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The Division release set for 'second half of 2014'

E3 show-stopper could be Ubisoft's marquee Christmas product

Ubisoft will release its online action RPG The Division during the second half of 2014, according to the publisher's chief executive.

Speaking during an investor meeting on Thursday, Yves Guillemot said that the game's projected release "is closer to the end of 2014 than the start", possibly lining up the well-received title as Ubisoft's major Christmas release.

The Division, in development at Ubisoft Massive, was announced on June 11 for Xbox One and PS4.

Within two weeks, some 100,000 people signed a petition requesting that Ubisoft also release the title on PC.

In a recent Q&A session with fans of the game, community developer Antoine Emond moved to clarify The Division's always-online co-op and PvP mechanics.

"The Division is an online, open world RPG experience where exploration, objectives and player progression are all essential," he said.

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"You can team up with a group of friends in co-op and jump in and jump out at any time. In certain areas, you can also seamlessly engage in PvP and experience suspenseful scenarios where danger can come from anywhere and anyone."

Speaking more specifically on player-versus-player scenarios, Emond explained: "Player vs. Player combat will play a very big role in our game. The choices you make as a Division agent can either spur a recovery or plunge the city further into chaos.

"The people you meet in certain areas of the game can either be your best friends or your worst enemies. So you'll constantly be making decisions that will impact the world around you."

Emond promises that extensive character customization and collectibles will offer every player a sense of uniqueness.

"The Division is an RPG, so we really want the player to feel unique; there will be tons of possibilities to customize your agent (thousands of weapon types, skill combinations, gear and much more)," he said.

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