Tom Clancy’s The Division 2 is already setting records for publisher Ubisoft, and it hasn’t even launched a beta yet.
Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot recently revealed during an investor’s call that The Division 2‘s beta has more registrations in a shorter period of time than any other Ubisoft game. In fact, the sequel’s beta already has four times the amount of registrations in the same period as the previous record-holder, the first Division, despite the fact that the publisher has yet to announce a launch date for the beta.
While this might sound like a made-up metric designed to impress investors, it still shows that The Division 2 has drummed up interest in the die-hard fans of the first game as well as players like me who fell off after beating the initial campaign and quickly tired of the Dark Zone’s shenanigans.
This shouldn’t really come as a surprise. Despite its faults, the first Division was insanely popular, hitting a benchmark of over 20 million players, meaning it already has a built-in fan-base. The sequel, which fully debuted at E3 2018, garnered support from fans of the previous game for promising a plethora of endgame content and continued support, something that the first game struggled to provide its players until much later in the game’s life cycle. In fact, developer Massive Entertainment is promising players multiple 8-player raids—one of the game’s most exciting new features, at least based on the volume of cheers during Ubisoft’s E3 presentation—by the end of the game’s first year in the world.
Besides adding content, The Division 2 is also changing more about the core gameplay experience, including a new class system for agents, new gear sets called Brand Sets, and reworking of the mod system that will make min-maxing much easier and more intuitive for players. It also won’t punish players who simply prefer playing alone.
The Division 2 launches on March 15th for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.