Ubisoft has announced that its highly-anticipated open world action role-playing game Tom Clancy’s The Division is coming to PC.

Ubisoft said the decision to bring the game to PC was in large part due to “the vocal and passionate PC community.”

“Since E3 we have been carefully listening to what has been said on the Internet,” said Ubisoft executive producer Fredrik Rundqvist. “I can’t stress enough how important it has been for us to feel your support, interest and commitment to the game. Your opinions matter to us. The positive energy you bring back to the team will help us create the best game possible.

“Massive Entertainment has its roots in PC development with titles like Ground Control and World in Conflict. You can be certain that we will provide you with a first-rate PC experience.”

The Division is set in New York three weeks after a lethal virus, released on what Americans call Black Friday (the day after Thanksgiving Day, which begins an annual orgy of Christmas shopping), has swept through the city.

Based loosely upon an actual scenario envisaged by the US government in a simulation called Operation Dark Winter, the virus rapidly spreads through the population, knocking out essential services and plunging society into chaos.

In response, the fictional "Presidential Directive 51" is invoked, activating a top-secret unit of "self-supporting tactical agents" called The Division. The agents are trained to operate independently of command in case of such a scenario.

In the game's persistent online open-world, players will be able to explore the city of New York – which has been decimated by looting and overrun by gangs of survivors, from Central Park to the subway to the Statue of Liberty.

Ubisoft intends to release more information about The Division later this week at Gamescom.