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A new video from the limited closed beta of The Division showcases the game's emote system for the PS4 and Xbox One. Gamers are able to see what sort of emotive reactions they can unleash while roaming around in the apocalyptic setting of Ubisoft's upcoming third-person, MMO shooter.
Gamespot did a quick rundown of the emotes available in the beta at the time, thanks to a video posted by YouTuber Arekkz Gaming. You can check out the video below.
To initiate the emotes in The Division simply hold down on the D-pad and use the right analog stick to select the emote. You can do jumping jacks, salute, applaud, surrender, help and wave. These emotes are available alongside party and team chat.
One of the things mentioned in the video above by Arekkz Gaming is that the jumping jacks are a sign of peaceful intentions. If you do the jumping jacks, it means that you don't want any trouble and that you aren't there to cause someone grief. In the dark zone Arekkz mentions that you'll oftentimes find other players attempting to grab some loot and get to the extraction point, where they'll all stand there doing jumping jacks as a means of conveying the point that they have no hostile intentions for anyone else in the area; they just want to get their loot and get out.
The dynamic here is very, very similar to DayZ. Only people in DayZ would put their hands up to let the other party know that they have no intentions of committing a hostile act. It's a little like a social experiment, except in Bohemia Interactive's open-world, zombie survival game most people reverted to killing on sight as opposed to negotiating or approaching the other person. The kill-on-sight philosophy became the norm after bandits became notoriously organized, raiding the bases of other players and taking hostages while pilfering supplies. If it sounds like an episode from AMC's The Walking Dead, you aren't far off.
In the case of The Division, Ubisoft has limited the game's PvP mechanics so it's not as wild and untamed as DayZ. Only the dark zone has PvP enabled and there are a lot of HUD cues and data points to follow so you know who is friendly and who is hostile.
In a way, Ubisoft's title is a lot more casual and user-friendly as they want to lure in as broad an audience as possible.
Right now the game is still undergoing testing but Ubisoft hasn't exactly revealed for what. It could be for performance issues, as some rumors have spread that the Xbox One version of the game is running sub-900p and having trouble maintaining 30fps. If that turns out to be true, then there's going to be some serious complaints if Ubisoft doesn't get that ironed out before March. Avalanche Studios encountered a similar level of wrath with the poor performance gains in Just Cause 3 on the Xbox One.
start emoting your way through the dark zone in The Division starting March 8 for the Xbox One, PS4 and PC.