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Release date:  Tuesday, 8th March 2016

Twitter tags:  #TheDivision @TheDivisionGame

The Division takes place in mid-crisis New York, an open world with destructive environments that are free for players to explore. The player's mission is to restore order by investigating the source of a virus. Players have to team up with other Division agents as they progress. The game's core mechanics are similar to other third-person-shooters, in which player character can carry three weapons, and explosives like sticky bombs and smart mines to fight against enemies.[3] Players may take cover behind objects during firefights to avoid taking damage from enemies, and to give them a tactical advantage when attacking. As the game is set in a third-person perspective, the character model is visible.[4]

As players progress, they earn experience points and currency. They can use these points to customize their character's appearance, upgrade weapons and gear, and learn new talents and skills. Players have to complete missions to learn active talents such as the ability to throw healing grenades, deploy automated gun turret or use radar pulse, which can tag enemies.[5] The game features a dynamic, time based weather system which may bring benefits or disadvantages to players. For instance, storms can hinder player's visibility and make aiming difficult. The game also features a day-night cycle which will change the behaviors of enemies in the game.[6]

The Dark Zone is the player-versus-player competitive multiplayer mode featured in The Division, where a lot of high-end weapons are left behind when the military retreats in the game. It is separated from the main campaign and has its own progression system. Players discover valuable items inside a Dark Zone. However, these items, known as "contaminated loot", can be taken by other players in the zone, and will not be permanently attached to the player's character unless they are extracted from the zone through a helicopter.[7] Players can be accompanied by several co-operative partners and other neutral, player-controlled agents. These people, however, can turn against the player at any moment, going rogue. Players' level and ranking may drop if they die too often in the zone.


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Tips

Make it safe

Make sure to unlock a safe house in the area before you attempt a mission, otherwise you'll be running from miles away when you fail and have to respawn. Resist the temptation to go straight in with the "who dares wins" attitude. In this game, who dares dies. A lot.

Duck!

Keep your head down. There's a lot of people out there that will shoot you if they see you.

Team up

Sometimes it's too difficult to go it alone, so join some online buddies (or total strangers) and attack the mission as a team. Or, go for glory, run around shooting everything, then die and watch as your team mates enjoy the fruits of your labour instead of rescuing you.
  

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