The Division has been out for just over a year, and after releasing three expansions, Massive are planning to release more expansions (paid and free) in what they call “Year 2”. We have had a ‘Dungeon’ expansion, a ‘Survival’ expansion and a ‘Domination’ expansion. In Year 2, the first expansion (name TBA) “will be based on an event system that drives players to activities that feature modifiers, leaderboards, and unique vanity items that will only be available through these activities.”
Massive Entertainment Creative Director Julian Gerighty has added that the Massive have plans to include a loadout feature in the first expansion, allowing you to quickly switch between your favourite gear combinations, as well as a system to mark a player’s feats. “It will reward players for different activities – long-term activities, short-term activities, and medium-term activities within the game,” he adds. “Basically, our Division achievements, if you will.” The second expansion will be released at a later date and details are scarce, but Gerighty says it will be more content-focused. However, this doesn’t mean Massive will deliver new story missions. “Story missions are tricky, but that doesn’t mean we won’t have narrative content,” he explains. “We can’t really deliver story missions that will fit into the RPG aspects of the game in a simple way. So we’re not going to be doing the classic main mission type of thing, but the narrative content is something that we are definitely looking at.”
Gerighty didn’t say if Year 2 will bring an increase to the level cap or an expansion of the map, just that the focus on Year 2 is what they can deliver to the largest player base. “This content will put a twist on how people played the game before and will reignite their engagement with the content. You may have already played in one style, but transforming that and then applying a competition filter is a very engaging way to deliver new experiences and new activities to the community,” he adds.