The Division series director Julian Gerighty has fans speculating after asking them for their thoughts on a single-player game in the series. One idea for a single-player Division game was described as a mix of The Division lore with the atmosphere and narrative style of The Last of Us, the hugely popular PlayStation exclusive game from Naughty Dog.
On Twitter, Tim Spencer, level director at LEGO Star Wars developer TT Games, said that he would "love" to see a "single-player narrative-driven spin-off" of The Division. Spencer's idea for the game's story would star a Division agent as they try to "get home to their family after being sent to NYC, during the SHD blackout from the fall of DC." The game could "explore what a Division agent sacrifices" and the character could also be "haunted by nightmares of what could have happened to their family, because they answered the call of the SHD, so weren’t there to protect them during the fall."
Apparently not something people are violently against :)— Julian Gerighty (@jgerighty) July 13, 2019
Spencer's tweet got 95 retweets, nearly 800 likes, and 200 mostly positive replies from fans of The Division. It also got the attention of The Division 2 game director Julian Gerighty who retweeted the post and said "thoughts?" Gerighty didn't share his thoughts on Spencer's idea but he did post another tweet that said that a single-player Division game is, "Apparently not something people are violently against :)"
A single player game would be a radical shift for The Division series, which has primarily been about fighting with and sometimes against other players. In The Division 2, the development team added new multiplayer gameplay such as competitive multiplayer modes, and raids that have larger groups of players working together. Most of the more challenging content is even recommended for groups, but a single player experience could offer new design possibilities.
A single player Division would also be a shift away from what Ubisoft is doing with all of the Tom Clancy games. In Ghost Recon: Wildlands and the upcoming Ghost Recon: Breakpoint, there is player versus player multiplayer and co-op play. Ubisoft has also said that it doesn't expect to make more Rainbow Six single-player experiences, choosing to put more resources into multiplayer after the success of Rainbow Six Siege. However, the posts on social media confirm that fans want a single player Division so it may just happen.
Source: Julian Gerighty - Twitter