Ubisoft Announces Development of The Division 2 Will Be Shown at E3
Yesterday, Ubisoft revealed on their Twitter that a live stream would be taking place today covering The Division, though details were vaguely left at that. While many assumed the stream would probably just go over new details for the first game, the gaming community got a nice surprise today when Ubisoft confirmed that The Division 2 is now under development. Considering how well the first game sold, as well as past comments from Massive Entertainment's Managing Director, fans have been speculating about a sequel for some time, and now it's finally a reality.
The sequel was confirmed both via live stream from the words of Julian Gerighty, the game's creative director and through a more formal post by him on Ubisoft's news site. Gerighty states, "There are so many stories and so many experiences we want to explore within The Division that we really thought a sequel was the best way to investigate these things." Him and the team are committed to getting things right this second go-around. What those new experiences might entail is anyone's guess.
While details about The Division 2 are pretty scarce as of right now, we do have a few things of note, including the logo! First and foremost are the multiple teams behind the project. Massive Entertainment will again be leading the development, with assistance and collaboration from Ubisoft Reflections, Ubisoft Shanghai, Ubisoft Annecy, Ubisoft Bucharest, and Red Storm Entertainment, a similar grouping to the previous installment. The game will also be built on an updated version of the Snowdrop engine, which is what the original game was made on. According to Gerighty, The Division 2 will be shown at E3 this year, so remaining details about it will likely be in the dark until that time comes.
The original Division wasn't left out of the spotlight, however! The game will be getting two final updates over the coming months, and a long-awaited Xbox One X patch for those who want to play the game in 4K. The first update, 1.8.1, will roll out as soon as this April and features a Legendary difficulty makeover of the Amherst and Grand Central missions. The last update, 1.8.2, will feature similar difficulty-reworked missions, but also has the notable addition of shield challenges, which apparently can unlock content in The Division 2 when it eventually releases. This update will release this June, coincidentally around the time E3 takes place, making it a perfect segue into the sequel's unveiling.
So, Division fans have a lot to look forward to from now to June! While the actual release date of The Division 2 isn't known, the new content being added to The Division (and its incorporation into the sequel) should hold fans over until then. It's good knowing we'll have a lot more info on it soon though, especially with how quick time goes. We'll all have our eyes eagerly trained on the footage when it's unveiled in three months at E3 2018.