Developer Teases a Sequel for The Division
Tom Clancy’s The Division as it exists now is an entirely different beast from its original launch in March 2016. The first year of play was admittedly rough, as significant updates were few and far between. However, things have taken a turn for the better; the recent 1.8 update offers players free content in the form of new game modes, such as Skirmish–PvE horde mode and Resistance–4v4 team deathmatch. Along with continuously adding to the games as service title’s growth, it seems developer Massive Entertainment is looking to take The Division to new heights elsewhere, most likely in a sequel.
As reported by PC Gamer, the studio’s managing director, David Polfeldt, spoke with IGN about The Division’s future: “I think it’s a wonderful, wonderful brand that has so many potential stories in it,” Polfeldt noted. “There are a lot of things that we didn’t do in The Division 1 that are interesting to look at for that brand.”
Polfeldt’s specifically identifying the game as “The Division 1” is, of course, one hint at an impending sequel. Yet, of special interest is his following statement: “I definitely think there’s lots of space for continuation which is beyond just keeping The Division online. But… I can’t talk about that too much right now.”
Considering the success of other franchises with similar models (e.g., Destiny), a sequel is certainly a given. The Division’s premise could allow this particular series to evolve in a manner its games as service brethren cannot. Will a follow-up still be set in New York? Will the effects of the “Dollar Flu” virus be narratively explored more intricately? The Division is lacking in story-specific content, after all. Tell us your thoughts and theories in the comments below.