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The latest trailer for Tom Clancy's The Division emphasises RPG gameplay in a desolate NYC

Those wondering whether Tom Clancy's The Division will be a shallow loot-fest should check out this new trailer.

Ubisoft Massive's MMO-shooter hybrid is targeting a spring launch, and the studio have begun revealing a little more about how the game will play as you stalk the abandoned New York City streets.

In The Division, you play as a special forces agent sent deep into an abandoned New York City following a biological disaster. Your task is to seek out the source of the contagion, spread on bank notes, which has crippled the US government and all basic services. The trailer offers us a glimpse at its gritty story treatment, which appears to firmly earn its 18+ age rating.

The trailer also reveals a little more about how you'll build up a base of operations, level up, obtain loot and perform typical MMO-like class roles like tank, support, damage and healer.

Players will be able to team up at safe houses, scattered throughout the game's sizable world. You'll be able to take the fight to the game's various A.I. criminal factions, who are entrenched and taking advantage of the near-apocalypse.

The Division isn't all about fighting computer-controlled combatants, though. The trailer also offers a glimpse at the Dark Zone, designated areas where players will be able to find even more powerful items. However, the items can found in the Dark Zone are contaminated, and can only be used if successfully extracted from the area. While in this zone, you can also attack and be attacked by players who might want to steal your items for themselves. If you can stomach it, you can even betray your own teammates to keep all the loot for yourself.

The Division launches on March 3rd for Xbox One, PS4 and PC. Pre-order customers get guaranteed access to the beta test, set to begin soon.

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27 Comments
  • Buying this day one on PC ! Excited for this game
  • Count me in
  • Yeah im with you,love Tom Clancy games
  • I always found Tom Clancy games boring and avoided the whole Splinter Cell series... This game really impressed me... Day 1 and I'll be having a copy...
  • And Video is down... :( 
  • Added a different trailer, is it working now?
  • Down
  • Only available in Europe
  • Looks very interesting. I wish it was single player, like a fallout 4
  • You can play it solo if you wish but requires internet connection tho. And it will be much harder.
  • Link here from the Machinima youtube page: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P8U3RNY5Gpk
  • Thanks! Seems the post's link is unavailable now.
  • Proud to work on this awesome game. :)
  • If you did, then cheers. May have to give it a look. Any chance of a WM companion app?
  • So ready for this.
  • if you can't see it and your in America, use Tor browser
  • It's annoying that Ubisoft has locked the trailers by region, trying to find a worldwide version.
  • I don't see anything RPG in this video: no character build, no skills, no dialogue choices, no effective roles are shown except for what I think could be a Tank and the always present DPS. Since this AFAIK is an online-only game (thus piracy should not be a problem), before spending 60 €, I would like to try it out for a couple of days at least.
  • No skills? Did you miss the grenades, turrets, healing abilities, etc? The game has class roles and character builds. There's a beta coming soon, but only those who pre-order are guaranteed access.
  • By this logic, Call of Duty should be an RPG game too.
    Anyway preordering means buying it before the release date, not exactly the same as a demo...
  • Isn't beta supposed to be some sort of demo, I mean come on, now you have to buy the game first to try it out.
  • Beta is just a stress test for their servers and a quality check for the content. They are trying to make people believe that being beta testers is a sort of elitarian condition. Why should I pay to work as a Quality Assurance Tester when employees should be payed for that? I hope that this game will be eligible for the Steam refund to let me "simulate" a sort of free trial.
  • Sorry Jez, I have to agree with Il Baffo that what you're describing does not make an RPG. By your definition, COD, Rainbow Six Seige, Star Wars Battefront and nearly any other game with some sort of progression system and/or character/ability unlocking would be an RPG.
  • That trailer is enfuego!
  • This is the game I have been looking forward to since the Xbox One launch. Hoping this game's PvP is similar to GRAW2
  • Does it have single player campaign
  • I was interested in this game earlier, but I think I'm going to stick with Rainbow Six Seige...lots of that game went into the division, as you can see by te character classes, the deployable shield (the one that you stick in the ground) and the extendable riot shield. The grenades are basically re-skinned RC drones which you can now blow up...