The Division 2 fighting for Washington DC in 2019

Ubisoft today revealed The Division 2, continuing their near-future post-apocalyptic online open-world shooter-RPG series. This time, players will be fighting for survival–and to establish order–in Washington DC. Unlike the first game’s snowy New York City, this seems quite a pleasant place, aside from the virus and all the gangs and factions murdering each other. Here, watch the first lump of gameplay footage in a demonstration vid from Ubi below. And yes, you bet your botty it includes ha-ha-hilarious scripted banter between players.

And sure, here’s the dramatic cinematic announcement trailer too:

The Division 2 is slated to launch on March 15th, 2019. You can sign up for beta testing on its site.

Ubisoft’s own E3 briefing is on Monday, so I’m sure we’ll see and hear more soon.

Check out our E3 2018 tag for more announcements, trailers, news, and goodness knows what else.


  1. Hyena Grin says:

    It’s hard for me to check if it’s the same video, but they’re both two minutes, so here’s a link for US readers:

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    Ninja Dodo says:

    This series continues to have really weird politics (while pretending to have none). So the “remnant of a corrupt state” is fighting its own former citizens in a new ‘civil war’? IRL if everything went to shit in the States think it’s more likely the right-wing survivalist militias would be the antagonists, as far as regular people are concerned. They don’t seem big on looking out for their fellow man, those guys.

    But no, of course it’s the government coming to get you.

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      Ninja Dodo says:

      “when its enemies come from within” good lord…

      Side note: I wonder if there is anything that makes me cringe more than people talking about “loot” and “aggro” in E3 gameplay presentations. Like, can you at least pretend to be engaging in the fiction of the game that you’re playing?

    • Railway Rifle says:

      It seems a plot from ten years ago, or the height of The X-Files, and overtaken by current events.

    • StAUG says:

      Surprising when you consider it comes under the Tom Clancy umbrella. In practically any Clancy book the US government was a stainless last line of defence against the unwashed hordes that were the rest of the world.

    • Kollega says:

      I wonder how the whole “remnant of the corrupt state and enemies from within” technothriller idiocy ties in with the fact that the player characters are a direct creation of the “corrupt state” that are supposed to “ensure the continuity of government” by wielding power at their own discretion (as well as the likely “enemy from within”).

      Or are Ubisoft actually going to go with the idea of “maybe The Divsion aren’t the good guys?” after reading many people provide that interpretation of the original? I wouldn’t dare to hope for that…

      • fuzzyfuzzyfungus says:

        I suspect they’ll just hedge as much as possible.

        If you want both zOMG apocalyptic dystopia slaughter and ‘near future’ you are stuck in a somewhat morally awkward place: Odds are that your players didn’t sign up for Peace Corps: Relief Mission Extreme, so doing boring stuff like handing out bottled water and restoring infrastructure isn’t going to cut it; but it becomes increasingly difficult to think of plausible reasons for the existence of suitably large opposing force without either getting into awkward implications territory pretty quickly, or putting the player character in the position of being so egregiously terrible that it makes Spec Ops: The Line a feel good bedtime story by comparison.

        Potentially both. Given the options; I’d try to keep things vague to the degree possible.

        The “New Civil War”, “Remnants of a corrupt state”; and “enemies within” don’t inspire much optimism, however. That will all go super well.

    • Chalibard says:

      It’s pretty tame to say that the US government is corrupt, and is a civil war a surprise when a country with 17 intelligence agencies (link to collapse ?

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        Ninja Dodo says:

        I don’t think there is ANY government with zero corruption and the US is certainly in the top 10 of selling out to corporations, if not nr 1, but the way it’s treated here reeks of a very particular kind of “gubment is coming to take our freedom (and guns)!”-attitude that I have no time for.

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          Ninja Dodo says:

          Never mind that you yourself seem to part of a shadowy paramilitary organization, but ‘the good kind’ apparently. It’s like these games have no idea what they’re saying at all.

  3. Railway Rifle says:

    To lose one major metropolis (in a peaceful, developed nation) to anarchy and chaos is unfortunate, but two seems careless.

    And the capital of the world’s most powerful nation has just been left to rot for six months? I know the plot is just as excuse for shooty fun but it is also trying to be taken seriously.

  4. haldolium says:


    And they did that awful scripted coop VO trailer again, oh my.

  5. tabyrd32 says:

    wasn’t the first one a flop?

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      Ninja Dodo says:

      No, Division made the big monies for Ubisoft. Pretty sure it was one of their biggest hits.

    • BillyBantam says:

      Yeah it made big money. It was broken as hell at launch, and they could have abandoned it. They stuck by it however and 12 to 18 months later it became a really solid game.
      I’m hoping they don’t “do a Bungie” and they take all the things they have implemented in the Division over to the sequel and build on it.

  6. Apologised says:

    I never clicked with the Division. Didn’t like the UI, didn’t like the lack of starting options, didn’t like the gameplay that couldn’t decide whether it wanted to be a Diabloesque loot game or tactical shooter and got stuck in between.
    This game doesn’t seem to have improved any of those things. The ONLY new thing in this trailer is the location. Where they have gone from New York one of the most interesting cities in the world, to Washington, where past capitol hill, is one of the most boring, ugly, and violent.

    So… thinking about it, I guess that makes it a perfect fit for the division.

  7. Cloak says:

    Two words, garbage and failure.

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