Tom Clancy's The Division 2

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Tom Clancy's The Division 2
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Developer(s)Massive Entertainment[a]
Publisher(s)Ubisoft
Director(s)Julian Gerighty
Mathias Karlson
Producer(s)Cristian Pana
Composer(s)Ola Strandh
SeriesTom Clancy's
EngineSnowdrop
Platform(s)
ReleaseMarch 15, 2019[b]
Genre(s)Action role-playing
Third person shooter
Mode(s)Multiplayer

Tom Clancy's The Division 2 is an online action role-playing video game developed by Massive Entertainment and published by Ubisoft. The sequel to Tom Clancy's The Division (2016), it is set in a near-future Washington, D.C. in the aftermath of a smallpox pandemic, and follows an agent of the Strategic Homeland Division as they try to rebuild the city. The game was released for Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on March 15, 2019. It received "generally favorable" reviews from critics, with most noting it as an improvement over the first installment.

Gameplay[edit]

Played from a third-person perspective, the game takes place in Washington D.C. seven months after its predecessor, in which a civil war between survivors and villainous bands of marauders breaks out.[1] In the game, players can cooperate with each other to complete objectives. The game will also feature raids, which can be completed by up to eight players.[2]

Synopsis[edit]

Seven months after the Green Poison outbreak, several Strategic Homeland Division (SHD) agents are defending a civilian settlement from a bandit attack when the SHD Network, the system controlling their advanced technology and communications, suddenly shuts down and they receive a Division distress call from Washington D.C. The player’s Agent makes their way to the city where the Division and the remains of the local Joint Task Force have set up their base of operations in the White House. After defeating an attack on the White House shortly after arriving in the city, the Agent is briefed on the general situation by Manny Ortega, the Division controller for D.C. The Agent learns that much of the country’s leadership is either dead or missing and that much of the city is under the control of three main enemy factions: the Hyenas, a loosly organized group of several gangs, criminals, and anarchists who seek to take advantage of the chaos, the Outcasts, a fanatical group made up of the survivors of the various quarantine zones around the city who seek to exact revenge on those they believe responsible for their imprisonment and eventual infection, and the True Sons, a highly organized and ruthless group of former Joint Task Force personal, paramilitaries, and other traitors and mutineers, led by former JTF officer Colonel Antwon Ridgeway, who seek to gain control over the entire capital. Ortega instructs the Agent to work with fellow Agent Alani Kelso to help assist civilian settlements, fight the various enemy groups, and restore the SHD network. Meanwhile, Ortega and Kelso uncover information that a cure to Green Poison might be located somewhere in the city, and that President Ellis may have survived the crash of Air Force One and is being held by one of the city's factions. Kelso is reluctant to waste time and resources to rescue Ellis, but Ortega points out that his security clearance may be needed to access the cure.

The Agent continues to work to liberate city districts and eventually manages to find and rescue Ellis from Hyena custody. Ellis confirms that a cure to not just Green Poison, but all viral infections, exists but he can only access it with a special briefcase he had with him on Air Force One. However, the briefcase is in the possession of the True Sons who are holding it in their main base at the United States Capitol. With the Capitol too fortified to assault yet, the Agent works to strengthen the Division's forces while continuing to weaken the other factions. Eventually, the Agent is able to restore the SHD Network, connecting all Division agents nationwide and Ellis promises to restore the United States no matter the cost. With the tide turning against them, the Hyenas, True Sons, and Outcasts retreat to their final strongholds.

With the help of civilian survivors and the JTF, the Agent assaults the strongholds and is able to eliminate the leadership of all of the factions while recovering Ellis' briefcase. However, as the Agent and the Division celebrate their victory, a new faction, the technologically advanced private security contractor Black Tusk, invades the city. Many of D.C.'s landmarks are quickly seized and Ellis goes missing, leaving the Agent to head out once again to repel the Black Tusk invasion.

Development[edit]

The game was developed by Massive Entertainment.[3] Evaluating the feedback from players regarding the first game, Massive Entertainment planned to include more game content at launch and improve the endgame.[4] The game's endgame development was prioritized by Massive Entertainment after hearing players' complaints from the first game.[5] The developers have said that the game's main campaign will take around 40 hours to beat, making it twice as long as the original game.[6]

The game was announced on March 9, 2018, by Ubisoft, with the first gameplay footage being premiered at the Electronic Entertainment Expo 2018 in June 2018.[7] At the Expo, Ubisoft confirmed that the game will be released on March 15, 2019 for Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.[8] A private beta was launched prior to the game's release. The beta started on February 7, 2019 and ended four days later on February 11.[9] After the game's release, three episodes of downloadable content, which add new story content and gameplay modes, will be released for all players for free.[10]

To set The Division 2 apart from the first game in the series, Massive Entertainment and Ubisoft spent part of the development process revamping the game's weapons based on player feedback. The development team also spent a great deal of time reworking the game's mod system, alongside class specializations.[11] In an interview, director Mathias Karlson said that the development team wanted "Washington to feel as realistic as possible," and that architectural accuracy, as well as realistic weapon sounds, played a large role in that. He said that the team hired and used a number of professional military advisors to help them recreate Washington D.C. and key sections of the game.[12]

Reception[edit]

Reception
Aggregate score
AggregatorScore
Metacritic(XONE) 74/100[13]
(PS4) 81/100[14]
(PC) 85/100[15]
Review scores
PublicationScore
Destructoid8.5/10[16]
Game Informer9/10[17]
GamesRadar+4.5/5 stars[19]
PC Gamer (US)82/100[18]

Tom Clancy's The Division 2 received "generally favorable reviews" from critics for the PS4 and PC and "mixed or average" reviews for the Xbox One, according to review aggregator Metacritic.

