UPDATE: Ubisoft have officially confirmed the game via a livestream on Twitch. They didn’t add much to details we already knew from the leak, but it does appear that some progress from the first game will carry through to the sequel.
Original story below.
With the hype and long build up to The Division’s release, it’s no surprise that the game is getting a sequel. Ubisoft have announced that The Division 2 is under development at Massive Entertainment, who are heading up a huge collaborative effort with Ubisoft Annecy, Redstorm, Reflections, Ubisoft Bucharest and Ubisoft Shanghai.
Over 20 million people had played the game by the time it celebrated its second anniversary last week, but it had its fair share of growing pains. It struggled with player retention, the paid expansion packs failed to live up to expectations, and Massive grappled with finding the right balance for PvP and endgame progression. However, they’ve continued to work at the game and it is now generally regarded as being a well rounded experience thanks to the way Massive have adapted to the feedback of the community. The Division 2 will hopefully take all of that good work and build upon it, and it will be running on an enhanced version of the Snowdrop Engine.
We’ll have to wait until E3 in June this year to see the first glimpse of this game – or about a week before, if you assume that it’s going leak like almost every major E3 reveal – but while the bulk of the team is moving to the new game, work is continuing on the original.
Two more major updates are due this year, bringing two new Global Events, more Legendary difficulty missions and Xbox One X enhancements with 4K support. In June you’ll also be able to earn Crests which will unlock rewards in the sequel.