The Divison 2 story sets U.S. capital aflame with chaos

Ubisoft's big sequel sets the tone for a havoc-filled struggle for survival.

Published Mon, Jan 21 2019 12:24 PM CST   |   Updated Tue, Nov 3 2020 11:49 AM CST

Ubisoft's latest story trailer for The Division 2 gives us a look at the game's scope, themes, and overall feel.

The Divison 2 story sets U.S. capital aflame with chaos |

Where the first Division game was a snowy emergency response to a terrorist attack, the Division 2 is more about the fallout of the virus attack and what comes next. The incident essentially fractured society and saw the fabric of our country break apart, leading to tribalism and gun-toting groups to rise up and force their command over key areas of the U.S., including the capital. Now Washington D.C. has devolved into anarchy and chaos, and it's up to Division agents to put out the fires and regain control.

The themes sound interesting enough, but the game's sun-lit world and setting don't really bring that same sense of urgency as the confused and wrecked icy streets of New York. There was something choking and claustrophobic about The Division 1's setting, a dark sense of foreboding as violence seemed to lie around every corner.

The factions in The Division 2 seem more brutal though. There's religious cults armed to the teeth with high-powered firearms, suicide bombers that run screaming with C4 strapped to their chests, and marauders who are just a few steps away from Fallout's raiders that basically just execute everyone they find. There's also an elite force hunting down Division agents in an attempt to heighten the country's disruption--an interesting plot device that'll pay off down the line.

Of course the story arc and its events are mainly there to further the online-based experience and tap into Ubisoft's engagement strategies. Like all its other games, The Division 2 will be monetized, albeit with cosmetic-only microtransactions. The team at Massive will use everything they've learned about the first game to create a stable, engaging, and enjoyable online framework for The Division 2.

The Division 2 launches on March 15, 2019 for PS4, Xbox One and PC. All pre-orders get exclusive access to a private beta held on February 7.


Derek is absorbed with the intersection of technology and gaming, and is always looking forward to new advancements. With over six years in games journalism under his belt, Derek aims to further engage the gaming sector while taking a peek under the tech that powers it. He hopes to one day explore the stars in No Man's Sky with the magic of VR.

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