Destructoid praised the game for its tight, satisfying gameplay, summarizing its review with: "Impressive effort with a few noticeable problems holding it back. Won't astound everyone, but is worth your time and cash."[16] In its 9/10 review, Game Informer wrote that "Thrilling combat, a great loot loop, and a strong endgame elevate this Tom Clancy shooter to new heights."[17]

PC Gamer gave it a score of 82/100, calling it a "packed, rewarding, and frequently thrilling looter shooter that should have a bright future."[18] In its 4.5/5 review, GamesRadar+ wrote: "The Division 2 is a seriously accomplished looter shooter, with a gameplay loop that keeps on giving, and an endgame that will keep you playing for months (or years) to come."[19]

Retail sales[edit]

The Division 2 proved to be the U.K.'s best-selling game the week it was released, although its sales figures were only 20% of the original game's launch-week sales.[21]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Additional work by Red Storm Entertainment, Ubisoft Annecy, Ubisoft Bucharest, Ubisoft Reflections, Ubisoft Leamington, Ubisoft Shanghai and Ubisoft Sofia.
  2. ^ The Gold and Ultimate Editions was released on March 12, 2019, while the Standard Edition was released on March 15.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Grubb, Jeff (June 10, 2018). "The Division 2 takes players into a wet, hot American capital on March 15". VentureBeat. Retrieved June 12, 2018.
  2. ^ Summers, Nick (June 11, 2018). "'The Division 2' will have the raids 'Destiny 2' doesn't". Engadget. Retrieved June 12, 2018.
  3. ^ Nunneley, Stephany (March 8, 2018). "The Division 2 is currently in the works at Massive Entertainment, more to come at E3 2018". VG 247. Retrieved June 12, 2018.
  4. ^ Makuch, Eddie (May 18, 2018). "Ubisoft On How The Division 2 Will Be Better Than The Division 1". GameSpot. Retrieved June 12, 2018.
  5. ^ Schwartz, Terri (June 11, 2018). "E3 2018: The Division 2's Developer Says First Game's Post-launch Response Was A Nightmare". IGN. Retrieved June 12, 2018.
  6. ^ Parks, William (January 20, 2019). "The Division 2: How Long is the Campaign?". GameSkinny. Retrieved March 18, 2019.
  7. ^ Horti, Samuel (May 12, 2018). "The Division 2 will release within the next 12 months, Ubisoft confirms". PC Gamer. Retrieved June 12, 2018.
  8. ^ Nunnelly, Stephany (March 8, 2018). "The Division 2 is currently in the works at Massive Entertainment, more to come at E3 2018". VG247. Retrieved March 8, 2018.
  9. ^ Reynolds, Matthew (June 11, 2018). "The Division 2 beta sign ups, release date and everything else you should know". Eurogamer. Retrieved June 12, 2018.
  10. ^ Tamburro, Paul (June 11, 2018). "E3 2018: The Division 2 Raids and Free Year of DLC Revealed by Ubisoft". Game Revolution. Retrieved June 12, 2018.
  11. ^ Green, Ryan (October 1, 2018). "The Division 2 Is Overhauling its Weapons Thanks to Player Feedback". GameRevolution. Retrieved March 18, 2019.
  12. ^ Kratsch, Benjamin (March 15, 2019). "Olympus Has Fallen: How Ubisoft Made The Division 2's Washington Siege, Weapon Sounds Realistic". GameSkinny. Retrieved March 18, 2019.
  13. ^ "Tom Clancy's The Division 2 for Xbox One Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved March 19, 2019.
  14. ^ "Tom Clancy's The Division 2 for PlayStation 4 Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved March 20, 2019.
  15. ^ "Tom Clancy's The Division 2 for PC Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved March 20, 2019.
  16. ^ a b Carter, Chris (March 16, 2019). "Review: The Division 2 Not as divisive". Destructoid. Retrieved March 18, 2019.
  17. ^ a b Bertz, Matt (March 18, 2019). "The Division 2: A Live-Service Shooter Done Right". Game Informer. Retrieved March 19, 2019.
  18. ^ a b Roberts, Samuel (March 18, 2019). "THE DIVISION 2 REVIEW". PC Gamer. Retrieved March 19, 2019.
  19. ^ a b Loveridge, Sam (March 19, 2019). "THE DIVISION 2 REVIEW: "A PERFECT EXAMPLE OF HOW TO ABSOLUTELY NAIL A SEQUEL"". GamesRadar+. Retrieved March 20, 2019.
  20. ^ Schutt, John (March 20, 2019). "The Division 2 Review: The Best Looter Shooter in Years". GameSkinny. Retrieved March 21, 2019.
  21. ^ Broadwell, Joshua (March 18, 2019). "The Division 2 Tops UK Charts, But Sells Just 20% of Division 1's Initial Figures". GameSkinny. Retrieved March 18, 2019.

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