The Division will no longer ship with a companion app on mobile devices, developer Massive has confirmed.
Speaking to IGN, a spokesperson for the studio stated that the app had been canned because using it created an imbalance in the team-based competitive gameplay which forms one of the main focuses of the game. The idea was that players on mobile devices would be able to interact with friends playing the main game, using an aerial drone to either boost armor or rain down fire upon others.
Set in the same Tom Clancy universe as other Ubisoft franchises like Splinter Cell and Rainbow Six, The Division is set in a near-future version of New York. After a terrorist group releases a biological agent into the world that leaves civilization teetering on the brink, the Strategic Homeland Division, a classified group of highly-trained operatives, are tasked with restoring order and ending the terrorist threat.
An open-world RPG, one of The Division‘s key selling points is seamless drop-in, drop-out gameplay that allows players to group together in order to secure strategic locations or acquire resources out in the city. Taking a leaf from games such as Day Z, players are free to turn against their teammates and acquire loot and resources for themselves. It’s this last aspect that the mobile app was supposed to enhance.
The Division has been in development for quite some time now, having been formally announced back in 2013 with a tentative release date for the following year. That was delayed to 2015, and again just recently to 8th March, 2016. Xbox One players will be able to access a beta of the game sometime later this year, with PC and PS4 players being granted access sometime early next year.
Ubisoft showed off some new gameplay of the title at E3 last week; if you missed it, or just want to refresh your memory, you can view the two latest E3 trailers below.