In a press release, Ubisoft has unveiled a rather interesting simulator based on The Division with “Collapse” that shows us how fast our part of the world can collapse when met with a weaponized virus.
According to Ubisoft, Collapse is an online interactive experience that uses real data to create an “immersive and personalized projection of the end of society.” In the sim, you are patient zero of this highly contagious new strain of smallpox and you have to make several choices that will greatly affect how this pandemic starts.
Based on Open Street Map, NASA open source data and IATA Flight routes, with input from emergency risk specialists and public service employees, Collapse features more than 3800 cities worldwide, home of 95% of the population. The user can compare different scenarios by choosing another epicenter or by making different choices in the simulator, and find the most vulnerable and the safest cities.
This simulator is based on the storyline of Tom Clancy’s The Division, which takes place in a mid-crisis New York that has been devastated by a deadly fictional virus named Variola Chimera. The Division, a secret unit of self-supported tactical agents, is activated to restore order in the city and take back New York.
Collapse is a powerful reminder of the fragility and complexity of our interdependent systems on which we rely daily – power, transport, communications, banking and hospitals. When one of them collapses, the other ones fail in a matter of days. Collapse shows how fast our world would fall down in case of a pandemic similar to what happens in Tom Clancy’s The Division and help players understanding the context of the game.
Go watch the trailer above to see how it all goes down, or better yet, go enter your address here to see how fast society collapses where you live.
The Division will be available on the PS4, Xbox One and PC this March 8.