Given the strong success of The Division, a sequel was inevitable. Even though the game went through some rough patches, developer Massive Entertainment continued to refine the experience while adding new content to keep its fans busy. Today, a leaked press release revealed that Ubisoft plans to show The Division 2 at E3 this year.
“We are very pleased to announce that we are currently working on Tom Clancy’s The Division 2,” the press release says. “The development is led by Massive Entertainment and driven by close collaboration with Ubisoft Annecy, Redstorm, Reflections, Ubisoft Bucharest and Ubisoft Shanghai. The Division 2 will be based on an updated version of the Snowdrop Engine that will help us realize our ambitions for this title. More importantly, we can also invest all the experience we’ve accumulated over the past two years in this sequel to make sure everything is going well.”
The press release also revealed plans for extended support for the original game, including Xbox One enhancement to support 4K, two new global events, and more legendary difficulty missions. Ubisoft previously patched the PS4 version to support the increased hardware performance of the PS4 Pro.
Starting in June, players will be able to earn Crests in The Division that allow them to unlock The Division 2 rewards.
Making sequels to shared online worlds is easier said than done, as evidenced by Destiny 2’s rough first year. Walking away from all the content you already created for a universe is a tough call, and it could be one that Bungie wishes it could have back as disappointed fans lament the lack of meaningful things to do. Perhaps Massive Entertainment has a better proposition. We’ll find out soon.