One of Ubisoft’s most anticipated new titles is The Division 2, the sequel to the now very popular first game that launched back in 2016.
The current game has over 20 million registered players, a passionate community and is still being supported with updates and fresh content in the form of Global Events. While the fresh content won’t be coming for much longer, agents will have an entirely new world to save soon enough.
Here’s everything we know so far about The Division 2.
The Division 2 debuting at E3
One of the only things that is 100% confirmed (besides the name) is that The Division 2 will debut at E3 2018 as part of Ubisoft’s big showcase.
It’s here we’ll expect to get our first serious look at the game, its setting, its gameplay, prospective release date and no doubts an announcement trailer or two.
The Ubisoft event takes place on Monday, June 11 at 1 p.m. Pacific time, which is 4 p.m. on the east coast of the U.S. and 9 p.m. in the UK.
The Division 2 release date and pricing
While we don’t know yet exactly when to expect The Division 2, a recent earnings report did at least provide a glimpse at Ubisoft’s target.
The Division 2 is one of a number of AAA games that Ubisoft hopes to release in the current fiscal year, which means by the time April 2019 comes around we should be embarking on a new era in the Dark Zone.
It’s not much, but it gives hope that the game is well on its way to being finished.
As for pricing, you can expect to pay in the $60 range for a standard edition, a price which is pretty common for AAA releases. And you can expect it to be on Xbox One, PC, and PS4, and given the original’s recent update to be Xbox One X enhanced, it’d be hard to imagine the sequel won’t be as well.
If you’re really keen, Amazon is already taking pre-orders for The Division 2 in some countries, such as the UK.
The Division 2 and learning from the original
Ubisoft has learned much over the two-year journey with the first game and is taking steps to address some of the lesser aspects of it.
During the earnings call following the same earnings report that said we’ll see the game launch in the current Fiscal year, Ubisoft CEO, Yves Guillemot, made some comments regarding the in-game content.
“We were surprised a little bit by how fast people consumed content on (The Division). So we’ve been working with the teams to bring a lot of content at launch and to be ready to continue to supply content a lot during the years that follow the launch. We are working hard to make sure we have lots of content available so people can stay in the game for the long run.”
Lack of launch content was a big criticism of the first game, but it’s impossible to deny it got a lot better as time passed. Ubisoft is also getting exceptionally good at supporting its games in the long term, so we’d expect plenty of DLC and in-game events throughout the course of The Division 2’s life.
Something else Ubisoft has also confirmed it’s addressing is the “endgame.”
“Very clearly what we call the end-game part was something that (The Division) could have improved, and we believe that we’ve got it now.”
What’s next for The Division 2?
We’re not expecting to hear anything else officially until June 11 and Ubisoft’s E3 presentation. So mark your calendars now!