The Division 2 will not be at Ubisoft’s E3 kickoff, but the company is supposedly working on a new F2P shooter

    
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Here’s the bad news for fans of The Division 2: The game is apparently not going to be featured at this year’s Ubisoft Forward event, which is kicking off on Saturday, June 12th as the start of the overall E3 online experience. The same goes for The Division: Heartland, so you shouldn’t expect to hear word one about either game if you’re watching on Saturday. There will be other games on display, of course, but these two are not going to be among them.

The brighter news (or at least, the brighter rumor) is that Ubisoft is working on a new free-to-play multiplayer shooter which will include elements from The Division 2, as will as the Splinter Cell and Ghost Recon franchises. Leaks about the new title indicate it will also not be revealed on Saturday, but it supposedly brings all of these franchises together for simultaneous shooting action, so that’s something to look forward to even if it is still now in the dusty realm of rumors.

Source: Twitter, Polygon
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Bannex

I really enjoyed D1. D2 didn’t grab me at all. One thing I can respect ubi for doing is keeping their locations fresh.

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Greaterdivinity

Kinda disappointed, was hoping for a first taste of what they’re working on for Division 2 and some kind of something for Heartland, especially since both are planned for later this year.

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Danny Smith

I think The Division as a buy to play -and i did buy both myself- are a hard sell. Now more than ever. Not only is it looking like the mainstream is starting to hit live service/looter fatigue far faster than publishers expected but are they going to sell another “ITS NOT POLITICAL” game about a virus ravaging the US as militia nutjobs take over the capital? thats an easier pill to swallow when its F2P where people are far less likely to give a shit about that kind of thing and they can milk the impulse buyer who will pay for battlepasses and cosmetics and pay more than a retail cost so it doesnt matter if they drop it after a week.

There was some neat ideas in The Division but my take on this is Ubisoft is giving up on the current idea and they will recycle the assetts and mechanics to try and make some free to play factory farm games to milk whales and while we will see more things using the branding as a attempt at a big budget retail product i think its effectively dead.

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Hikari Kenzaki

I personally don’t buy Ubisoft games, I just do the Uplay sub and play whatever game I want.

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Zulika Mi-Nam

It’s depressing to say…but the Div 2 Capital event was there long before the actual event happened, as was the virus content which of course was the story of DiV 1 which launched in 2014. All of this used to thought of as fantasy/highly fictional -even here in the US.

The Div games are made by the Massive studio out of Sweden – one of the many under the Ubisoft umbrella. Not sure who makes what decisions there, but I agree the recycling and battlepass stuff is both low effort and off-putting.

I also doubt Massive will be involved in this new game as I think they have their hands full with others (Star Wars, Avatar) and are not involved in the other IPs.

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angrakhan

Bleh, F2P is my least favorite monetization model. Prepare to grind your eyes out. Wonder what “elements” they are referring to? Guns? Cover? People shooting other people? Not much unique to any of the titles listed.