I had a great time playing The Division for the first week or so with a few of the Press Start guys, but once they started falling away to play other games, I really felt like the game lost something and wasn’t anywhere near as enjoyable to explore on my own.
After an hour or so with The Division 2, I’m still convinced that friends are almost necessary in order to get full enjoyment out of it, but Ubisoft have changed up the game quite a bit in an attempt to keep players drawn to it. Everything has changed with The Division 2, including the setting, enemy variety, and a new season that just lends itself so perfectly to the super lush look Ubisoft is going for.
In case you haven’t seen the reveal trailer, The Division 2 is set in Washington DC roughly seven months after the outbreak ended in Manhattan. Whilst New York and the Winter setting were interesting, The Division 2 feels like a step in the right direction. Not only does the location feel more interesting to explore, the game is set in Summer and the world is regrowing, meaning that there’s luscious green foliage all around, and a bigger variety of locations ranging from commercial areas, suburban areas and historical sites. Whilst I only got to explore a small snippet of the map in my time with the game, it’s said to be about 20% bigger than Manhattan.