The Division was released exactly a year ago yesterday, and Ubisoft has revealed their plans for the next year, to keep those loyal fans still playing the game entertained. Julian Gerighty, Creative Director at Massive Entertainment, announced how the developer will support the game for free in Year 2.
The Division will get two expansions this year, firstly. The first expansion will be based on an event system that drives players to activities that feature modifiers, leaderboards, and unique vanity items that will only be available through these activities.
In addition, Gerighty says the team has plans to include a loadout feature that will let players switch efficiently and quickly between their favorite gear combinations, as well as a system to mark a player's feats. "[It] will reward players for different activities - long-term activities, short-term activities, and medium-term activities within the game," Gerighty adds. "Basically, our Division achievements, if you will."
The second expansion is still far enough away that the team doesn't want to comment on it, and while Gerighty stresses that it will be "more content-focused," new story missions won't necessarily be a part of the package.
"Story missions are tricky, but that doesn't mean we won't have narrative content," he says. "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."
Last week it was announced that Massive Entertainment is also developing an Avatar game. Gerighty says The Division expansions won't affect it: "Massive is growing incredibly fast, and the announcement for Avatar is new for everybody, but it's not news for us. This is something that's been in the works for a while. The studio here is already much bigger than it was at the time of the release of The Division."
Has The Division got stronger since its release this time last year?