The Division 2 won’t force you to group if you don’t wanna

    
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Boat? Boat.

With The Division 2 on the way for next year, fans of the series are trying to get a handle on just how much grouping they will be expected to do when it arrives. It turns out that the answer to that is, “As much or as little as you please, just give us your money.”

Ubisoft confirmed that it will be entirely possible to solo through the whole game: “You can play through the entire story campaign into endgame and [then the] endgame [content], alone… [But] you can also do the same content [in] two, three, or four player co-op. Or eight-player co-op, two full groups in the raid if you opt into the challenge that we’re adding. So it’s very important for us that you get to pick.”

We got an early look at The Division 2 last month at E3, including mentions of the franchise’s first-ever eight-player raids. Right now, players in the first Division can earn shields that will unlock rewards for the March 2019 sequel.

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koolthulu

I may have to give this one a try. I’m so tired of devs forcing grouping down my throat to do anything endgame. I don’t totally hate grouping, but sometimes I just want to log in, do my own thing for a while and leave without feeling like it’s pointless.

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flyingltj

To add perspective missing from this article, it’s worth noting that in Division 1 the relative difficulty of an area, mission, incursion, or what have you… is directly proportionate to the number of people in your party. If you run around solo, the difficulty and spawn rates are dialed down to a solo-able degree. The remarks from the Ubisoft in regards to the question they were posed suggest this same aspect, or something very similar, will be in D2.

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NeoWolf

You weren’t forced to group in the first one either to be fair.

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primal

i got a good 6 months out of the division before i was bored with it so it so i definitely got my moneys worth, and from what ive seen i like the setting and mission pieces of the division 2. think itll be a case of metro exodus for february and then maybe division 2 for march. ill have to see how i feel about anthem which also launches in february, plus i like the BF5 so at least ill have a few months to get burned out on that.

problem with publishers wants games as a service model on alot of games will be if it gets to a point where your drowning in them. you cant play them all if your expected to be grinding the crap out of stuff for hours and hours on multiple games, although microtransactions will be there to save you time i guess!!!

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MrNastyButler

I’ll put it on the wait and see list. E3 demo looked neat but that’s not a good indicator of anything.

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IronSalamander8 .

I never liked the setting of the Division and never got it after a friend who played it gave me a very ‘meh’ opinion on it. Are they learning from the issues of the current game? No idea but it sounds like they’re at least making an effort.

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squid

Finally picked up The Division during the SSS and was pretty impressed. There were a few things I didn’t like (mainly how repetitive some mission types got, and some jankiness with the cover system), but the graphics were great, the fps high and the DZ a nice challenge.

Didn’t get far into the endgame, so feel free to reply with all the stuff that sucks about it.

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thirtymil

Yeah, the cover system was a bit hit or miss at times – there were corners it just didn’t consider to be cover which you could really do with using as such in some missions.

As for endgame – well, they mostly negated the need to do raids by adding World Tiers, but I suppose the main complaint I have is that as the health pools got larger, being a sniper became far less viable. You’d go from one-shotting people at low level to needing so many rounds at higher level they’d just close the gap on you and you’d be better off with a close-range weapon. Same problem as any ranged class in a RPG, I guess.

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jay

It was difficult enough in the Div 1 to just find anyone at all to play with. Now they are going to go out of their way to make it even harder by all but encouraging people to just not group? o.O

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Danny Smith

So exactly the same as the last game then.

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thirtymil

The difference I’m reading into it is that the raid content will be soloable as well, as that was the part that wasn’t in the original game. Well, not by me at any rate :)

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mysecretid

Solo raid content? I wonder how that will work? Radical difficulty scaling, I suppose?

Good to see you posting again. Cheers, Thirty,

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thirtymil

Nice to be back :)

I suspect they’ll balance it the same way they balanced the World Tiers and hard mode missions in the original – larger health pools and higher damage output. There was nothing in the group content in The Division 1 that required more than one team member per se, only enough dps and health overall on your side to survive, whether you were one person or four.

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mysecretid

That was my first thought as well, Danny! I played all of the first game solo. It was arguably more difficult, and I had to rely a lot more on my healing abilities, but I still found it fun, and do-able.

Cheers,

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thirtymil

I played it through both solo and as a group, and to me it was largely the same experience. The special abilities don’t have a particularly large of synergy, although I suppose holding threat with a LMG whilst someone else flanked was one advantage to co-op.

Compare with Ghost Recon Wildlands, also an Ubisoft game, but one where playing the AI is vastly different to playing with friends. With the AI you have 3 drones with laser aims that generally just follow you round, with friends you have a thousand more tactical options and a million more comedy ways to die.

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mr_gibbins

The Division was a massive fail when released, poor content beyond 50, hackers everywhere in the dark zone etc. During an extended discussion with their support team about a refund they said “We have content planned for The Division to extend over 10 years”.

Seems that plan means make a new game and take more money and ditch the fail.

Fuck Ubisoft, fuck The Division.

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Davide Moriello

they never said anything like that. You are confusing Rain bow six siege content with the division content.