Leave The Division's Poor Dog Alone

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If you’re playing The Division’s beta this weekend, you may come across this dog. The dog can die, if you happen to shoot it. So...maybe don’t?

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Unless you want to see a sad dog death, I guess! Kotaku’s Stephen Totilo (and Eurogamer) have verified that, indeed, the dog is mortal and can be slain by heartless monsters with no regard for what is pure and good in this world. When I reached out to Kotaku as to how, exactly, they vetted this information, the esteemed snack website simply said, “No comment.”

Also killable: crows and rats.

Illustration for article titled Leave iThe Divisions/i Poor Dog Alone

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If it were up to me, all fairly open world games would allow any living thing to be killed... whether it’s a child, a dog, or a bug. Sure, some people will just be dicks and kill everything, but as someone who doesn’t enjoy killing innocent things, I like the idea of having to worry about collateral damage in battles. If I saw a dog or a kid near enemies that I knew could die, it would absolutely play into my tactics for the fight. Not enough games allow for collateral damage to bystanders because they worry about offending people. It may not be fun to see an innocent soul get destroyed, but if anything, it highlights the danger of guns and violence in a real way!