Tom Clancy’s The Division is now over a year old, and its first full year of DLC content has come to a close. Gamers saw content releases like Last Stand, Underground and Survival. Ubisoft is aware of player wishes for more content, and they are feeding that appetite with a second year of DLC.
While you might have expected season two to be a paid season pass like the first year, that isn’t the case. Ubisoft is confirming that the second year of The Division‘s DLC content will indeed be free. Two separate expansions are going to launch sometime this year.
While the first expansion doesn’t have a name, it’s going to focus on an “event system that drives players to activities that feature modifiers, leaderboards” and vanity items. The items will only be available through these activities, giving gamers incentive to commit to them.
Ubisoft is also planning a “loadout feature” that allows gamers to change gear combinations quickly. A system to mark a player’s feats is also in the works. Julian Gerighty, who is the creative director at Massive Entertainment, spoke about the upcoming features.
“[It] will reward players for different activities – long-term activities, short-term activities, and medium-term activities within the game. Basically, our Division achievements, if you will,” Gerighty said.
Ubisoft isn’t spilling any details as far as the second expansion goes. Gerighty said the expansion will be “content-focused,” but new story missions aren’t guaranteed. He talked about why story missions may be more difficult to bring into a second expansion release.
“Story missions are tricky, but that doesn’t mean we won’t have narrative content. 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,” Gerighty said.
In regards to new content, Ubisoft is focusing on what they can deliver to the largest player base. They are still unsure if they will raise the level cap or expand the in-game map. Developers are hoping the upcoming free content will re-engage players.
You may have recently heard that Massive Entertainment is working on a new AAA Avatar game. Gerighty reassured gamers that work on The Division or the new Avatar game won’t interfere with each other.
“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. The second thing: it’s not just Massive behind The Division.
“This is an alliance of different studios – Massive in Sweden, Ubisoft Annecy in France, Reflections in Newcastle, and of course, Red Storm in North Carolina. There’s a huge amount – hundreds of dedicated developers – working on Year One and Year Two [Division content],” Gerighty said.
Ubisoft’s upcoming slate of games is currently unknown, save for South Park: The Fractured But Whole. E3 2017 is rapidly approaching and the publisher will likely be revealing much more about its upcoming slate of games. Stick around here at We Write Things for more on Ubisoft.
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