Ubisoft’s The Division got here out again in early 2016. The sport wasn’t fairly what players had been anticipating when it initially made its debut at E3 years prior, but it surely nonetheless managed to promote tens of millions of copies and retain a number of engagement. So fairly naturally, lots of people have been left questioning, will The Division be getting a sequel?
Nicely, this is what Huge Leisure’s managing director, David Polfeldt, informed IGN…
I positively suppose there’s a lot of house for continuation which is past simply retaining The Division on-line. However…I am unable to speak about that an excessive amount of proper now.
Polfeldt defined that the staff anticipated the participant engagement to dwindle over the yr, however that did not occur in any respect. As an alternative, after each main patch, there is a resurgence of gamers who hop again into The Division to see what’s new and take a look at the brand new raids, weapons, gear, and managers. Unusually, this appears to be a recurring theme for Ubisoft’s enterprise practices, as evident with Rainbow Six: Siege, which continues to see robust numbers amongst gamers engaged within the PvP first-person shooter.
Nevertheless, as Polfeldt factors out, proper now Huge Leisure is just not speaking about The Division 2 is as a result of the staff could or could not have plans for the sequel however proper now the main focus is on a totally separate challenge that Ubisoft has Huge Leisure engaged on: a online game tie-in to James Cameron’s upcoming Avatar sequel(s).
Sure, big-budget film video games are nonetheless a factor, even when it is a uncommon factor that solely sometimes occurs every so often. Nevertheless, Ubisoft determined to accomplice again up with Cameron to make a brand new Avatar recreation.
Particulars on the movie-based title are skinny, however Ubisoft was given the reigns earlier than manner again when the unique film got here out again in 2009. The sport got here out again then for the Xbox 360, Wii and PS3, which had been the dominant dwelling consoles through the seventh gen. The sport was a third-person shooter, not in contrast to video games similar to Gears of War or The Division, however its generic template and uninspired gameplay made it a reasonably forgettable recreation. It is a bit shocking that Fox would reunite with Ubisoft for an additional title based mostly on Avatar, however perhaps it was as a result of the primary recreation was forgettable that the partnership is going on once more for the sequel.
Nevertheless, as soon as the movie-based recreation is out of the way in which, it is possible that Huge can get again to work on a Division sequel. The present recreation has obtained plenty of enlargement packs that extended the story mode, added new methods to get loot, and improved the general PvP fight. The sport did obtain some preliminary blowback when it launched because it was not fairly the way it had appeared within the E3 trailers main as much as its launch. The everyday complaints about downgrades — one thing that has plagued different Ubisoft titles similar to Watch Dogs and Rainbow Six: Siege — adopted the sport into its early months available on the market, but it surely nonetheless managed to carve out its personal market.
Ubisoft is perhaps ready to benefit from extra highly effective earlier than absolutely committing to a sequel for The Division, in any other case, the corporate would nonetheless run into the identical technical limitations that it encountered with the primary recreation.