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The Division is a long awaited release, one that's surrounded and mired with controversy over the downgraded graphics from the initial trailer. Dynamic weather effects and environments that react to so many different points of data? It was a technological dream come true. But to actually make it playable on real, modern hardware, sacrifices had to be made.
The snow still melts over time, and builds-up, to a degree, in snow-storms. But it's less of a dramatic effect than the initial trailer. Overall, though, it's a good looking and very open game. And it works well. In fact, there are very few issues at the moment. Even the servers are mostly able to handle the amount of traffic that they're being bombarded with.
Ubisoft designed a new engine from the ground up for The Division. Their goal was to be able to create better and more visceral environments, instead of larger ones. More refined textures, better physics, physical based rendering, and even a weather system that can change drastically from one minute to the next.
The whole thing is "node-based", meaning everything is potentially interconnected in some underlying way. Also, it's very capable of procedural generation, or in the case that we see here, procedural destruction. Unfortunately, for now, it's only a DirectX 11 based engine, so it can't take advantage of the low-level control offered by DX12 or Vulkan.
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