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Ubisoft Reflections co-developing The Division

Driver and The Crew creator contributing to the MMO-like shooter

Ubisoft Reflections, developer of Driver and upcoming open-world racer The Crew, has revealed it is also working on Tom Clancy's The Division.

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The open-world MMO-like shooter is principally being developed by Ubisoft's Massive Entertainment, but in an interview with Develop Pauline Jacquey, managing director of Reflections, said it has also been working on the game for "a few months already".

"We spoke [with Massive's MD] at an event about a year ago, where I said the cultural match-up would be good because the two teams have complementary skillsets. We started discussing a partnership, and it all came together very quickly and easily," she explained.

According to Jacquey, Reflections is stepping out of its wheelhouse to work on a variety of The Division's aspects, and not just driving.

"We're working on all systems of the game," she said. "Main characters, enemies, RPG pillars, building Manhattan, our Core technology, online components, and so on. It gives us a very broad and wide input on the game, but it's not as limited as doing the naval battles on Assassin's Creed III."

Jacquey also indicated the studio has also worked on a number of other Ubisoft titles in the past: "Our team loves working on different games. Working on Just Dance, Watch Dogs, The Crew and The Division allows them to increase their knowledge about other genres.

"And that doesn't mean we're losing our legacy of driving games. We offer support to other studios, so they can have the best experience with the vehicles in their games."

The Division was revealed at E3 with gameplay footage for Xbox One and PS4, before Ubisoft confirmed a PC version at Gamescom.

The ambitious title aims to blur the lines between multiplayer and single-player experiences by launching players into an adventure set in a post-apocalyptic New York. As players work their way through the story, they will band up into squads with fellow players and proceed through missions that bring them face-to-face with other squads.

The game will run Ubisoft's new 'Snowdrop Engine', which was recently given a video tech demo showing off its capabilities.

The Division is set for release in the second half of 2014.

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