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New Details Announced For The Division Including RPG Elements

Ubisoft have announced new details for their upcoming shooter The Division in a recent interview, including integrating RPG and Survival elements. That’s right, The Division has survival elements, including the need to search for clean water. Food and water have a higher value in the game, and you’ll need to go foraging for both, which act as a currency. Axel Rydby, Design Director for The Division, explained where the resources come in handy:

Not only do you actually have to go out and look for food and water, but they become very valuable and rare resources that can be used to trade and stuff like that. But when it comes to having to drink water and eat food to be able to survive, that’s not really what we want from it. Food and water will be a very important part of the game, but players will not need to eat and drink to stay alive.

As cool a feature as that would be, it wouldn’t really work within the shooter genre. The interview also revealed that when you start the online game, it will apparently be 72-hours worth of basic equipment and supplies. However these won’t get you very far. You’ll need to loot and acquire new gear as you progress, which brings in the RPG aspects. You won’t be able to select a class up front, as you’ll refine your character through decisions made in the game. It’s still unclear whether you’ll be able to use any of the vehicles scattered around the world, but a final decision has yet to be made. Mathias Karlson, lead Game Designer, said:

The way you navigate and move through the city or game that is open in nature, it’s very core to how you experience the world. We are currently investigating what is best for our game, what can we do to give the best experience as a player because that is, in the end, what’s important to us.

The Division is set to come out for PS4, Xbox One and PC in Winter 2014, and it’s sure to make a great Christmas present next year!