Just How Big Is The Division?

Ubisoft‘s The Division is a little under two months away, but details regarding the scale of the world have been revealed.

In a recent interview with The Examiner, creative director Magnus Jansen gave the below insight into where their ambitious open-world shooter is located. It is a lot more focused than you may think:

“For Tom Clancy’s The Division we are going with Midtown Manhattan. It is because of the 1 to 1 re-creation and the way the pandemic has [happened]. Basically, everything has been hit and there are no more resources because everyone tried to get out. There is no more gasoline in the cars, there is no traffic, you’re on foot. With the level of detail we have, doing Midtown Manhattan is a huge open-world experience and more than enough to sink your teeth into. It is a very sizeable open-world game.”

So there we have it, the world will be a densely populated Midtown. Personally, I’m not going to judge the game until I get hands-on time with it, but I can understand why some people are upset. Their anger stems from the E3 video where we actually saw The Division in Brooklyn, a borough no longer in the game. Provided the world has enough to keep me busy I’ll be happy — not every game has to have a world as big as The Witcher 3 — but if Brooklyn ever comes out in the form of premium DLC expect there a be a shit-storm!

The Witness is set to release next week on PS4 and PC, but an Xbox One version could be on the horizon. The Entertainment Software Rating Board has published a rating for an Xbox One edition, which is a pretty good indication that the puzzle game will be coming to Microsoft‘s console. For those excited to play Jonathan Blow’s latest title, the developer confirmed that you can pre-order the game on Steam now, for £29.99. While some may consider this price a bit on the expensive side for a digital only title, it should be noted that gamers are expected to take an average of 25 hours to complete the game. I do love myself a good puzzle game and I’m definitely excited to pick up The Witness next week.

We spoke last week about the possibility of getting some single-player DLC for GTA V, following Shawn Fonteno’s Instagram post. Now Ned Luke, the actor who plays Michael, has had his say on the matter. In a post on Facebook, Luke said the following:

“EVERYBODY wants single player DLC…I know NOTHING about that. Don’t know when it’s gonna happen or even IF it’s gonna happen. But I do know the boyz are gonna try to get out to some conventions this year so we can finally meet so many of our fans that we have been unable to meet in the past.”

It wouldn’t surprise me if Rockstar has asked Luke to try and play down any rumours, but I think he has done the opposite. If we think about this logically, why would Fonteno, Luke, and Steven Ogg (voice actor for Trevor) be heading out to conventions, as a trio, unless there was something new to promote. I appreciate that Luke states it is to meet fans, and I respect that, but GTA V originally released back in 2013, it doesn’t need to have a presence at shows/conventions. I was in two minds last week, but now I’m fairly certain that some form of DLC is coming this year!

We end on the biggest news of the year, Mariokart 64 is officially coming to the Wii U eStore this week! In a tweet from Nintendo, It was confirmed that the iconic kart racer will be available on January 21st and, according to EuroGamer, it will cost you £8.99. This is without doubt one of the best racers of all time, and I’m happy that the newer generation will get a chance to experience this game. When I see games like this coming to the eStore it makes me want to pick up a Wii U!

Until tomorrow,

Matt