Ubisoft has announced that it’s post-apocalyptic loot-driven RPG multiplayer shooter (what a mouth full), The Division, would be getting a sequel in the form of, what else, The Division 2.
With the Division being one of Ubisoft’s most popular new franchises, it’s no surprise that The Division 2 is currently being developed. The original game released back in 2016 and saw players exploring a desolate and post-apocalyptic version of New York City as they scrounged for loot and tried not to die in the process.
The sequel is once again being primarily developed by studio Massive Entertainment which Ubisoft acquired a few years ago, and who worked on the original. Julian Gerighty, the studio’s creative director, stated in the announcement post that the studio had always seen the first game as only the beginning of the franchise.
“We’ve always envisioned the story in the game we launched in 2016 as the beginning chapter in a larger saga, and today we’re excited to share more info about what’s next for The Division universe.”
Ubisoft revealed that the game will be powered by an updated version of the Snowdrop engine, which was used to power the previous game. Gerighty also admitted that the studio had learned a lot form the first game and will be implementing all the lessons learned when developing the sequel.
“We’re also taking everything we learned over the past two years and applying it towards the sequel to make sure we get it right.”
While the first game was received quite well, there were quite a few issues that bugged players. Of course, thanks to continued support and updates from Ubisoft the game quickly evolved into one of the best multiplayer shooters currently out there. With this in mind, Ubisoft has also stated that although the sequel is in the works there will still be continued support for the original game, with new global events being announced as part of the game’s future updates.
It’s great to see Ubisoft investing in their new and original properties. It’s even better that they seemed to have learned a lot from the reception of the first game. If they can successfully implement some of the improvements they made to the first game over the past few years but still keep the aspects that everyone loves intact (such as the awesome loot) then Ubisoft might have yet another winner with The Division 2.