If you were hoping to grab a copy of Ubioft’s Tom Clancy’s The Division sometime this year, you may want to make new plans, because Ubisoft has announced that it’s been delayed again, this time to 2016. The game was originally supposed to be released sometime during the fourth quarter of 2015, most likely to capitalize on holiday sales. This marks the 2nd major pushback of the game’s release date; it was originally supposed to be released in the fourth quarter of last year.
The Division is a third person shooter that would have been similar to Splinter Cell and other related Tom Clancy games. The game is set in a dystopian future where you play as a super soldier serving in an elite special ops unit called the Division. Your mission is to save New York City from a world0ending pandemic. Built using the Snow Drop engine, the game will feature co-op and multiplayer capabilities as well as “stunning” graphics and engaging team-based tasks.
Trouble was already on the horizon when Ubisoft announced that Annecy Studio was joining the already crowded studio team of three just last week. While Annecy does have a somewhat impressive pedigree from their work on the Splinter Cell games as well as the multiplayer functions of Assassin’s Creed II, it still wasn’t encouraging for a studio to join this far into the development process.
The main problem with the game’s development is its multiplayer sandbox mode. According to various teases and interviews, the sandbox mode will have an easy to use drop-in/drop-out functionality. This ambitious feature is supposedly causing issues with Ubisoft and the engine itself. Time will only tell if this game can actually be launched in the first quarter of 2016, but a press release by Ubisoft did it’s best to brush over all possible frustrations and complications:
All of us at Massive, Reflections, Red Storm Entertainment and Ubisoft Annecy want to ensure the game not only meets our high expectations but also those of our fans and players alike.
No more details have really been released as to why the game has had such a significant delay, but Ubisoft did promise to reveal more about the game at this year’s E3. Until then, there is nothing we can do but speculate. Tom Clancy’s The Division is currently slated to be released for Playstation 4, Xbox One and PC.