The Division 2 is currently in the works at Massive Entertainment, more to come at E3 2018

By Stephany Nunneley
8 March 2018 15:52 GMT

The Division 2 is in the works at Massive Entertainment.

Tom Clancy’s The Division 2 is in development at Massive Entertainment.

The latest title in the franchise was announced in a press release which was leaked online a bit earlier than Ubisoft planned. The Division 2 wasn’t schedule to be announced until 11:10am EST, but there ya go.

Ubisoft Annecy, Redstorm, Reflections, Ubisoft Bucharest and Ubisoft Shanghai are also working on the title in a collaborative effort with Massive Entertainment.

The Division 2 will be based on an updated version of the Snowdrop Engine that will “help realize” the studio’s  “ambitions for this title”.

“But that is not all,” states the press release. “The Division continues. After the celebrations of our 2 year anniversary, we will support the game with two more title updates.

“These will be two, brand new Global Events which include more Legendary difficulty missions and an Xbox One X update that will rediscover the beautiful and emblematic New York City with all its stunning details in both 4K and 1080p.”

In addition, as of June 2018, players will also be able to play ‘Crests’, which are specific achievements that will allow them to unlock The Division 2 rewards.

Massive is currently hosting a State of the Game stream on Twitch, and the studio mentioned it was working on the sequel.

“It wasn’t an easy decision to make a sequel,  but there were so many stories to explore and we felt a sequel was the best way to investigate [with The Division 2],” said Massive on the stream.

The new version of the Snowdrop Engine, said Massive, will also allow help the team accomplish its vision for the sequel. It was said a “small team starting discussing the main concept” of the sequel right around the launch of The Division.

Massive said not to expect any new information on the title until E3 2018.

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The Division is currently celebrating its second anniversary, and recently hit the 20 million players mark worldwide.

Massive is also hosting Global Event weekends as part of the game’s anniversary during March. Assault is the current event running through March 12.  Come the 15th, Strike will kick off and will be followed by Ambush on March 22.

The Division 2 is just one of the upcoming triple-A titles Ubisoft has in the works, set to release between now and the end of fiscal year 2020.

Ubisoft said in May 2017 during its year-end call to investors it had four triple-A titles in the works. One is a brand new IP.

Due to a busy FY2018 release slate, one of the four major releases planned for FY 2019, which runs April 1 2018 through March 31 2019, had been moved to fiscal year 2019-20.

It should be noted Ubisoft said at the time three of those triple-A titles were established franchises. Now we know The Division 2 was one of the three.

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