After The Division 1 and 2, comes the third game in Tom Clancy’s third person shooter RPG series, The Division Resurgence, a mobile title. We had an early look at the game thanks to our friends at Ubisoft, so here’s everything that we know so far:
Story and World
Once again, players take on the role of an agent of The Division, having to save what’s left of the collapsing society in Manhattan, New York City. The game will first take place at the very beginning of The Division 1 with the First Wave. The meat of The Division Resurgence however, happens right after the events of The Division 1, with players being able to experience the next chapter of The Division universe.
Newcomers and The Division veterans alike can rediscover the world of post-apocalyptic New York. There will be new villains and factions in the game, such as the Freemen—a faction that consists of scientists, craftsmen and engineers who are trying to survive in a collapsing New York City. From scavenging to looting and building their own weapons, the Freemen are one of the forces in the city that players can go up against.
On top of the new story, the city of New York has also been redesigned into an open world map for mobile devices. Players can roam and explore the city at their own pace as they face new and unique enemy archetypes, with some even capable of using drones which can be a challenge to take down.
Fans of previous The Division titles will be pleased to know that Resurgence retains the meat and bones of the series’ gameplay. Combat is promised to have the same tactical feel as the console titles, with the cover system making a comeback in the game. The looter shooter aspects as well as Specializations from The Division 2 are also present, offering customisation in terms of skills, weapons and equipment for players to play around with.
This time around, Specializations can be chosen at the start of The Division Resurgence. Vanguards can scan and spot enemy targets while Demolitionists have access to seeker mines which seek out enemy targets. As players progress in the game, new Specializations can be unlocked and swapped on the fly while keeping progression in each Specialization. This opens up greater room for experimentation, letting players choose their playstyle and adapt to the different challenges of the game. Furthermore, new gadgets and new signature abilities that have never been seen in earlier The Division titles will make their debut in Resurgence. According to Ubisoft, six Specializations will be available during the official launch, with additional specializations being added in future updates.
The gameplay has also been revamped to fit mobile users, especially in terms of time spent per game session. The time needed for missions, activities and encounters has been reduced, giving players the flexibility to be able to play in short bursts such as 5 minutes, 10 minutes, 20 minutes or longer sessions up to 2 to 3 hours.
Besides the main story missions, the Dark Zone will also make a return in The Division Resurgence. Just like in earlier titles, the Dark Zone is a completely separate area where players can find the best loot. However, it is also regarded as the most dangerous region as it is both a PvE zone containing the most dangerous NPCs and a PvP zone where players can go Rogue and attack other players to sabotage item extractions and claim their loot and rewards. Players can venture into the Dark Zone solo or with friends, with no time limit or limited lives. Loot acquired in the Dark Zone must also be extracted and decontaminated before it is usable. For a more competitive experience, Skirmish and Domination modes will also be available.
In addition, controls in the game will be fully customizable, with players being able to change them according to their preferences. The game will also support controllers and gamepads.
Ubisoft also claims that The Division Resurgence will also have MMO elements where players can explore the world, meet strangers, team up and complete challenges together. Should players wish to play the game entirely in co-op, they can do exactly that. The game will also have a Clan system for players to gain strength in numbers.
While there is no fixed release date for The Division Resurgence yet, a closed alpha test for the game will take place soon. Players can sign up for the test through the game’s website.
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