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'The Division's' online component is 'necessary'

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In what seems to be a growing trend in the gaming industry, online games have become more of the focus in a lot of titles, and one of those games is The Division.

Initially revealed at E3 2013, The Division is going to an online, open-world RPG that takes place in New York City, and it is always online. Discussing this element of the game and whether or not it will impact sales of the game, UPlay Ambassador Mattshotcha said the game's online element is crucial.

"I think it’s a necessary aspect and I try not to question the intelligent people who decided that was a necessary aspect. Yes, it might hurt them in some way because it will inevitably exclude someone. I look at it like this though, the game is built around certain elements that require you to be online.

"Knowing that, would you enjoy an offline variant? No, you probably wouldn’t. Playing completely offline would strip away certain features that are crucial elements to the game, and without those elements, it would be a different game," Mattshotcha said.

Online games are undoubtedly one of the biggest futures for the industry and you can just look at other games that are moving forward with this trend. Ubisoft is a publisher that has committed to online gaming more than any other, but Activision, Microsoft and others also have online games coming out this year. You hear of a game called Titanfall?

The Division's online component shouldn't be much of an inconvenience for people who typically play games online, but it will definitely eliminate whatever portion of players there are that do not participate in online gaming.

We do not have a release date for The Division, but you can be sure we'll be watching out for any new information that surfaces over the next few months. For all of our latest exclusives, previews, reviews and features, follow us on Twitter and like us on Facebook. Game On.

Thanks, DivisionBlog.

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