The third-person shooter video game Tom Clancy’s The Division was released on March 8, and it offers virtual tourists and Brooklyn residents alike a rare opportunity: to stroll around Dumbo armed to the teeth, in the middle of an apocalypse.
New York is in chaos in the wake of a devastating smallpox pandemic, and as a sleeper agent of the Strategic Homeland Division, your job is to restore to order. Fortunately for us, YouTube user River Frozenn took a break from the mission to give us a tour of the game’s impressive rendering of Dumbo.
Like any good tour of Dumbo, his starts at Water and Washington Streets, for that iconic view of the Manhattan Bridge, before walking east though the arch to the Pearl Street Triangle. The attention to detail is eerie, especially given that the streets are full of uncollected garbage and abandoned police cars. (Was this what Dumbo was like in the 1970s?)
It’s not the first time Dumbo has appeared in a video game, but this rendering is a lot more realistic than the neighborhood in Grand Theft Auto IV called BOABO (“Beneath the Off-ramp of the Algonquin Bridge Overpass”).
Who here is tempted to buy this game just to walk around Dumbo?