A few weeks ago Ubisoft sent around an email to a collection of players of The Division asking for their interest in a Meet The Developers type discussion in London. The meeting was to serve as a Q&A forum as to what they could improve/add to the game going forward. I was one such player who responded to the email and registered my interest in attending the event, never thinking I'd be selected but still being interested nonetheless. I really enjoyed The Division, if you're new to the blog I actually wrote about my experience with the game a few weeks back. It's not often I find a game that stays with me or one that I keep going back to, even after I have finished the main quest line...
...but I did with this game. I like the post apocalyptic setting and the open world was immersive and believable.
Imagine my surprise when, on the 8th of March, yesterday, Ubisoft announced that they were working on The Division 2! Surely this was just a coincidence? The pitch and discussion meeting was scheduled for March 1st, a week before the news of a sequel was even announced. Would they be so brazen to solicit fan feedback before any official announcement? I received a phone call on February 28th, the day before, saying I had been selected to attend and they just had to ask me a few questions to solidify my spot. The rub, at such short notice I was completely unable to book the day off of work and with the heavy snow fall travelling to London would have been particularly hazardous (so throwing a sickie was out of the question).
This news, and the knowledge that Ubisoft was actively looking for player feedback only a week before, leads me to believe I completely missed out on getting the inside track on The Division 2, a week before it was common knowledge, and I'm kicking myself. Naturally I'm super excited by the announcement regardless. I can't wait to jump back in to the world and I'm hoping my character, probably not his gear, carries over in some regard. This next bit is a little spoilery so please avoid it if you haven't finished the main campaign of The Division and still want to...
So, The Division ends with you having restored New York to some resemblance of sanity but the main bad guy, turncoat First Wave Division agent Aaron Keener, escapes with all the means to create another biological terror event. My theory for the setting of The Division 2 is that a new bio-weapon is released in a new location and you, as the Division agent with the most experience, are sent in to sort shit out. This will probably still be set in the USA as Keener would probably want to get even with the government who turned their back on him so expect another large iconic city...maybe Washington?
Game Director Mathias Karlson said “It’s an incredible opportunity to take all of that learning, all of that experience from what The Division is today and put it into a new game.” In the live-stream, Julian Gerighty (the creative director of Massive Entertainment who will be working on the game) stated that "It wasn’t an easy decision, but there are so many stories and so many experiences that we wanted to explore within the world of The Division that we felt a sequel was the best way to explore these things,” It has also been announced that The Division will be receiving two last updates where players can earn rewards in preparation for The Division 2 which might be a point in the character migration theory's favour. The original game also has a 2018 roadmap including new global events.
The game will be developed on the beautiful Snowdrop Engine that was the basis of the original game and will be headed by Massive Entertainment featuring collaboration with Ubisoft Annecy, Redstorm, Reflections, Ubisoft Bucharest and Ubisoft Shanghai. Gerighty has promised that more will be revealed at E3 on Tuesday the 12th of June. What are your theories for the setting of The Division 2 and what would you like to see added? Maybe you were one of the lucky SOBs who got to attend the player feedback meeting on March 1st; how was it? Comment below or tweet us @ghoulishent.