If you’re one of the millions of people anticipating the launch of Tom Clancy’s The Division, then you’d be forgiven for believing that Brooklyn will be one of the areas playable following the game’s launch. However, despite Brooklyn being featuring in several of the trailers we’ve seen since the game was announced, it won’t. All initial content will be set squarely within midtown Manhattan.
The information was revealed during an interview with the Examiner, and later in a video with Open World Games, where The Division’s creative director, Magnus Jansen, said that the game’s environment will be limited to midtown Manhattan because “of the one to one recreation” of the location. Jansen also stated that there were narrative reasons for the decision as well: “The pandemic that has wiped out New York has cut off even inter-borough travel.”
Naturally this news has disappointed the world of the Internet with the general mood toward the announcement being negative. However it’s worth noting that Tom Clancy’s The Division is an open world game, meaning midtown Manhattan will be more than enough of an environment to give those looking forward to the game plenty to do.
Another thing worth mentioning is that in all of the statements made in relation to the limitation of the game’s environment, nowhere was it said that other areas of New York would not be added through DLC, which is a given for a game like The Division. Given that we’ve already seen the Brooklyn area featured in trailers, it’s almost a guarantee that the area will make an appearance in the game at some point.
The best way to get a feel for what locations you can explore when the game launches on March 8th would be to take part in the upcoming beta which goes live on January 28th. Until then we’ll just have to speculate.