While there's still no official release date, we now have a better idea of when Tom Clancy's The Division 2 is coming out for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. In a financial report released today, the French publisher Ubisoft revealed that the third-person shooter will release before April 2019 in order to be part of this fiscal year. It's poised to be one of their biggest upcoming releases alongside a new entry in their racing series, The Crew 2.
The Division originally released in March 2016 and proved to be a hit for the company. The multiplayer shooter was a connected experience similar to Destiny, and it drew praise for its loot system and portrayal of New York City. Since launch, developer Massive Entertainment has released several major updates and expansions that kept the player base returning back to the game over the past two years.
While it hasn't been shown yet, a sequel for The Division was quietly announced in March of this year. Creative Director Julian Gerighty revealed that the sequel "be powered by an updated version of the Snowdrop engine that enables us to realize our ambitions." He also said that the studio has learned from the past two years of support and are using that knowledge to make the best possible follow-up.
Seeing how the release of Tom Clancy's The Division 2 isn't that far off and no gameplay has been released, it's highly likely that E3 2018 will wind up being a gigantic coming out party for the game. Ubisoft is holding their yearly press conference on Monday, June 11, so expect to learn all about the second installment in Ubisoft's newest franchise at that time. Considering how much of a success the original was - at least, initially - the company is clearly banking on the sequel to be just as big a hit commercially and critically but with added content to keep players interested.
To better understand just how big of a deal the third-person shooter is for the company, it's best to take a look at its development. While Massive Entertainment is leading the game, they're also getting support from five separate studios (Ubisoft Reflections, Red Storm Entertainment, Ubisoft Annecy, Ubisoft Shanghai and Ubisoft Bucharest). That's an incredible amount of resources to put into a single title, and it shows a tremendous belief that the end product will wind up being a monstrous success.
Tom Clancy's The Division 2 is set to release before April 2019 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.