Ubisoft’s shock announcement of The Division: Resurrection leaves quite a lot of unanswered questions. Bringing in a AAA console sequence is not simple, so how do you squeeze the complete console expertise right into a mobile sport?
We spoke with govt producer Fabrice Navrez concerning the creation of this new entry after The Division launched on mobile. So, how was The Division made? Are there any compromises in bringing the sport to the cellphone?
The Division has been 4 years within the making
Ubisoft’s tenure in mobile gaming has been pretty sparse. While builders typically launch brief mobile releases, there’s little focus on the platform. However, 4 years in the past, issues modified. With massive mobile video games like PUBG Mobile and Fortnite bringing console multiplayer to mobile, it is time to be a part of the mobile revolution.
Ubisoft’s purpose is straightforward: do what others have achieved. Deliver a top-notch console expertise for mobile units with out compromise. What higher strategy to begin a sport than The Division?
“We began fascinated by the sport in 2018,” Navrez advised us. “From the start, our purpose has been to convey a trustworthy however authentic The Division expertise on mobile units. This consists of having the identical core gameplay [as the console version].•”
First, technical modifications needed to be made. PC and console video games are made in Snowdrop, Ubisoft’s proprietary sport engine. Since the engine could not assist mobile units within the desired approach, they needed to search for options. As it occurs, their substitute would be the identical engine that their opponents are utilizing.
“It’s a special engine than the console and PC variations… [that’s] Snowdrop engine. “Navres defined. “The sport was made with Unreal Engine. “
Dark Zone Revenge is again
In Ubisoft’s mission to create an entire The Division expertise on mobile units, one factor should return: the Dark Zone. While the majority of the sport is a multiplayer PvE sandbox, the Dark Zone is the sport’s harmful PvP space the place the most effective loot will be discovered.
Navrez revealed that the Dark Zone won’t solely return to The Division, however turn out to be a significant a part of the sport. It’s a part of making a “mobile The Division expertise” and retaining all the pieces “trustworthy.”
“Dark Zone is The Division’s signature sport mode, and you will see Dark Zone in The Division Revival,” he advised us. However, he additionally hinted that there can be some modifications to higher accommodate mobile units. Instead of constructing a replica, the builders “tailored it to The Division”.
Adjusting to the phrase actually worries us. Since The Division is a free-to-play expertise, some caveats need to be made. While Ubisoft teased us concerning the modifications, they could not clarify what they have been.
When requested concerning the modifications made to The Division for free-to-play video games, they solely stated: “Overall, we plan to keep up a detailed and related development construction to different The Division video games. We’ll present particulars on that later. More particulars on this.”
More Ubisoft mobile video games coming quickly?
Of course, we will not finish an interview with a sport with out asking concerning the future. Games journalists are simply that grasping. As standard, the main points are transient, however it feels like Ubisoft has extra in retailer for pocket players sooner or later.
“I’m simply focusing on The Division proper now,” Navrez advised us. “[However,] We launched Rainbow Six Siege on mobile earlier this 12 months. “
Hope to see extra Ubisoft mobile video games launched. With Skull and Bones lastly releasing on consoles, we’re hoping to have mobile conversations for some time. What’s actually cool, nevertheless, is Splinter Cell: Spies vs Mercenaries. anybody?