The Division 2 will not be making the jump forward into the next console generation. Massive Entertainment has announced that The Division 2 is not getting a PS5, Xbox Series X port as they determined the game isn’t popular enough to support splitting the player base. That doesn’t mean that the developer is abandoning the game though.
The Division 2 just dropped a new patch this week that laid the groundwork for the next phase of post-launch content. New missions and other content will take players to Coney Island with the launch of Warlords of New York. The new expansion already has some content in the game, but Ubisoft is working on adding more. Of course, there are new missions and gear, but there will are also new skills that are going to come too. Players can expect a whole new level of challenge. A big part of these changes will also encompass tweaks to the Dark Zones PvP mechanics.
Check out the expansion trailer down below.
As to why this call is being made, it’s a pretty simple business decision. Ubisoft just doesn’t want to commit the resources and time to develop a port when they cannot guarantee the user base will make the switch to new consoles. It will take time for the PS4 and Xbox One to lose ground to the new consoles.
Going further, “We are not looking at porting it to new platforms,” said Associate Creative Director Yannick Banchereau. The plan seems to be to rely on the development of new content rather than full ports to bring in new players. It seems like this model for all of the live services games under the Ubisoft banner will be this way when it comes to current-gen titles on PS5 and Xbox Series X. Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot says that the company will rely on PS5 and Xbox Series X’s backwards compatibility features to allow new gamers to hop into the fun on games like Ghost Recon Breakpoint, For Honor, and Rainbow Six Siege. And of course, The Division 2 as well.