During Ubisoft's E3 2018 press conference, the video game publisher and developer gave fans the good news that the upcoming co-op shooter Tom Clancy’s The Division 2 will feature at least three free DLC episodes during Year 1. Of course, in a move that will seemingly offset such cost-free wares, the company has also announced that it will be bringing back microtransactions in the forthcoming sequel.
This much was confirmed by Ubisoft Massive's Associate Creative Director, Chadi El-Zibaoui, during an interview he had with GamingBolt, with The Division 2 dev divulging that there will be microtransactions in the sequel, and they will be limited to cosmetics. However, he he didn’t comment on whether or not loot boxes will be in the game, which some may see as a discouraging sign of their inclusion at some point in the future.
“For now we’re keeping the same strategy as the first game: It’s all about vanity. We really want Division 2 to be a fair experience for everyone. Now regarding loot boxes I can’t comment about those at the moment.”
While the return of cosmetic microtransactions to The Division 2 likely won't come as much of a surprise to those who played the original, the prospect of loot boxes could be viewed by many as a blight on the title that would deter them from purchasing it. After all, the practice has been a contentious subject for those in the gaming community, with most fans vocally denouncing them as a scourge upon the industry.
Nevertheless, should loot boxes show up in The Division 2, there's a good chance that the action-RPG will still sell a solid amount of copies at launch, especially with Ubisoft seemingly having learned most of its lessons from the first game. What's more is that the games industry analysis tracking firm known as The NPD Group have even gone so far as to reveal details showing that game sales have actually not been affected by the controversy surrounding loot boxes and microtransactions.
Tom Clancy’s The Division 2 is currently scheduled to launch on March 15, 2019 for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.