It appears that Ubisoft and developer Massive Entertainment are upping the ante with the forthcoming sequel to The Division.
First announced at Ubisoft’s 2018 E3 conference, The Division 2 will feature highly challenging eight-player raids. Whereas its predecessor only featured smaller-scale “Incursions,” these raids will present some of the most challenging content in the sequel’s late game.
What’s more, these raids will be completely free-to-play, which must come as exciting news to fans frustrated by the previous game’s use of a paywall.
What little we know
Although details are slim, The Division 2 creative director Julian Gerighty and game director Mathias Karlson recently sat down with YouTuber Arekkz Gaming and explained that the new raids will be very similar to traditional MMO-style raids:
“We really built raids to have bespoke mechanics, bespoke boss fights, and trying to do more with what we have in the game: Specializations, RPG systems, our shooting systems, eight players – working with groups, splitting up groups. You can expect that social puzzling element.”Mathias Karlson, Game Director, Massive Entertainment
Karlson also hinted that raids will be incredibly difficult for players and teams to overcome. Furthermore, Gerighty made it clear that raids would not be added in until after the game’s release to give players time to adequately prepare for the challenge. Finally, the pair indicated that there will be multiple raids, though no exact number was given.
Of course, Ubisoft announced at E3 that there will be three batches of post-launch content, which may provide some indication as to how many raids players can expect.
Presumably, fans excited for The Division 2 will have to wait until closer to the game’s March 15 release to learn more about the game, raids and all. In the meantime, what are all your thoughts on the upcoming sequel? Are you excited to check out these raids whenever they drop? Let us know!