Julian Gerighty, Creative Director for Massive Entertainment, today announced that work has begun on Tom Clancy’s The Division 2 via a blog post on Ubisoft’s website.
In the blog post Gerighty begins by saying how big this year has been for Massive Entertainment. He says that when the developer launched The Division they knew they had something special, but also that they couldn’t succeed without the community that’s built up around it over the last two years.
Massive Entertainment have been working over the course of the game’s release to provide updates that the community want, as well as provide meaningful ways for payers to interact with them and the game world. The most recent update, 1.1.8, Gerighty says is a testament to the community the game now plays host to and their support and feedback to Massive Entertainment.
He goes on to confirm that The Division will be supported by Massive Entertainment for the foreseeable future in terms of content updates as well as global events. Whether or not this includes the addition of new game modes or future DLC is unclear, but with the updates Ubisoft is giving to Rainbow Six: Siege it could be on the cards.
Gerighty then goes on to announce that work has begun on The Division 2, the continuation and expansion of The Division universe. Development on The Division 2 will be led by Massive Entertainment, but in conjunction with Red Storm Entertainment, Ubisoft Reflections, Ubisoft Shanghai, Ubisoft Annecy, and Ubisoft Bucharest.
The Division 2 will be the sequel The Division deserves, with an updated version of the Snowdrop engine driving it, as well as the knowledge the developers now have based on the last two years of supporting and working with The Division’s community of players.
As a way of recognising the commitment fans have had for The Division, a new type of achievement, ‘Shields’. Any player who unlocks this achievement will earn special rewards in The Division 2 at launch, though when that will be hasn’t been confirmed. What Gerighty does confirm is that they will be bringing The Division 2 to E3 2018, which could mean early gameplay with the possible announcement of a beta over the course of the year.