The Division E3 2014 footage shows co-op combat in snowy New York

Fresh footage of The Division was shown at the Microsoft E3 press conference at E3 2014 today. A squad of four players navigated the snowy streets of dilapidated New York, battling what appeared to be NPC enemies on the way to a huge safehouse. Flamethrowers and strobe grenades were involved.

There was more strangely terse patter from the voice actors filling in for ordinary players over voice comms. One made reference to having to "change up our skills" before a fight, implying an on-the-fly perk system of some kind. The phrase "pull aggro" was also dropped, reinforcing the sense of an MMO-esque world. It'll be interesting to discover the precise scale of The Division's zones. It's hard to imagine a DayZ level of scale with that level of environmental detail.

The reference to a safehouse that belonged to one of the characters was also interesting. It sounded like an instanced base location that could be upgraded by players.

It's another good showing for the new Snowdrop engine. The streets were cluttered with detritus, characters gently bumped car doors shut as they threw themselves into cover. We'll probably see more at the Ubisoft conference. Meanwhile, here's that footage.

Tom Senior

Part of the UK team, Tom was with PC Gamer at the very beginning of the website's launch—first as a news writer, and then as online editor until his departure in 2020. His specialties are strategy games, action RPGs, hack ‘n slash games, digital card games… basically anything that he can fit on a hard drive. His final boss form is Deckard Cain.