Ubisoft on Thursday officially announced a sequel to The Division, a post-apocalyptic shooter released in 2016. Additionally, the studio has provided a roadmap for when to expect updates to the original game, including patches 1.8.1 and 1.8.2, the latter of which should arrive in June.
When The Division was first made available, the game was praised for its bleak storyline, engrossing gameplay and deep mechanics. But players also complained about imbalance issues and rampant cheating. Eventually, Ubisoft got back on track, releasing several updates that culminated in patch 1.8, which expanded the gameâ€™s scope with new modes and maps.
According to Julian Gerighty, creative director and Massive Entertainment, the journey over the past few years has led his team to become better prepared to tackle a sequel.
â€œWeâ€™re thrilled to announce that we are working on Tom Clancyâ€™s The Division 2, and that development will be led by Massive Entertainment in collaboration with Ubisoft Reflections, Red Storm Entertainment, Ubisoft Annecy, Ubisoft Shanghai and Ubisoft Bucharest,â€ Gerighty said.
The sequel will be powered by an updated version of the Snowdrop engine, Gerighty said, allowing the studios to build on what was introduced in the original. â€œBut more importantly, weâ€™re also taking everything we learned over the past two years and applying it towards the sequel to make sure we get it right.â€
With comments like that, Gerighty is already setting expectations very high for the sequel. No screenshots or artwork from the game was released, though Gerighty said fans will get their first look at The Division 2 at E3 this summer.