Ubisoft is pushing what people think about when it comes to the open-world, even though Rockstar Games just had a pretty good one debut, but Ubisoft discussed how the Xbox One and PS4 are both opening up the possibilities for what The Division's open-world experience can be.
The Division's game director Ryan Barnard discussed what is unique about The Division's setting as well as how the Xbox One and PS4 really allow for the premise of this game to be properly executed.
"A lot of games are post-apocalyptic, but there aren’t any that take place in a mid-crisis scenario.
"This setting could only be achieved on next-gen hardware, since we wanted to explore a very real and frightening threat to our current social collective, and showcase it as a plausible and realistic scenario.
"Beyond graphics, next-gen consoles are incredibly powerful when it comes to player immersion, realism and offering huge, open worlds to explore," Barnard said.
There is certainly more than one way to define what an open-world experience can be and it looks like The Division is going to be presenting a living world with a variety of types of enemies people can engage with.
Those seem like they will be real people playing online, but Barnard also went on to all but confirm there is a true enemy in The Division.
"In every game – and especially Clancy games – there are bad guys. So, there may be a really bad guy behind all this, but we don’t want to give away any spoilers," Barnard said.
While we do not have an official release date for The Division, it looks like the game will be hitting toward the end of next year. For all of our latest exclusives, previews, reviews and features, follow us on Twitter and like us on Facebook. Game On.