When Ubisoft initially showed us Tom Clancy’s The Division back in 2013, companion apps were all the rage. Everyone was doing it. The Division stood out by having a relatively functional one that let another player interact with the game from a drone’s perspective, doing things like buffing allies.
Developer Massive Entertainment told IGN, however, that the app has been dropped because it “created an imbalance” in gameplay.
The more likely story – and this is pure speculation, as the developer hasn’t hinted anything this effect – is that some more real factors played into this. The game was introduced when second screen apps were interesting, and they’ve since gone all but extinct, with only things like Microsoft’s Smart Glass app for Xbox One having any life left in it. Players were cautiously optimistic about such things and are, at this point, actively hostile to them. Additionally, the game has been in development for a very long time, and dropping the companion app was likely a cost-cutting and development-streamlining measure required to prevent any further unnecessary delays.
Whether it was a matter of gameplay or reality, the companion app is gone, and very likely for the better.
The Division is set to release on PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One on March 8, 2016.