Ubisoft and Massive Announce The Division 2

The snow-covered loot shooter gets the sequel treatment.

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After a press release was unintentionally leaked online, Ubisoft has made it official: The Division 2 is in development. The press release was a letter from Julian Gerighty, Creative Director at Massive Entertainment, and while it was short on details about the sequel, it confirms that the development team is committed to releasing more content for the original game in the coming months. It was mentioned that the shooter sequel will be a massive (no pun intended) undertaking, with development help coming from Ubisoft Annecy, Redstorm, Reflections, Ubisoft Bucharest and Ubisoft Shanghai.

The Division 2 needing a very large team to complete should be no surprise to players of the first game. The post-Christmas New York City featured in The Division was inarguably the most densely packed and finely detailed environment ever seen in a video game, in addition to being enormous. Those hoping for any details on The Division 2 will have to wait, though. On it’s official twitter account, Ubisoft asked gamers to wait until E3 2018 for a full reveal:

In the meantime, players of The Division can look forward to more global events and the addition of new legendary difficulty missions, along with an Xbox One X update that will bring 4K functionality.

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    March 8, 2018 8:55 AM

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      March 8, 2018 9:26 AM

      Yeah, ok, cool. First game is solid now.

      I just hope they don't go the way of Destiny 2 and expect people to be OK with them cutting all the features they've added to the first game just so they can sell them as DLC once again.

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        March 8, 2018 10:36 AM

        I read their announcement on twitter, they specifically said they're taking all their lessons learned from the first game into the second one. I feel like that was a direct shot at Destiny 2 and I love it.

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          March 8, 2018 10:15 PM

          If there is one thing we've all learned to trust, it's PR from reps on Twitter.

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      March 8, 2018 9:50 AM

      I hope #2 looks at least as good as #1 when they first demo'd it at E3, and then crank it up a notch. Especially with the X1X's power now.

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      March 8, 2018 10:20 AM

      I really enjoyed the first one, and I didn't play the endgame at all. Playing it as a mostly single player game, it was great just to explore the environments of a near-future post apocalyptic New York City. I feel like I got my money's worth.

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      March 8, 2018 10:37 AM

      They learnt a lot from the first one and really turned it around.

      This will be good.

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        March 8, 2018 7:34 PM

        I really hope they learned to quell the cheating, duping, and exploiting that happened in the first game. "We don't see a problem with it."

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      March 8, 2018 3:37 PM

      Just now getting into the original and I love it. The graphics and atmosphere are top notch and the gunplay feels spot on. The bosses are definitely bullet-sponges, but a lot of the encounters are legitimately challenging solo and it's been a fun ride in the lower levels so far.

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      March 8, 2018 3:40 PM

      Hmm. I loved The Division, but I don't like the casual PvE wonderland they've turned it into now. I hope they do something great for Division 2.

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      March 8, 2018 4:21 PM

      The bullet-sponge looter genre really turns me off. Just seems repetitive to me. So, eh, I guess I'll back out of this thread now.

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        March 8, 2018 4:26 PM

        +30 dps smg

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        March 8, 2018 7:18 PM

        Careful this sentiment really pisses off those addicted to bullet sponge grind shooters

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      March 8, 2018 7:39 PM

      As long as they leave the Cleaners in the game with their explosive fuel tanks, I'll play it. Shooting those things and watching them panic and run around before exploding was one of the most satisfying things I've done in any game.

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      March 8, 2018 8:09 PM

      I already know how this is going to progress.

      Now that the game has been improved and patched to hell and back over the first 2 years. Theyve already were working on the sequel (duh) the entire time.

      So the sequel will start off pretty much at the point where the first game was patched at its current iteration.

      Youre going to get a continuation of the storyline in single player. Which was decent. The graphics/atmosphere will still be great.

      Problem will be the game will probably be broken with all the new shit added for the sequel. So will the crafting.

      But I'm such a dumbass I might get the game. Even though I got mega burnt on the original game

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      March 8, 2018 8:12 PM

      Wonder how this’ll go. Didn’t they basically can everyone who worked on the Division 1?

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      March 8, 2018 10:12 PM

      I stopped playing the open beta when two unprovoked black guys started shooting at me, as the game had already marked them as enemies with the red hud indicators. Even though I didn't do anything to them. The game expected me, playing as a white guy, to just... gun down these two black dudes in cold blood.

      Okay game, you're racist. And tone deaf. Uninstall.

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      March 8, 2018 10:24 PM

      I'd like to play a game in the Division world where I'm not an agent of military government shooting poor people. I liked what I played in Division 1, but the story and setting rubbed me the wrong way sometimes. New York looked awesome though.