what’s new from ubisoft The division The game isn’t even out yet, as it’s still in beta testing and won’t be officially released until 2024. But after testing the beta, I already want a feature of the next game to become standard in every video game I play in the future. .
For the past few days, I’ve been playing the beta version of Ubisoft’s upcoming mobile looter shooter. The resurgence of division. As a fan of the previous games., I was curious to see if the excellent cover-based shooter action was still fun on a phone. Turns out it mostly is, what with the combat going on. Resurgence feel familiar with division 2 although with some changes that make it more playable on a device with a touch screen. But what I liked most about this new Division Gameplay is the ability to fast-forward scenes with the touch of a finger.
Before we continue: Yes, I know that Ubisoft didn’t invent the concept of fast-forward cutscenes. Some JRPGs have included similar features or allow you to do so after beating the game once. But fast forwarding is still so rarely seen in 2023 games that its inclusion in Resurgence of the division It was a pleasant surprise, which is not only worth mentioning but leads me to ask: Why isn’t this standard in most games?
A wonderful surprise
In fact, I discovered the ability to fast forward scenes in The resurgence of division accidentally. During a longer cutscene at the beginning of the game’s intro sequence, I tapped the screen to clean a smudge and suddenly the cutscene started playing twice as fast.
Since then I have been using ResurgenceThe fast forward function quite frequently. If a scene includes a scene of someone walking silently, I tap the screen for a few seconds and whiz through it. If a character starts babbling about a quest I already understand, I tap the screen and speed things up for a few seconds. It’s a lot of fun to speed up the dialogue as they start to sound a little like Alvin and the Chipmunks. You can also tap it randomly to remix scenes. I’ve probably… been having too much fun with this minor feature.
Of course, you can also skip the cutscenes entirely in The resurgence of division, as most 2023 games allow you to do. But I usually don’t want to skip a scene entirely, even if characters or drags start talking about something that’s already been completely covered. You never know when a new part of the story might appear, or when a character might reveal more about who they are, etc. But being able to easily and selectively speed up parts of scenes has been a blessing in Resurgence. It’s also a smart feature to include in a mobile game, since you never know if the person playing will need to finish quickly to catch a bus or whatever.
So yes, Ubisoft, you have spoiled me. I want this fast forward option in every video game you make in the future. I definitely want it in division 3 and The heart of the division, at least. Now that I’ve tried it, I don’t want to go back.