Ubisoft's recently announced entry in the Tom Clancy franchise, Tom Clancy's The Division, is slated to hit Xbox One and PlayStation 4; however, users will also have the opportunity to take part in co-operative multiplayer taking on the role of an in-game drone from their iOS and Android tablet devices.
The companion app, which will be released simultaneously with The Division, will give the player a synchronized, real-time view of the game from an isometric perspective. Speaking to Polygon today, lead designer Matthias Karlson explained players can equip their drone with skills such as heals and missiles, then offer damage buffs to those playing the game on console and armor debuffs to enemy shooters. The drone can heal co-op players individually, and can also target individual enemies who may not be visible from on the ground.
The Division joins a number of other Ubisoft titles, including Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag, which will feature off-console and PC interactivity. Black Flag's companion app offering is an easy-access information center made up of an interactive GPS-styled map, information about the animus, status information regarding your ship and overall game statistics.
As was previously announced, Ubisoft's other next-gen release Watch Dogs will also feature a companion app that allows the app-user to access a map-view of the game and aid the player during combat.