The Division snowdrop engine

This blurry screengrab doesn’t really do it justice. Sorry.

Ubisoft’s Tom Clancy’s The Division, in memory of Tom Clancy’s Tom Clancy, will be running on the Snowdrop Engine. I know this, because there was a video telling people all about it shown as part of the sleep deprivation torture experiment known as VGX 2013.

“Never before has a videogame reached this level of detail,” says the trailer, before showing off how pretty the lighting, dynamic shaders and particle effects are. It does look very pretty, and I think I caught my graphics card sobbing quietly as the video progressed. Of course, “looking really nice” is only one part of what makes a game great. The rest is … well, the gamey bits. We’ll see what The Division has to offer in that department once Ubisoft starts talking about it a bit more.

For now, all that’s really known is that it’ll be a third-person MMO type jaunt set in a collapsing New York.

The Division is due in late 2014, so expect at least 4,000 more trailers between now and then.

Peter Parrish

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