Tom Clancy’s The Division was one of the biggest launches in all of 2016. Ubisoft’s new IP garnered a massive audience and an incredibly passionate community of players. The game continues to see new content and updates from Ubisoft, and the future looks bright for the brand.
Expectations within Ubisoft were high before the game launched in March 2016. The Division had plenty of momentum heading into launch and it stole the hearts of players all over. While there were elements of the experience that needed improvements, the core game was one you could return months after launch.
The future of The Division is unknown, at least publicly it is. Ubisoft will likely create another iteration in the brand sometime during the next few years. However, to reflect on what happened and what has yet to happen, Ubisoft Massive’s managing director David Polfeldt provided some insights.
“It’s a huge brand. It’s a monster brand. To be honest, it became way bigger and it was more successful than we had hoped for. We had very high ambitions, but in the end, The Division is one of the most successful launches in the entire gaming industry of 2016. That gives us an incredible platform to look at what can we do with that? What can we learn from that? How do we bring it to the next level? What do we do that is live? What do we do that is in the shadows before we show it?” Polfeldt told GR.
Massive is not only working on The Division, but also a new Avatar game. The studio is expanding its team and will move into a new building soon. I expect news to come of both the Avatar game and a new Division iteration, but not until sometime during 2018. It is still very early for both projects, assuming The Division gets a sequel.
So what will a new game look like for The Division? What features will be added and which ones will be tweaked or even removed? Ubisoft Massive will have some serious questions to answer when looking at a new installment. They likely have time on their side and have a wonderful foundation to work from.
“For us, it has been an opportunity to stop and look at, what do you do when you have a chance like that? It’s not often in the gaming industry that you have an opportunity as a developer to be in charge of a brand that has such a big potential,” Polfeldt said.
Tom Clancy’s The Division is currently available for PS4, Xbox One and PC. The game is receiving new content updates and that will continue throughout 2017. Ubisoft will have a major E3 ahead of themselves where they’ll likely showcase the new Assassin’s Creed, Far Cry, South Park: The Fractured But Whole, and more. Stick around here at We Write Things for more on The Division.