In a livestream, Ubisoft has announced a sequel to its 2016 game, The Division, aptly titled The Division 2.
From what we know so far, The Division 2 will be developed by Massive Entertainment, the studio that developed the first game. It has been confirmed that it will be possible to transfer some progress made in the original game to The Division 2, although what this means in practice remains to be seen.
Ubisoft has also announced that this does not mean that support for the original game is ending. Although initial reception to The Division was mixed in 2016, Ubisoft have made sure to frequently update the game and make improvements. Future patches for The Division include 4K support for the Xbox One X in April and the addition of Shields in June, which will be special achievements that can be used to unlock rewards in the upcoming sequel.
The full announcement can be seen here, with Julian Gerighty, Creative Director for Massive Entertainment, stating:
“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. Part of that means recognizing your commitment to The Division.
Other details of The Division 2, such as release date or how exactly it will link into The Division, are yet to be announced, although Ubisoft have stated that a full reveal will be made at E3 2018. We will keep reporting on news about The Division 2 when they are announced.