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Ubisoft delays The Division again, to 2016

Ubisoft delays The Division again, to 2016

Ubisoft's upcoming shooter Tom Clancy's The Division has been delayed yet again, an originally-planned 2014 launch transforming into early 2016.

Mere days after announcing it had added a fourth studio to the project, Ubisoft has admitted that The Division has slipped once more: its 2015 release timeframe has now been shifted to early 2016.

First announced back in 2013, the near-future third-person shooter Tom Clancy's The Division drew considerable attention thanks to the promise of next-generation visuals and a multiplayer system that could even say friends participating in battles while away from their computer by controlling drones via companion smartphone and tablet applications. The game was originally scheduled to launch in the fourth-quarter of 2014, a date which was shifted back to some time in 2015 while the three studios involved - Massive Entertainment, Red Storm, and Reflections - worked on the project.

Earlier this week, Ubisoft announced that it had added a fourth studio to the project: Ubisoft Annecy, a division of the company best known for its work on the Splinter Cell and Assassin's Creed franchises. Ubisoft Annecy has considerable multiplayer experience, leading to the possibility that the appointment - which Massive Entertainment managing director David Polfeldt claimed to be 'very happy' with - came as the game struggled to implement the impressive multiplayer sandbox drop-in drop-out style promised by its various trailers and teasers.

Now, problems have been tacitly confirmed by the company in an announcement which puts the launch date back still further to the first quarter of 2016. '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,' the announcement claimed, without explaining exactly what had led to the extended delay but while promising to reveal more of the game at the Electronics Entertainment Expo (E3) event next month.

The Division is expected to launch on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and Windows, with companion apps available for major mobile platforms.

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Stelph 13th May 2015, 13:05 Quote
Although delays are annoying, I always prefer a delay to a rushed released of a mess of a game
suenstar 13th May 2015, 13:18 Quote
I had a feeling that a further delay was looming when they announced that Ubisoft Annecy would be coming on board for the project, it seems like they're constantly struggling on this one.
Hopefully with the added manpower and extended time they'll have the resources to do some good work on it.

This is partly why I wish developers/publishers would cut down on announcing their games so early on, they get people excited about something that sounds fantastic and then make the audience get grumpy by the extended wait... then when they do release the game, people expect the game to be nothing short of brilliant due to the extra time the development team have had.
fix-the-spade 13th May 2015, 15:44 Quote
I can only imagine the waves of panic that swept through the upper offices of Ubisoft in the wake of Watchdogs and Assasin's Creed Unity's releases. That creeping dread as it dawned on them that yes, people did notice and they most certainly cared that the game looked nothing like those pre-rendered trailers they spent millions on for E3.

It must have been glorious.
SexyHyde 13th May 2015, 23:57 Quote
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Originally Posted by suenstar
This is partly why I wish developers/publishers would cut down on announcing their games so early on, they get people excited about something that sounds fantastic and then make the audience get grumpy by the extended wait... then when they do release the game, people expect the game to be nothing short of brilliant due to the extra time the development team have had.

Boom! Nailed it. I was excited about this when the first video came out, but will likely skip buying this as i'm just not interested anymore. I don't get grumpy, it's just my indifference gets to a point where I can't get excitied enough to buy it.
Crunchy 19th May 2015, 14:43 Quote
Hype too soon, piss off your public far too soon.
I was wetting my pants with excitement over this. Hopefully it'll still rock.
Might be another Watchdogs, which though fun, wasn't amazing by the time it launche.
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