The Division – Snowdrop Next-Gen Engine

I really have to get this out of the way, because until I update the good people of on what’s new with my most anticipated next-gen game. I simply can’t, with a good heart continue to post anything else on the site. With that said, The Division continues to blow out all my expectations, I expected a beautiful game but I didn’t expect this. Ubisoft is known to push the envelope on graphics, with the first assassin’s creed back in 2007 they pushed what last gen consoles could do. They gave us a glimpse at what is possible with the technology available at the time, of course the game looks outdated now but they continued. With each entry into the franchise they only improved gameplay and graphics.

Image showing snow build up

Image showing snow build up

Assassin’s Creed 4 is no exception, it’s one of the most beautiful games out right now and one of the best games available on current and next-gen consoles. They showed us Watchdogs and that game is also truly magical, but what makes The Division even more magical? It will only be available on Next-Gen consoles, that only means one thing. It isn’t being held back, there isn’t a conversion process they have to do for last-gen and there isn’t a limit set to accommodate the Ps3 and Xbox 360. It is a full blown Next-Gen game, and they displayed what they could do with no limits on their new Snowdrop Engine Trailer.

The more I see, the more excited I get, it goes without saying the game is looking amazing. We can wait till the games release or until they show us more to draw a conclusion but as of now, they are giving us the goodies. Snowdrop has allowed them to create a dynamic and beautiful world, the lighting, day/night cycle, weather, atmosphere, and particles are all ran by the Snowdrop engine. Take a good look at the snow build up and think to yourself. Have I ever seen this? The answer is no, there are similar effects out there but never has a game allowed snow to build up or dry in such a way before. It does it in process, you don’t go outside and suddenly all the snow is gone. You go outside and see the snow melt away, and as it melts it leaves puddles and slush on the ground.  You notice the transition on the image provided above, also look at the image below. On that image you see a completely different scenario, the snow and slush is completely different as you see it in the comparison image above. These images display on of the many effects of the Snowdrop engine. The Snowdrop engine also provides a more dynamic lighting experience. You know what? I’m going to stop writing, I think you guys would further enjoy a video showing you this amazing new TRULY Next-Gen engine. Ladies and gentlemen get ready to be blown away. Stick around, I’m sure most of you have seen our podcast, well an Assassin’s Creed 4 review is coming soon!



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2 thoughts on “The Division – Snowdrop Next-Gen Engine

  1. Great Article, I already preordered mine. The Division and Watchdogs are definately going to be a hit.

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