though – they were also responsible for the upgradable villa in Assassin’s Creed II and the Café Théâtre in AC: Unity. Perhaps they will be in charge of the upgradable bases in The Division, or maybe they will deal with multiplayer, but either way they’ve got the credentials to help Massive make The Division a better game.

Last Updated: May 11, 2015

32 Comments

  1. Greylingad[CNFRMD]

    May 11, 2015 at 12:05

    I’d love to see what this game looks like when released… I’m sure it won’t have the same issues that Wart doge had, but it should be quite interesting…

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    • Admiral Chief

      May 11, 2015 at 12:09

      I’m glad the new name was applied

      Reply

      • Greylingad[CNFRMD]

        May 11, 2015 at 12:17

        Hehehe, at last!

        Reply

        • Lord Chaos

          May 11, 2015 at 12:45

          After being a syntax error for a bit…

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          • Greylingad[CNFRMD]

            May 11, 2015 at 12:47

            When I break something, I ensure that there is no form of technical prowess, magic, glue or even the holy grail of fixing, Duct tape, that can resolve the issue, I am impressed at how robust Discus is though…

          • Lord Chaos

            May 11, 2015 at 12:50

            You sound like one of my developers…

          • Greylingad[CNFRMD]

            May 11, 2015 at 12:53

            But isn’t that the job description for a developer? if your code doesn’t compile, it must be the compiler, nothing else makes sense….

    • HairyEwok

      May 11, 2015 at 12:16

      Yeah I’m hyped for this game. Was so bleak when I heard it would be console exclusive but alas PC Master Race won the petition to get it o/

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      • Greylingad[CNFRMD]

        May 11, 2015 at 12:20

        I am a little bit sceptic about this though…. The previous title that got hyped as much as this was wart doges…

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        • HairyEwok

          May 11, 2015 at 12:25

          Wart doges……. I sent Ubisoft a bag of dicks because of that game….. Did society a favor there.

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    • BacchusZA

      May 11, 2015 at 12:35

      I want so much for this to be a great game, & to be as good as it promises to be.

      But chances are I’ll never know, because as long as it requires uPlay, I will very likely not be going anywhere near it, and I’m not the only one.

      I wonder if anyone has looked into how many sales Ubisoft lose because people refuse to put up with that execrable piece of shit store of theirs, & would rather not buy their games than be forced to use it.

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      • Lord Chaos

        May 11, 2015 at 12:44

        Or end up buying it on console.

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        • BacchusZA

          May 11, 2015 at 13:06

          As much as I’d like to get both the XBox One & a PS4, I really can’t justify getting them. My 360 & PS3 sit on my tv stand & gather dust, because I end up doing all my gaming on PC. So that’s a very good way of avoiding uPlay certainly, but not one that’s much good for me 😛

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          • Lord Chaos

            May 11, 2015 at 13:27

            I fully agree, I have just found certain games more enjoyable on console.
            Most notably AC and DA. Just a happy coincidence they’re the games from the publishers with crap clients.

      • Greylingad[CNFRMD]

        May 11, 2015 at 12:45

        I know someone that has now, after struggling with uPlay so much on day on purchases, taken the boycott piracy route, he has not purchased a single game from ubi since wart doge, I’ve only bought Far Cry 4 in the hopes of it also not being a heap of steaming excrement, but yeah, I hate uPlay, I’d still buy the title, but then afterwards bypass it using a crack, just to simplify the ease of use…

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        • BacchusZA

          May 11, 2015 at 13:10

          The last game I bought that required uPlay was FC3. And I got maybe 6 hours into that bafore going “Meh, whatever, NEXT!”, and have never looked at it since. I’ve contemplated buying the game & then going the cracked exe file route to actually play it, but given how bad their console to PC ports can be, I’m not sure I even want to risk it.

          Put it this way, the reviews of the PC release of The Division are going to have to be something very special to tempt me into buying this.

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  2. Admiral Chief

    May 11, 2015 at 12:07

    “they were also responsible for the upgradable villa in Assassin’s Creed II”

    You have my attention

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  3. Sageville

    May 11, 2015 at 12:10

    So little info about The Division since they released the video like a year ago…

    I was hyped then, now fading…..

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    • Ir0nseraph

      May 11, 2015 at 12:15

      Rainbow 6 Siege seems to be taking most of the attention now , I hope E3 brings the hype 😛

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    • Her Highness the Hipster

      May 11, 2015 at 17:10

      i think the focus is Rainbow 6 Siege for now. hopefully hear more (something new) at E3, though 🙂

      Reply

  4. Admiral Chief

    May 11, 2015 at 12:13

    You know what is my dream for this game? Just a small squad of my friends vs the city. NOT a MMO

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    • Ir0nseraph

      May 11, 2015 at 12:14

      That’s a good dream , I like the sound of that.

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      • Admiral Chief

        May 11, 2015 at 12:16

        You sir, you can join my squad

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        • Ir0nseraph

          May 11, 2015 at 13:04

          Thanks , can Hammer join if he promises to behave himself ?

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          • Hammersteyn

            May 12, 2015 at 09:07

            *Whistles innocently

        • Her Highness the Hipster

          May 11, 2015 at 17:10

          what about me? i’m way better at 3rd person shooters than 1st, i promise 😛

          Reply

          • Admiral Chief

            May 12, 2015 at 08:19

            Are you playing on PC?

    • HairyEwok

      May 11, 2015 at 12:17

      Hold up, isn’t it so? I do remember them saying you are pitted against other people on a server, you can squad up and go against other players.

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      • Admiral Chief

        May 11, 2015 at 12:18

        At this point, I have no flippen idea, curiously awaiting more details

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        • HairyEwok

          May 11, 2015 at 12:22

          Just confirmed it by reading on the Wiki:
          “In a massive multiplayer online situation, putting them against AI-controlled enemies, as well as other players in the game.”

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  5. Jonah Cash

    May 11, 2015 at 15:17

    4 studios working on 1 game… very little gameplay shown so far… mmm… yeah I hope this isn’t bombing out!

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  6. chimera_85

    May 11, 2015 at 16:00

    So many people on fb groups were up in arms about this over the weekend, I don’t get that

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