The Division Turns 2, Reaches 20 Million Players Milestone

The popularity of the relatively new IP has only gone up since its initial launch. 


Video games grow up so fast these days. I remember when Tom Clancy's The Division was just a twinkle of a preview trailer at a Ubisoft E3 press conference. Now, in the two years since its launch, its grown to 20 million players worldwide. I played The Division at its initial launch and I've gone back to it a few times since then to see how it's changed. It seems like The Division has reached this major milestone through a steady commitment to improving and expanding content. No matter how it happened, congrats to the hardworking team that has kept players coming back for more this whole time.

To celebrate, players are getting an entire month of weekly Global Events throughout March as well as few other surprises. The community livestream team will also be ramping up their broadcasts and doing some special giveaways. 

The Division's Creative Director Julian Gerighty made the following statement in a press release from Ubisoft: “We are very proud of what we have achieved during these past two years. Listening and giving back to the community has always been our first objective and we would like to thank all The Division players for their valuable feedback and their support.” 

Players can find a full list of birthday events and giveaways planned for the month over on The Division's website. The Division is available on PS4, Xbox One and PC. 

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    March 1, 2018 7:00 PM

    Blake Morse posted a new article, The Division Turns 2, Reaches 20 Million Players Milestone

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      March 1, 2018 7:12 PM

      Game turned out to b pretty good.

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      March 1, 2018 7:20 PM

      Really glad to see they were able to save this game. Ubisoft has done a lot this last year to reinvigorate my interest in their games.

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        March 1, 2018 7:56 PM


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          March 1, 2018 8:01 PM

          Strongly agree. Too late. This game was like crack to me for a long time, over 2k hours played (according to Steam) and really enjoyed it and got my money's worth. Friends kept me around, but it got to a point where there was nothing left to do once min-maxed and no PvE challenge, and every one of us left.

          Totally pulling this out of my ass - but some of us suspected they moved the "A team" devs to start work on Division 2 a long time ago. /shrug

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            March 1, 2018 8:07 PM


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              March 1, 2018 11:02 PM

              Same here, oddly they are all European - several Germans, Russian, Netherlands, UK. Not sure if it was just more popular over there than here in the USA.

              You nailed my key gripes as well. No excuse for that hacking in the DZ or the botched crafting potential and wasted materials I farmed my ass off for.

              Still, I really enjoyed the setting and the weapons and gear sets were fun. Would buy TD2 at launch, had a blast, but wasted potential in the end. Rare I get so many hours of enjoyment from a game. I just love shooter/looters.

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      March 1, 2018 7:45 PM

      I guess I gave up too soon

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        March 1, 2018 8:03 PM

        It's fun, but you still have to enjoy the basic shooting mechanics of spongey enemies with numbers popping off of them as you shoot them. That turns a lot of people off.

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          March 1, 2018 9:33 PM


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            March 2, 2018 2:22 AM

            For me it's just repetitive and grindy in a way that is not appealing at all

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            March 2, 2018 6:18 AM

            Because instead of fighting some mystical beings or monsters you're just killing humans

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            March 2, 2018 9:11 AM

            RPGs, and MMOs in particular did that (and some people didn't like it). The Division mostly feels more like an FPS, and spongey enemies is a common complaint in shooters.

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      March 2, 2018 12:43 AM

      I was playing it recently, they really turned it around. Tons of content and actual interesting builds to customize out.

      Still love the world building in this game and story. Cleaners, the panic, snow storms, plague stricken Manhattan. Graphics are top notch.

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      March 2, 2018 1:10 AM

      I have over 2000 hours and over 2500 rogue kills. I really enjoyed my time with The Division. The Dark Zone was like crack for the first year. But I'm done with it 100% now.

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        March 2, 2018 6:33 AM

        have you played Escape from Tarkov?

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      March 2, 2018 1:26 AM

      Really good game. Too bad about the lack of endgame content at launch.

      I went back a few months ago, played for an hour, bought the season pass, played for a few weeks and had a good time again. Probably going to go back for more at some point.

      If there's a sequel coming, I hope they really work on making the open world more varied and lively. Loved the atmosphere, but there wasn't really much to the world.

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      March 2, 2018 10:02 AM

      Someone who is familiar with the game:

      What am I looking at having to buy to get a good solid taste? Is the base game enough right now or do I have to get the season pass? Will I be pvp stunted if I don't get the season pass?

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        March 2, 2018 10:58 AM

        I'd just start with the trial to see if you like the shooting and cover mechanics. Most enemies are pretty bullet spongey until you hit level 30 and start grinding out gear to improve your light gear score.

        I don't play pvp but dark zone seems to be more about farming materials than fighting other people at this point and survival (mini-BR) and last stand are tied to expansions. I don't know what player numbers are like but the one game of last stand I played to stop the npc barks consisted of getting yelled at about not knowing what I was doing (which was true).

        I restarted on PC recently because it was cheaper to buy everything during the steam sale than the season pass was on PS4.

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