The Division was considered for last-gen, but the idea was ultimately dropped
Tom Clancy’s The Division is currently one of the few Ubisoft titles developed exclusively for current gen consoles. However, Massive Entertainment took into consideration the idea of also developing it for last-gen at one point. But the company aims to show us some truly impressive graphics in their upcoming game and apparently the Xbox 360 and PS3 just wouldn’t be able to run it . “Sure. We want the game to be as accessible as possible. What we wanted to do with the graphics and with the seamless open-world is not possible to do on last-gen,” Executive Producer Fredrik Rundqvist said in an interview with Examiner.
During the discussions, the developer also revealed some other interesting details about The Division. For example, Rundqvist says that players will not have the option of turning PVP off, and if someone wants to avoid PVP they must stay clear of the “Dark Zone”. Last week we learned that everyone will start off the game in a “Green Zone” and this is also the place where most of the trading will be take place. Now we find out that there is also a name for places especially designed for PVP combat, “Dark Zone”. But wait, there’s more. Rundqvist also reveals that he is not upset that The Division only comes out next year as there will be more people to play it by then given that next-gen consoles owners seem to be growing at an exponential rate.
“If you look at the [sales] trends for PS4 and Xbox One, I think it looks really encouraging. It’s selling faster than last-gen, which is surprising to me. I don’t mind at all [that The Division] is coming out next year. There will be more people who can enjoy the game,” Rundqvist said. Unfortunately he didn’t say anything about a possible release date for The Division, but perhaps we’ll hear something about that at Gamescom.