In an interview with Ausgamers, The Division 2 game director, Mathias Karlson, made it very clear that you’ll be able to play the game entirely solo. That means, it can be a single-player experience for you from the start of the campaign right into endgame content. And you can continue to play the game as a lone ranger for as long as you want.
“So The Division has always had a seamless connection between playing alone and transitioning in and out of multiplayer in different ways,” explains Karlson. “Just like Division 1, Division 2 is going to respect all progress you make, no matter how you play. If you play alone or if you play with a friend — all the progress is always there for you.”
But won’t the world feel ’empty’ and meaningless without the interaction of other players? One way Ubisoft will fill this gap is by letting NPCs play a much more important role than they did in the first game. Your interaction with the NPC communities in Washington, as well as your decisions will have a direct impact on the world of The Division 2.
“All the actions that you do in the game and in the open-world — you’ll see a direct relationship between that and civilian life in the city,” continues Karlson. “Where they live, the betterment of their life, the betterment of their equipment, and in the living world their ability to hold territory [and] get the resources they need. And then them also helping you back.”
Karlson stresses in the interview that Ubisoft respects how people want to play The Division 2; be it solo, or with friends, or a combination of the two. There is no right or wrong way to play the game, it is entirely up to the player and Ubisoft will in no way restrict that choice. It is refreshing to have this commitment from Ubisoft that you can play The Division 2 the way you want to play it.
“You can play through the entire story campaign into end-game and [then the] end-game [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. Personally, I’m a co-op player, I think the added synergies and the fact that you’re playing together with other people makes it a richer experience.
But many people in the office are, like, ‘that’s cool, I like it in certain activities. But I want to have the bulk of the experience alone when I’m out exploring’. So there’s no right or wrong.”
The Division 2 releases worldwide on 15 March 2019 for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.
(Cover image credit: The Division 2 Cosplay from CptKharg).
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