Tom Clancy’s The Division documentaries get uncomfortably real

There is a lot to worry about in the world today. Politics worldwide is growing ever more divisive, the cult of celebrity is sucking the life out of popular culture, and every day we are edging closer to climate change-induced Armageddon. For many, video games offer a form of escapism from such worldly woes. True, that escapism can often take the form of blowing zombies’ limbs off or attacking gargantuan cyborg aliens with a chainsaw, but for many people stepping that far out of reality seems a pretty valid way of relaxing of an evening.

Now Ubisoft is looking to pull that rug of violent escapism from under gamers’ feet. Teaming up with digital agency Biborg they’ve filmed a series of three documentaries that explore how the events in the latest Tom Clancy game, The Division, could actually come to pass.

The third-person game is set against the backdrop of a pandemic that causes havoc across the globe. The three documentaries come as a stark reminder that, while the game is pure fiction, the threat from viruses is very, very real.

Check out the first documentary above and the following two below. Thanks Ubisoft for reminding us of just how fragile life is and how depressing the world can be. You will find us playing Mario Kart and gently weeping into our controllers.

Episode 2

Episode 3

Tom Clancy’s The Division is out today on PC, Xbox One and Playstation 4