It is very uncool to admit it, but I really like The Division games. The first one is thuddingly racist in parts, mind you, and never really reconciles its crypto-fascist central concept.
But it provided me a pretty tight, mindless shooter I could mute and listen to podcasts while playing for countless hours. It’s base building, and gear mechanics also hooked me deeper than I expected. On a technical level, it is a very sound experience. Narratively and optics wise, not so much. That is a whole other piece, trust.
I haven’t spent much time with the sequel just yet, having just jumped on the Free Play Days of it because I’m broke as hell (AGENTofASGARD on X-Box Live should you want to squad up!), but it looks to be much of the better things, on a much bigger scale. Plus, much, MUCH less racist having made all the enemy factions masked, largely generalized designs. So, win-win!
It is on with that realization that I am happy to announce that Netflix has acquired the upcoming film adaptation, according to Polygon!
Headlined by Jake Gyllenhaal and Jessica Chastain, The Division was originally slated for 2016 to try to capitalize on the game’s success. It stalled a bit but now seems to be inactive production with Deadpool 2 director David Leitch.
Also of note, the slight retconning of the Division’s fascist origins in the film’s synopsis. Now instead of secretly embedded in society government Mary Sues that were activated upon disaster, the Division are now billed as “a group of civilians, trained to operate in catastrophic times.”
Much better than “government sleeper agents,” right?!
Out of all of the recent Tom Clancy video game IP, The Division is the most cinematic. Here’s hoping this can give us a rare non-Jack Ryan related cinematic hit.
Until next time, squad, fight smart!