Ubisoft has revealed that The Division‘s second year of content will include two free expansions and a new loadout feature.
“The one-year anniversary is a celebration of everything we’ve done in the first year of the game’s release,” creative director Julian Gerighty said. “But we also want to turn ahead and look at Year 2 and how we’re going to support the game for everyone, for free.”
The first of the free Year 2 expansions will feature a new event system that “drives players to activities that feature modifiers, leaderboards, and unique vanity items.” Sadly, Ubisoft had little to say about the second free expansion, simply stating that it will be “more content-focused.”
Players can also look forward to a new loadout feature that will let players switch efficiently and quickly between their favorite gear combinations, and a new system that will keep track of a player’s feats.
Sadly, it doesn’t appear that players will get any new story missions in Year 2.
“Story missions are tricky, but that doesn’t mean we won’t have narrative content,” Gerighty explained. “We can’t really deliver story missions that will fit into the RPG aspects of the game in a simple way. So we’re not going to be doing the classic main mission type of thing, but narrative content is something that we are definitely looking at.”
It also looks like additional levels or new areas are unlikely, with Gerighty stating that the team is exploring its options, but “the focus for Year 2 remains on what they can deliver to the largest player base.”
“That means [Year 2 content] won’t be paid-for DLC. These won’t be paid expansions,” he added. “[This content will put a twist] on how people played the game before and reignite their engagement with the content. You may have already played in one style, but transforming that and then applying a competition filter is a very engaging way to deliver new experiences and new activities to the community.”
Gerighty concluded by once again confirming that the recently announced Avatar game will have no affect on The Division‘s development.
The Division is available now on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC.