There are various articles online that state
Tom Clancy's The Division is a
The Official Site includes the following:
Today, The Division Beta ended and we’re proud to share that more than 6.4 million of you explored the pandemic-stricken streets of New York City, making it the biggest beta ever for a new game brand on current generation platforms.
Various other articles repeat the news by using
IP rather than
game brand. VG24/7 reports the news with the opening line:
Players made The Division’s open beta the biggest beta of a new IP on new consoles.
Gamespot has an article that includes this observation:
The Division is technically a new IP, though it carries the familiar Tom Clancy name.
This is repeated in more detail on Geek:
All of this is rather impressive for a new IP. However, it should be noted that though The Division is technically a new IP, it is still under the umbrella of the Tom Clancy name. Whether or not this contributed to the beta’s popularity is unknown, but it is worth mentioning regardless.
My conclusion from this game alone is that although the new game shares elements of the IP from previous Tom Clancy games (including the name, game engine and other elements), it is considered a new IP because it has a new story unrelated to other games.
However, if you apply this to other games you don't get the same conclusion. Take the
Far Cry game series also from the same publishers. Almost every single game has a completely unrelated story (even more so with
Far Cry Primal).
What makes a game