Gamers have been trying to stay positive about Tom Clancy’s The Division throughout its rocky development. The game — an open-world MMO/shooter set in a post-apocalyptic New York — looks promising, but many are also bracing for the seemingly inevitable arrival of Ubisoft’s bullsh*t. Well, here’s the first serious whiff.
Turns out fairly large swaths of New York won’t be in The Division at launch. Basically, Midtown Manhattan is all players will get — Brooklyn, The Bronx, Queens and Staten Island are all out. Brooklyn missing is particularly noteworthy, because Ubisoft has shown the area repeatedly in previews and trailers for the game. The Division creative director Magnus Jansén discussed the rather pared-down version of New York.
“With the level of detail we have, doing Midtown Manhattan is a huge open-world experience and more than enough to sink your teeth into. It is a very sizable open-world game.”
In other words, “We decided Manhattan was adequate content for $70, but look forward to paying more for Brooklyn, The Bronx and the rest of the boroughs if The Division is successful!”
This doesn’t necessarily effect how fun The Division will be. Again, this kind of cynicism is inevitable, but I can’t help but sigh at the news. Ubisoft, why do you have to be so, so… Ubisoft?