With The Division celebrating its one year anniversary today, Ubisoft has announced that Year 2 will see the release of two free expansions, and both of them are launching in 2017.
The first expansion (name TBA) “will be based on an event system that drives players to activities that feature modifiers, leaderboards, and unique vanity items that will only be available through these activities.”
Massive Entertainment Creative Director Julian Gerighty adds that the team also plans to include a loadout feature in the first expansion, allowing you to quickly switch between your favorite gear combinations, as well as a system to mark a player’s feats. “[It] will reward players for different activities – long-term activities, short-term activities, and medium-term activities within the game,” he adds. “Basically, our Division achievements, if you will.”
The second expansion is a ways off and details are scarce, but Gerighty says it will be more content-focused. However, this doesn’t mean Massive will deliver new story missions. “Story missions are tricky, but that doesn’t mean we won’t have narrative content,” he explains. “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 wouldn’t say if Year 2 will bring an increase to the level cap or an expansion of the map, just that the focus on Year 2 is what they can deliver to the largest player base. “[This content will put a twist] on how people played the game before and reignite their engagement with the content. You may have already played in one style, but transforming that and then applying a competition filter is a very engaging way to deliver new experiences and new activities to the community,” he adds.
To celebrate The Division’s one year anniversary, from March 9 to 16, Ubisoft is giving all active players 200 premium credits and a premium celebration emote. In addition, anyone who plays from March 9 to 11 will find a 2X multiplier on high-value target rewards, and on March 11, there will be a 2X multiplier on field proficiency caches.
[Source: Ubi Blog]