Ubisoft has said that it is unlikely to launch the original PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X/S versions of Tom Clancy’s The Division 2, as taking “full advantage” of the current console generation means players on PS4 and Xbox One will not be able to play it. Will also have to leave behind.
The Division 2 originally launched back in March 2019 with versions for PS4, Xbox One, and PC. Streaming versions for Google Stadia and Amazon Luna launched in 2020, and it is now playable on newer consoles via backwards compatibility.
Last week, The Division 2’s fifth year of content was laid out for fans of Ubisoft’s ongoing post-pandemic co-op shooter. Speaking to MP1st, the game’s creative director Yannick Banchereau also discussed whether a ground-up PS5 and Xbox Series X/S version could also be released – but that seems unlikely.
“If we really want to take full advantage of them, since we only have one version of the game that is available on all platforms, taking full advantage of it would mean that the game would no longer be available on older generations,” said Banchereau. .
“We still have a lot of players who play on all generations and we are not ready to leave them behind and ask them to upgrade,” he continued. “Right now we’re trying to make sure that every time we add something, it still runs smoothly even on older genes.”
For now, the PS5 and Xbox Series X/S versions of the game have a 60FPS option, though no other bells and whistles.
Ubisoft is tight-lipped on whether the long-delayed The Division 2 will ever get a full sequel. Meanwhile, it’s preparing the free-to-play spin-off The Division Heartland, which remains in testing for the foreseeable future.
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