On a recent earnings call, Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot and CFO Alain Martinez discussed The Division 2 and how they see the sequel expanding on the promise of the first game.
One of the biggest issues that Ubisoft noticed with the first Division was that players chewed through the game’s content and didn’t have much to do afterwards, leading to a massive player exodus.
Martinez specifically referenced the lack of content and variety available at The Division‘s end-game as a failing of the first game and said that “we’ve got it now” with The Division 2, adding that Ubisoft now has “the right tools to deliver a much better game.”
Guillemot echoed this sentiment during the call, promising that The Division 2 will offer players more to do at launch. Guillemot stated that Ubisoft has “been working with the teams to bring a lot of content at launch and to be ready to continue to supply content a lot during the years that follow the launch.”
The first Division finally seemed to add a bit of variety and extra content with update 1.8, which added a new PvP mode called Skirmish, a new horde mode called Resistance, and a bunch of new weapons. Further expanding on modes outside of the game’s main cooperative game loop and competitive Dark Zone at launch would definitely give players a better reason to stick around longer the second time out.
Another mode that could add some longevity to The Division 2 is battle royale. There were reports that developer Massive Entertainment was working on a separate battle royale game for Ubisoft. Even before that, a survey hinted that The Division was looking into adding a “last man standing” mode back in January 2017. Following the explosive popularity of Fortnite and PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, we’re fully expecting more unrelated games (like Call of Duty: Black Ops 4) to introduce battle royale modes, and The Division 2 seems more qualified than most to host one.
We’re hoping to find out specifically what Ubisoft and Massive Entertainment have in store for The Division 2 when it fully reveals the game at E3 2018 in a few short weeks.