Tom Clancy's The Division is scheduled to launch sometime next year, but we are gradually finding out more information about how the game's combat systems will work. Some games do not give you the option of avoiding combat or not, but in Tom Clancy's The Division, players will be able to make that choice on their own.
Tom Clancy's The Division seems to be a game that will provide more choice than one might thing. In a Q&A interview found by Examiner.com, Massive spoke about the choices players will need to make when it comes to combat, skills and equipment.
"Depending on the immediate environment, your skills and those of your group, you will need to consider different factors before deciding what to do and where you want to go. First, you will need to assess the strength of your enemies. New York has become a hostile urban jungle and you are very likely to run into dangerous people. You have the freedom to choose whether you want to engage or avoid them depending on their capabilities and yours.
"Second, as the contamination level varies from one area to another, the virus will also impact your game experience. You will need to find and upgrade the proper protection to enter and survive in higher contagion areas. Finally, you can use the time of day and climate to your advantage in order to ambush and fight enemies.
"The virus permeates the whole city and players will have to deal with it in one way or another as the level of contamination varies from one area to the next. To move into these zones the agents will need to find, modify, and upgrade specific equipment such as a gas mask. Without the proper gear, the virus will be extremely deadly to the player," Massive stated.
Being able to make the decision of whether or not you want to engage certain enemies is key. It would be quite frustrating if you wandered into a certain area of New York, came upon enemies who outmatched you and could no leave the area to avoid getting taken down. This is a key, yet small detail to note for The Division.
The virus that exists in New York City is something we continue to hear more and more about. It will clearly play a significant role in a player's ability to progress through The Division. Not being able to access certain parts of New York without appropriate gear is apparent, but players in a way won't have access to the entire map from the start. Sure, you may be able to walk into a certain part of the city if you want, but you'll die if you don't have the appropriate equipment.
Tom Clancy's The Division has not been given a launch date, only a launch year. We're fully expecting the game to hit new-gen systems sometime during the holiday season of next year, though. We'll keep you up-to-date on all the latest news and information regarding The Division.