Ubisoft’s new The Division sport isn’t even out but, because it’s nonetheless in beta testing and gained’t launch formally till 2024. However after making an attempt the beta, I already need one function from the upcoming sport to turn out to be commonplace in each online game I play sooner or later.
For the previous couple of days, I’ve been enjoying the beta for Ubisoft’s upcoming cell looter shooter, The Division Resurgence. As a fan of the earlier video games, I used to be curious to see if the wonderful cover-based shooter motion was nonetheless enjoyable on a cellphone. Seems, it largely is, with fight in Resurgence feeling acquainted to The Division 2’s albeit with some adjustments that make it extra playable on a touchscreen system. However the factor I beloved essentially the most about this new Division sport is the flexibility to fast-forward cutscenes with the contact of a finger.
Earlier than we go any additional: Sure, I do know Ubisoft didn’t invent the idea of fast-forwarding cutscenes. Some JRPGs have included related options, or allow you to do that after beating the sport as soon as. However quick forwarding continues to be so not often seen in video games in 2023 that its inclusion in Division Resurgence was a pleasant shock, that not solely bears mentioning however prompts me to ask: Why isn’t this commonplace in most video games?
A beautiful shock
I truly found the flexibility to fast-forward cutscenes in The Division Resurgence accidentally. Throughout an extended cutscene early within the sport’s introduction sequence, I touched the display screen to wipe away a smudge and instantly the cutscene began enjoying twice as shortly.
Since that second, I’ve been using Resurgence’s fast-forward function very often. If a cutscene features a scene of somebody strolling round silently, I faucet the display screen for just a few seconds and buzz by means of it. If a personality begins blabbering on a couple of mission that I already perceive, I faucet the display screen and pace issues up for just a few seconds. It’s very humorous to hurry up dialogue, as they begin sounding a bit like Alvin and the Chipmunks. You can even faucet it randomly to kind of remix cutscenes, too. I’ve…most likely been having an excessive amount of enjoyable with this minor function.
After all, you may also skip cutscenes fully in The Division Resurgence, identical to most video games in 2023 allow you to. However I normally don’t wish to skip a cutscene totally, even when drags or characters begin occurring about one thing that has been totally lined already. You by no means know when a brand new little bit of lore would possibly drop, or a personality would possibly reveal extra about who they’re, and so on. However with the ability to simply and selectively pace by means of elements of cutscenes has been a godsend in Resurgence. It’s additionally a sensible function to incorporate in a cell sport, as you by no means know if the individual enjoying would possibly have to wrap up shortly to catch a bus or no matter.
So yeah, Ubisoft, you’ve spoiled me. I need this fast-forward choice in each online game you make sooner or later. I undoubtedly need it in The Division 3 and The Division Heartland, at the least. Now that I’ve had a style, I don’t wish to return.