Ubisoft has revealed that the world and story of The Division 2 will be expanding into comics, lore books and a novel.
Announced via their official blog, Ubisoft is partnering with Dark Horse to produce tie-in comics and a lore book while Alex Irvine, the author of Tom Clancy’s The Division: New York Collapse, will be writing a new novel based on the world of The Division 2.
At this year’s San Diego Comic-Con, two of the developers behind The Division 2, Creative Director Julian Gerighty and Lead Narrative Designer John Björling, discussed expanding the world of their upcoming game. “Even though the narrative team is busy with the game, [the books] align a lot with what we’re already thinking about, so it has been really natural for us to address those things, or talk about ideas, or adapt pitches,” Björling said.
Julian Gerighty discusses how comic books and novels can offer a different and unique experience for fans of the game. “I think every medium has its strengths, so with an open-world, nonlinear, co-op focused game, maybe we can’t go into as much detail about how people are living through the chaos, or how people are trying to survive. But, in a book, or in a comic book, we can detail that a little more. So it helps us flesh out the whole universe completely.”
The focus of The Division has always been on the player and their contributions within the world. The fact that the novels and comic books will be moving away from that and instead, focusing on the stories of citizens who are trying to survive, could provide an interesting perspective and humanise the events of the game.
Ubisoft hasn’t revealed how long fans will have to wait to get their hands on the expanded content, but it can be expected to release shortly before or after the official game.