The Division is celebrating its two-year anniversary and Ubisoft unveiled quite the surprise to mark the occasion. Development on The Division 2 has begun with Massive Entertainment back at the helm. In addition, the sequel will get a full-fledged reveal at this year’s E3.
In a blog post on Ubisoft’s website, Massive’s creative director, Julian Gerighty, teased how the process is coming along:
“We’re thrilled to announce that we are working on Tom Clancy’s The Division 2, and that development will be led by Massive Entertainment in collaboration with Ubisoft Reflections, Red Storm Entertainment, Ubisoft Annecy, Ubisoft Shanghai and Ubisoft Bucharest. The Division 2 will be powered by an updated version of the Snowdrop engine that enables us to realize our ambitions for the sequel, but more importantly, we’re also taking everything we learned over the past two years and applying it towards the sequel to make sure we get it right.”
Interestingly, this doesn’t spell doom for the franchise’s original online offering. In fact, the team at Massive plans to continue supporting The Division. These impending updates include new achievements, “Shields,” which will allow players to unlock “special rewards” for The Division 2. This particular update goes live in June.
The Division had a rocky start out the gate. However, after several content updates, the game couldn’t look more different from its first few months on the market. With this energy and all Massive’s learned, The Division 2 may attract a larger audience, while concurrently pleasing those who have stuck with the Tom Clancy entry for the long haul.