Today, Ubisoft announced a surprise sequel to its online shooter 2016 The Division. The sequel, called The Division 2, will once again be developed primarily by Swedish studio Massive Entertainment, which Ubisoft acquired in 2008. "We've always imagined the story in the game we launched in 2016 as the opening chapter of a larger saga, and today we are pleased to share more information about what comes next for the universe of The Division, "wrote mass creative director Julian Gerighty in the announcement.
Division 2 will be driven by an updated version of the Snowdrop game engine from Ubisoft, and Gerighty says that "we're also taking everything we've learned over the past two years and applying it to the sequel to make sure we do it right." There are not many other details about the game, but Ubisoft says it will offer more at E3 in June. There is no information on when the game will be released, nor on what platforms it will be available.
The original Division was launched in March 2016 and took place in a post-apocalyptic version of New York City that had been decimated by a pandemic. It was one of the company's first forays into the ever-online gaming world, something that has become an increasingly prominent trend following the success of games like Destiny, which also had a sequel last year, and proved It was largely a success, with Ubisoft claiming that The Division was its best-selling title a week after launch. An adaptation of the film is also in the works.