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The Division producer talks player choice, world availability, map and missions

There is a lot to The Division and still so much we don't know about yet. Ubisoft Massive has been quite about what it does and does not want to reveal about the game, but we did manage to snag a few tidbits about the game's world, in-game map and gameplay.

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In The Division, players will be able to battle each other on top of roofs, inside of buildings, on the street and below the surface of NYC. Fredrik Rundqvist, who is an executive producer on Tom Clancy's The Division, spoke with about player choice and how the city will be open from the start.

"We wanted to have the full map be open from the start and you can go anywhere you like. [The Division] about exploring, it’s about investigation; it’s about playing the game the way you want.

"Rooftop gameplay will be mixed with everything else and what we wanted to do with the game is not have a linear progression where you [do things in order]. So if you want to climb up to a rooftop, we won’t stop you from going up there," Rundqvist said.

We received our first glimpse at rooftop gameplay with The Division's Gamescom 2013 trailer, and the same can be said for the mobile gameplay integration. Tom Clancy's The Division will most likely pop-up again at Gamescom this year, or at least that's what we're expecting.

We've seen from The Division's first two E3 demos that it'll feature a robust in-game map. It seems like a significant part of the game, but just how important is it? Rundqvist talked about the in-game map and how essential it is to navigating New York City, as well as acquiring new missions to complete.

"As you’ve seen in both demos, the map is one of the most essential tool sets you have in the game. Nowadays, it’s hard to get around without your smartphone, and I think in the game it will be even tougher to be there without the map. You can check out all of the points of interest, you can set waypoints for yourself or for other people. It’s a great tool to see what’s out there to do," Rundqvist said.

Ubisoft has its sights set on a 2015 release date for Tom Clancy's The Division. It's slated to hit the PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC when it finally does launch.

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