Update: Ubisoft has now officially confirmed that The Division 2 is in development. Here's the statement written by creative director Julian Gerighty and published on their site, but keep reading underneath for our own insights into what might be coming in the much anticipated and now officially in-development sequel.
What an incredible few years it's been for the team here at Massive! When we first began work on Tom Clancy's The Division, we knew we had something special and something we believed in so strongly that we wanted to make sure we got it right. We also knew we couldn't achieve that goal without your help.
Since the launch of The Division two years ago, we've remained focused on this philosophy. We continue to create more opportunities to interact directly with livestreams, ongoing surveys, and social media. We also introduced public test servers as a way of getting immediate feedback before integrating major features and changes into the game. We've never stopped wanting to make The Division better and our most recent 1.8 update is a testament to that, as seen from your overwhelming feedback and support.
All of these new features and experiences have made our team better, too. We're nimbler and better prepared to take action based on feedback. And now, more than ever before, we have a clear vision of what's important and what continues to make The Division a special experience for so many people. Following our Year 2 anniversary celebration, we're going to keep supporting that experience with new title updates that will bring new Global Events, Xbox One X enhancements, and more.
That said, we've always envisioned the story in the game we launched in 2016 as the beginning chapter in a larger saga, and today we're excited to share more info about what's next for The Division universe.
We're thrilled to announce that we are working on Tom Clancy's The Division 2, and that development will be led by Massive Entertainment in collaboration with Ubisoft Reflections, Red Storm Entertainment, Ubisoft Annecy, Ubisoft Shanghai and Ubisoft Bucharest. 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. With that in mind, we're adding a new type of achievement called "Shields" to the game. Earning them will unlock special rewards in The Division 2 when it launches.
On behalf of all the teams at Ubisoft, we thank you for the support you've given us over the past two years, and we hope that our continued work will earn that support for many years to come. We can't wait to show you what we have in store for The Division 2 at E3 2018 in June. See you then!
Original: Earlier this week, Ubisoft's Massive Entertainment studio shared a whole heap of job listings for something The Division related. Some thought that this was in preparation for a third year of more content and updates for the original, but it turns out that this isn't the case.
Our sources claim that the studio needs some extra hands because they're ramping up the development of The Division 2. We learned that the studio had started working on a sequel to the still very popular game last autumn, which we thought quite surprising. Ubisoft had made it very clear that they wanted to focus more on the "games as a service" model instead of cranking out sequels to everything a few months before, so this sounded strange to us.
The reason for this exception is apparently that Massive and Red Storm have some very big plans for the franchise and some of these plans are so significant that they could only be implemented in a full sequel. The new details we've heard mentioned include a new city, a bigger and more seamless Dark Zone experience, some tweaks to the weapons system that will make different weapons and modifications more unique, and a lot of quality of life changes that players have been asking for.
The Division 2 is apparently one of the two AAA games Ubisoft said would launch during the second half of this fiscal year (that would mean between October and the end of March) during their last earnings call, but two of our sources have heard rumblings of a delay after Rockstar announced Red Dead Redemption 2's October release. We've also been told that Ubisoft has been more willing to give developers more time with their games after the success of Assassin's Creed Origins, so things might change.
What would you like to see in The Division 2?
Update: Ubisoft got in touch with us regarding the information shared in our original article, with a company spokesperson writing that they "won't be making any further comment on the announcement."
Having said that, they did add that they'll be seeing us at E3, so we can expect to hear much more about The Division 2 then.