The document briefly describes Tom Clancy’s The Division 2: Warlords of New York — Animated Short (3:39; 2020) promotional video di Tom Clancy’s: The Division 2: Warlords of New York (Massive/Ubisoft, 2020). The research considers the product and its materials by studying the creative choices, the informative properties, the modalities of visual representation and promotion.
Conceived as an animated short film, Tom Clancy’s The Division 2: Warlords of New York — Animated Short (3:39; 2020) is a complementary story to Tom Clancy’s: The Division 2 and testifies to the birth of the criminal alliance between government agent Aaron Keener  and four mutineers (Theo, James, Kajika, Vivian), determined to form a terrorist group with the aim of eliminating the Division and obtaining total control over the city.
“We were their best Agents. The First Wave. When things turned ugly, they abandoned us. I had to do something. I had to take control.”—Aaron Keener
1.1. Narrative summary
The narrative includes 5 main moments:
Manhattan, New York. The exterior of the Wall Street building, home to the Stock Exchange, where a gunfight between JTF government agents and a group of rebels is taking place, is recognizable.
- Characters + action
A defector agent, Aaron Keener is coordinating the attack on Wall Street with Theo’s IT support, while Dragov, on the street with other armed rebels, conquers the stock exchange by eliminating JTF troops.
- Chemical threat
Dragov gives Keener a case for the transport of bacteriological substances.
- Criminal alliance
After Theo and Dragov, Keener meets Kajika and Vivian to convince them to fight together against the Division.
Managed to conquer the areas of Wall Street (Dragov) and Two Bridges (Vivian), Keener escapes with the pathogen shortly before the Division agents raid (coordinated by Agent Kelso and Lau).
1.2. Main communicative properties
- It explores a time interval parallel to Tom Clancy’s: The Division 2 (set in Washington) and prior to Warlords of New York, stimulating the user to imagine a hypothetical chronology of interconnected events between the short film, other promotional materials and the video game.
- It presents the primary psychological profiles of the antagonists by expanding the main narrative through their biographical background: Theo (personal betrayal and death of the father); Dragov (alleged family death); Kajika (treason and / or torture); Vivian (government irresponsibility during the pandemic) emphasizing the existential mission: stop Keener.
- It intrigues an extended audience by expanding the stylistic dimension of intellectual property through the experimentation of an unprecedented representation style in animated style.
- Coordinated with Warlords of New York — Cinematic Trailer (Blur, 2020), it testifies to another example of immersive promotional strategies.
- It shows Ubisoft’s corporate initiative to experiment with innovative promotional ideas and increase sector competitiveness by interacting with related media products in a transmedia perspective.
1.3. Dialogue transcription
We were their best Agents. The First Wave. When things turned ugly, they abandoned us. I had to do something. I had to take control. I know you will help. You will lend me your skills and in return I will give you the answers you seek and deserve. The Division betrayed you, Theo, just like when they had your father killed.
The system is corrupt to its core, man. If we don’t do anything about it, it will never end. We must take down The Division.
Don’t worry, we’ll get them. We’ll get the truth out.
Keener, we’re in! Stock Exchange is secured! Needs a bit of a clean-up here, but it’s not too shabby. I think my Rikers and I could call this place home.
I’m sure you’ll make it work. I know family is everything to you, now more than ever. But don’t forget your end of the bargain, Dragov.
Dude, we’ll get you what you need, and we’ll keep Theo safe.
Good. I knew you and I would get along.
Hey, where you going?
Finish what you’ve started, I need to catch a shadow.
Give me one reason not to kill you.
You don’t wanna kill me. We’re the same, Kajika, we were both betrayed by The Division, left to die, like dogs. Except we don’t die easily, do we?
What do you want, Keener?
I know who you’re looking for. I will bring you everyone who betrayed you, and you can do what you want to them.
Are you serious, Keener?
This was never going to be solved by The Division. They didn’t have the guts to do what was necessary, and we were the ones who paid the price. The Cleaners though? They had the right idea all along.
You’re right Vivian, and with you leading them, they are more powerful than ever.
I will do what needs to be done. And I will see this to the very end.
Agent Lau, we’re closing in on Keener. Ready to breach.
Flash out! Go, go!
Agents, did you get him?
No, he’s gone Faye.
We need backup. Command, patch me through D.C.
1.4. Visual development
 The character is Aaron Keener, a government agent mutinied in Tom Clancy’s: The Division, responsible for stealing the original pathogen from Gordon Amherst, originally engineered to cause the pandemic on Black Friday. Guilty of treason, Keener now has a new deadly virus used to carry out attacks in New York with the aim of destabilizing government action and gaining total control.
 In Tom Clancy’s The Division 2: Warlords of New York — Cinematic Trailer (Blur, 2020), an agent from the Division explores the Wall Street location to investigate a bioterrorist attack, clashing with Keener and his accomplices.
 Agents Faye Lau and Kelso are featured in the video game.
 The scenes of violence imagined by Kajika represent the punishments foreseen for his traitors. Perhaps, the first scene depicting a man tied to a chair with obvious signs of violence on his face may represent the violence suffered by Kajika.
 The revealed visual information allows the recognition of the criminals. Keener’s accomplices are disclosed in the Tom Clancy’s The Division 2: Warlords of New York video game. Javier Kajika (tactical operations expert); Theo Parnell (security expert, computer scientist, drone control, conspiracy theorist); James Dragov (heavy weapon expert, chief of the “Rikers”); Vivian Conley (explosives expert, head of the “Cleaners”).
 In collaboration with Dark Comics, Ubisoft and Massive have created Tom Clancy’s The Division: Extremis Malis, a series of comics dedicated to the world of The Division.
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