Ubisoft delays The Division until Q1 2016

A couple of months ago, we reported that The Division was on track for a 2015 release. Not so fast, according to Ubisoft, which today announced that the MMO shooter’s launch is being pushed back to “the first quarter of calendar year 2016.”

No reason is given for the delay beyond the usual PR-speak about ensuring that the game meets high expectations. Ubisoft also says that it will “show you more next month at E3.”

Source: Ubisoft blog
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Denice J Cook
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Denice J Cook

MikedotFoster 
ZOMG Mike, you’re scarin’ me!  So what polish do you use on your never-fail crystal ball?  And you are in the wrong business– you could be making a fortune with your own soothsayer.com web site….

Kayweg
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Kayweg

MikedotFoster Scary….called quite a few things there.

Gas Chamber Gerhan
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Gas Chamber Gerhan

Crow God but sadly not before duke nukem forever, the running joke that finally saw the light of day :P

Smiggins
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Smiggins

PizzaDoh Smiggins  I dont want it to be hackable, hence my question.

Rohirrim
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Rohirrim

If the 2015 release is like ESO release and the 2016 release is ESO 1.6 update then go for it and release it on 2016. I am still try to convince my friends of how much better ESO is now but they are still scared of their initial experience of the game. ESO is an example that stands for almost all MMOs. Delay and release when ready. Initial experience is 80%+ of success.

Loyheta
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Loyheta

PizzaDoh Loyheta ouch… hahaha. Yeah me and a bunch of friends are looking forward to this but we are incredibly pessimistic about it.

Crow God
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Crow God

The Division will come out soon after Half-Life 3.

Lysrin
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Lysrin

o.O Division… I fear we will never meet…

ihatevnecks
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ihatevnecks

Isn’t this one another of their multi-studio games? Like four different studios spread across the world making this one? Because that worked out so well for them with AC: U.

PizzaDoh
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PizzaDoh

Smiggins How easy do you want this game to be hackable?

PizzaDoh
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PizzaDoh

Loyheta Something tells me this wasn’t because they felt they needed more time to make an awesome game, rather it’s because they needed more time to get the bare-bones of the game in so they could legally ship it.

PurpleCopper
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PurpleCopper

This game has been in production for how many years?

Akami
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Akami

Damonvile Akami GW2 was pushed back a time or two, and it’s a gem (if you like the playstyle).  Few others out there as well, but gw2 is the biggest example.

Loyheta
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Loyheta

That’s too bad. Hopefully it results in a better game instead of a rushed one. And Ubi… ffs… don’t riddle this with cash shop crap. I’m serious. Tired of it.

manaek05
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manaek05

Damonvile Akami Well, plenty of titles end up good – Half Life 2 being a prime example. Its just that last 2 years have been really rough for gaming, especially AAA titles from major publishers were disappointing. Honestly, in case of Ubisoft – everything points to lack of development expertise rather than lack of time to polish – the fact that AC:U is still a buggy mess (SLI not fixed to this day, no performance improvement despite them dumbing down graphics in latest patches), major flaws in their releases that no way in hell were not noticed by Q&A – it all actually points to devs being bad, rather than the usual “poor talented devs are bullied by ebil corporate management” narrative people are so fond of.

Smiggins
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Smiggins

Does this game have client side hit detection?

shayneary
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shayneary

Sigh, another game added to the list of “games shown at E3 that give the impression of launching with next gen consoles but still aren’t out” (It’s a long winded title list, I know).

Damonvile
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Damonvile

Akami How often do the games that keep getting pushed back really turn out great. I know we read it all the time on forums but generally the ones that have serious issues making dates over and over, end up a disaster.

mysecretid
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mysecretid

I’d rather they took their time and got it right than shoved out a half-baked game.

In my opinion, UbiSoft has been dropping the ball a lot lately — a lot of hype, but half-baked releases. After what happened with Watch_Dogs, et al. I think its in their best interests to make certain The Division is solid on release.

My opinions only, of course,

luriel
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luriel

I guess that nobody paid for this game yet. So… no problem. Take any time that they need.

sonicblue31
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sonicblue31

Crickets

Akami
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Akami

It keeps getting pushed back so either it’s going to be amazingly polished, and much more massive than any of us realize.  Or they are having issues with tieing all of the systems together.

John Bagnoli
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John Bagnoli

News like this leaves me scratching my chin. We want quality games right? No more day 1 patches? Fully tested systems etc etc. But how often can you push a game back before the stress of reworking everything breaks more than it fixes? And I mean that more than code, but also concept were we get delivered a mess instead of something coherent.

zyrusticae
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zyrusticae

SHOCKING NEW-
Wait, I didn’t even realize this thing had a tentative release date. Maybe because I forgot about its existence. Hm. 
At any rate, they can take as much time with it as they want to. Not like I’m in any hurry…

Sinaptic
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Sinaptic

They have to turn the graphics down and make it more cinematic. 

They also need time to cut the game up and sell it at dlc prices and add in micro-transactions.

It all takes time

captainzor
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captainzor

Bah.  This is what they get for having ever announced it as early as they did.

fangGWJ
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fangGWJ

NoooooOOO…
WTH?!

MikedotFoster
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MikedotFoster

Called it! http://www.engadget.com/2014/12/18/the-think-tank-mmo-industry-predictions-for-2015/

Siphaed
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Siphaed

I do think that the Ubisoft execs were HIGH with any kind of EXPECTATION of success with this game.  They’ve dragged it out over and over again with delays.  Destiny is going to have another expansion ready to shoot The Division in the foot before it even takes its first step.  And the overall concept of the game is just another shooter that has online play in it.  “Well hello, Mr. Call of Duty.  When did you, Mr. Battlefield, Mr. Halo, and the rest of the gang get here? Wait, what’s that in your hands?  Why are you pointing that at me?  Don’t you want new of the same?….  Why can’t I join?…. No! NOOOOO!”  *bang!*.

floweringmind
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floweringmind

After seeing the horrible release of Destiny, all hopes were shattered for this game.

Icnoevil
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Icnoevil

MMO shooter….rofl.

vinicitur
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vinicitur

That was a guaranteed given that they had announced the new rainbow 6 for a 2015 christmas release. There is no way that one of the big publishers would release 2 competing games in the same time window.

Koolthulu
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Koolthulu

The fact that it is Ubisoft delaying a game says a lot about just how messed up the game must be right now. And it is a safe bet that it will still get released in a half finished state.

Damonvile
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Damonvile

Celestial How many times can it happen before you’re no longer a cynic and just going off an established precedent ? :)

A_Dad Supreme
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A_Dad Supreme
Celestial
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Celestial

As disappointing as this is, I am perfectly fine with another delay if it means the game gets some extra polish. The cynic in me though believes that this being Ubisoft, the game will come out on PC about six months after release on console, and be a buggy, unoptimized mess.

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