Ubisoft's Massive Entertainment posted a 2 minute 43 second video showcasing some of the abilities of the Snowdrop engine, which will power the highly-anticipated 2014 blockbuster title, Tom Clancy's The Division.
The announced features of the Snowdrop included a day/night lighting cycle, volumetric lighting system that provides a realistic and immerse experience. Snowdrop also supports procedural destruction - a system that is mind-blowingly realistic. As projectiles flew through a billboard sign, the volumetric lighting shined through as you would expect in real life. Additionally, the breaking glass of car windows, side mirrors, and tires added to the incredible realism of the engine.
To add to the realism, Snowdrop's particle system shows smoke dynamically reacting to light and environmental surfaces use a shader system that allows changing weather conditions to have a direct effect on their surfaces. From dry, to rain, to even snow and ice.
What do all these features mean for "next-gen" gaming? With consoles now embracing x86 architecture, they've become more like PCs than dedicated gaming platforms with dedicated tools. This could mean better titles with more cross-platform options for us gamers without sacrificing features or visuals due to hacks or kludge required to bring the title to them.
"Tom Clancy's The Division" is an MMORPG with an original story inspired by the Tom Clancy universe and is centered around the aftermath of a pandemic that begun on Black Friday. The world at large is in chaos as civilization has crumbled into anarchy. Players take the role of a member of "Strategic Homeland Division (SDH)," referred to as "The Division," to help save the remainder of the United States. The game is set in New York City, and from what we've seen so far, the game could possibly encompass the entire city, including many interior structures and underground systems.
"Tom Clancy's The Division" is expected to release sometime in late 2014 for PC, PS4, and Xbox One.
Watch the video below and let us know what you think about Massive & Ubisoft's next-gen title and their impressive game engine, Snowdrop...