The Division: X-ONE talks open-world shooting with Martin Hultberg
After a huge showing for The Division at this year’s E3 and gamescom, we sat down with Martin Hultberg, IP manager at Ubisoft Massive, to talk gunplay, online multiplayer and the Dark Zone. Here’s what he had to say…
X-ONE: How is the mixed PvP / PvE element going to work in the final release of The Division? We see a lot of people comparing the systems to Destiny – is that a fair comparison to make?
Martin Hultberg: The setup allows you a seamless transition between solo, co-op and player vs player. This means no lobbies or menus – it is just one unbroken experience once you start the game. The world consists of areas that facilitate these different ways of playing and you will know, and choose, when you make the transition from one to another. So you can play alone or find friends to join up with in the social areas. Once out in the world together, you can decide to enter what we call a Dark Zone, where PvP becomes a possibility you have to consider. Still, it is not a certainty because the people you meet might just as well end up helping you. Nobody can be trusted in the Dark Zone, though, so tensions and risks are high – but so are the rewards.
XO: Do you think the numerous delays to The Division have harmed the public perception of it?
MH: I think what matters most is the quality of the experience. Taking the time to make sure it is right almost always proves to be worth it.
XO: With such a heavy emphasis on co-op, how are you still catering for players that prefer playing solo?
MH: You can play all of it solo if you so choose. At the same time, we are making it easy to transition into multiplayer, and hopefully some solo players will find that interesting and give it a try!
XO: The PvP sounds like it can be taken advantage of by players that might want to troll others or be toxic. How are you going to balance and moderate the Dark Zones?
MH: Balancing is, of course, a constant endeavour with any online game. We will test extensively, keep a close eye on things and balance accordingly. As for moderation, we don’t have anything to share yet – but the Dark Zone is a dangerous place!
You can read the rest of this interview – and our hands-on impressions for The Division, in issue 130 of X-ONE, on sale on now. You can pick up a physical copy in all good shops or from our online store, or read the magazine digitally on your PC, tablet or phone.
The Division will be available on Xbox One starting 8 March 2016.