Ubisoft's The Division 2 launched in 2019, but is still getting new content. Unlike the studio's model for games like Rainbow 6: Siege and even Assassin's Creed Valhalla, The Division 2 is on an unusual cycle of repeating older events, with something new thrown in now and then. As pointed out by Kotaku, the game's upcoming year-four content involves enemy forces taking over a nuclear power plant. Sound familiar?
In an unfortunate and unintentional coincidence, the events of this new content is similar to the tactics being used by Russian military forces in their invasion of Ukraine. They have strategically targeted nuclear power plants in the country, including the infamous plant at Chernobyl. While Ubisoft surely had no intention of making any kind of statement, or hurting any sentiments via this content, it might still leave a bad taste in the mouth.
The public test servers for season nine – the first season of year-four – have actually gone live as of April 1. It's understandable why the developer isn't making a big show of the upcoming content, but also, the final launch date of the season is yet to be announced. Ubisoft appears to be playing it safe “in light of current world events”.
Additionally, David Polfeldt, managing director at Massive Entertainment left Ubisoft recently. He worked on The Division, The Division 2, and The Division Heartland, so the development could also be hindered by that at the moment.
As for the studio's contribution towards relief efforts for Ukraine, like many other developers, publishers, and manufacturers, it has halted all sales and operations in Russia. Additionally, the company also put in place a detailed plan to help employees in Ukraine.
"Ubisoft has provided all team members in Ukraine with additional funds to help them cover exceptional costs, such as those related to their travel and relocation," said a Ubisoft representative.
“Ubisoft is providing housing in neighbouring countries where teams and their families can take shelter if they wish and are able to do so. To ensure we stay closely connected with all teams, we have set up hotlines to respond to their questions and needs and have put in place an emergency communication system should infrastructures grow unstable."
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