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'The Division': Massive on single-player only, classes can be changed instantly

Ready for The Division?
Ready for The Division?
Permission to use photo given by Ubisoft

Tom Clancy's The Division will be an online, open-world, RPG and is set in the iconic city of New York. Ubisoft has made a clear, co-op shift from the types of games they launched during past-gen to the ones they are now releasing for current-gen. Tom Clancy's The Division embodies that change more than any other.

Some of you may not want to take part in any multiplayer in The Division, and you may wonder if your journey will be as authentic because of it. Tom Clancy's The Division's Executive Producer Fredrik Rundqvist spoke with and answered the question of does single player only take away from the experience?

"Not really. I think it’s fair to say we’ve been designing and prototyping the game from the start to be a multiplayer game. Honestly, I play the game every week with the team and I play on my own. I’m not a co-op kind of guy and it’s still great. I think it’s fair to say that the game really shines when you play with other people," Rundqvist said.

Rundqvist told us he prefers playing solo, but The Division has swayed him in the direction of multiplayer. Being a classless RPG Rundqvist talked about how Massive wants players to be able to change up "different specs and different loadouts" on the fly. It's unclear to what extent players will be able to change their characters, but we're assuming changing in the middle of combat is not going to happen, then again it could.

Being able to jump from one class to another in an instant is something RPGs tend to miss, but Massive's game will be different. Massive has that exact thing in mind. Rundqvist said they have a strong desire to let players change things up, even their class, whenever they want.

"[Sometimes] I may want to be the medic this time, maybe the brute force kind of guy the next time. This way you don’t have to create a new character or restart the game. You just go into your menu and change what you want," Rundqvist said.

This is a pretty powerful feature to put into the hands of players and grants them a lot more freedom. Personally, that's one of the shortcomings of some RPGs is forcing players to start over completely and invest double or triple the time in a game. The Division is striking a strong note here and it'll be interesting to see what restrictions, if any, there are for how and when you can change your character.

The Division is scheduled to launch sometime in 2015. It will only be available on the PS4, Xbox One and PC.

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