Year one plans for The Division to include 30-day exclusivity for Xbox One owners
Ubisoft's most recent hyped-beyond-hype game, The Division, launched today - you may already be knee-deep in New York slush, starving civilians and gun-toting looters dressed as binmen. If you are, I hope you're having fun and not worrying how much longer all of this can continue. It's only the first day. You shouldn't be concerned about the game's longevity just yet. Leave that to the game's developers.
This is something they should have been thinking about for some time now, especially since they've been touting a season pass for quite a while and many fans have no doubt bought into it. There were a few scant details of the title's future expansion plans back in January, but nothing of any great significance - the number of expansions, their order of release and their names.
Earlier this week, via their blog site, Ubisoft dropped another update centered on the content they expect to add to The Division in its first year out in the wild. First up, the obligatory free patches - or content that should have been included from the beginning? In April comes Incursions, endgame content for four-man squads, take on high-level enemies for high-level loot. You'll also be able to trade any new loot you pick up with your squad members.
Then in May, the second free content drop. A rather vaguely described one though. Titled Conflict, it'll add new Dark Zone features and an incursion into New York's Columbus Circle. So, presumably another incursion, like the ones added in April, and an unknown addition to the PvP side of the game.
The three paid expansions are up next, available to those that bought the game's collector's edition or its season pass. Again though, the detail is pretty thin on the ground. Underground will appear in June and see players sent "to hunt enemies in the vast mazes of tunnels and subways that run under Manhattan". Survival comes "later in the Summer" aiming to challenge players "to survive for as long as possible in a very hostile environment while gathering supplies and equipment". Last up "along with the Winter" presenting now members of The Division with "a new, relentless threat".
Sorry Ubisoft, but that information is not good enough. Nor is it particularly encouraging. You said essentially the same thing in January. People need more information. I genuinely hope this kind of thing doesn't result in more season pass purchases.
A more recent blog post revealed that Xbox One owners would be getting the first two expansion packs (Underground and Survival) 30 days before the other platforms. A period of exclusivity to gloat over. I don't understand the appeal to be honest, but there must be some out there that buy into this weird marketing logic. Same as the season passes. Whatever gets you through the day, I guess.
Are you one of those that loves a season pass? Or a console exclusivity period? Have you joined The Division to help out this fictional New York? How has your first day gone? Fun times in the Dark Zone? Are you looking forward to new content already? Let us know in your comments down below.
Eoin has been gaming for twenty-five years, worries he might be getting a little too old for it all, but hopes that he isn't. In the midst of an effort to find a future doing something he loves, he has taken to writing about his one enduring passion - video games.
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