In an era marred by chaotic occurrences, not to mention the tension and uneasiness surrounding the global political climate, it is sometimes hard to separate fact and fiction. From books to movies to video games, parallels can easily be drawn and exploited to make fictional stories more relatable, which in turn generally creates a better, more profound user experience. However, that is apparently not the goal or premise of Ubisoft’s Tom Clancy’s The Division 2.
In an interview with Polygon, Terry Spier, creative director for North Carolina-based Red Storm Entertainment, insisted that the follow up to 2016’s Tom Clancy’s The Division is not making a political statement. Rather, at its core, the game is about rebuilding, helping, and unifying civilians.
Tom Clancy’s The Division 2 takes place in Washington, DC, six months after a virus took over American society, sending military officials and a corrupt government into underground bunkers, leaving civilians to either die or survive on their own in the streets. Players (Division Agents) are tasked with helping civilians in the rebuilding effort while fighting the corruption, acting as the last line of defense in preventing a total collapse in DC and the nation as a whole.
We have already seen a similar story this year in Far Cry 5, which puts players in the middle of a small town civil war, fighting against a tyrannical leader. Far Cry 5’s location and story may be smaller in scale, but its concept is not unreasonable or beyond the realm of plausibility.
While Spier doesn’t bite on any of the questions relating Tom Clancy’s The Division 2’s plot with the current politically charged climate in America, it is all too easy to draw parallels between the two. The topics of administrative corruption, along with a general uneasiness of the nation, are conversations that are happening daily amongst political pundits. Nation-wide movements and protests of dissent have also started occurring more frequently since the current administration took office.
For now, we’ll take Spier at his word. But, based on what we know of the game’s narrative so far, it may be slightly difficult to take it as a truly fictional piece of work.
Tom Clancy’s The Division 2 is slated for released on March 15, 2019.