If you are looking for other people to play The Division with next year, Massive Entertainment has some ideas to assist you in that. Matchmaking in The Division also seems like it may reflect not only the type of player you are, but your current life situation.
The Division will help introduce you to other people much like Destiny does. Fredrik Rundqvist, who is an executive producer on Tom Clancy's The Division, spoke with Examiner.com about the three ways players will be able to meet up with other people in The Division.
"There are three ways that you can meet up with other people in the game. It’s in the social hub or the Green Zone where you just walk around and bump into people, or you invite people to your co-op group, which is 1-4 people, plus the guy on the tablet (mobile game). Then we have the seamless integration with the PvP zone and there, you will be able to [engage] with people as well," Rundqvist said.
In a game like The Division, it's going to be very important for players to have easy access in meeting other people. While the Green Zone sounds a lot like Destiny's Tower, The Division will be offering up more options for meeting new players aside from the home base area.
Matchmaking is going to be very important for people who have a hard time finding players on their own. Ubisoft tells us they will have a very specific formula for how matchmaking will work exactly, and Rundqvist elaborated further on what players can expect.
"We take a lot more data into account when doing the matchmaking. It’s not only about the level of your progression or your skill level, we’re also looking at where do you want to be in the game and what do you like to do. I think it’s going to be a really great matchmaking system. Player reputation will also be taken into account," Rundqvist said.
We asked for them to be more specific when it came to what defines a player's reputation in The Division, but Ubisoft wasn't able to add anything further. Common sense tells us that offensive behavior will contribute to a poor reputation, among other things.
Another thing worth mentioning is that Massive really wants their matchmaking system to pair up people of a similar lifestyle. So if you have children or a family and want to play with adults like yourself, they'll in theory be able to match you up with others in the same boat as you. It remains to be seen, specifically, how they are going to do this and by what means they'll acquire that type of background information from people, but if it does come to fruition, that would be a welcomed feature.
The Division is currently slated to launch sometime during 2015. We're expecting it to debut during the holiday season of 2015, provided it doesn't receive any further delays. The Division will be available on the PS4, Xbox One and PC only.