Best answer: Right now there are no plans for The Division 2 to be cross-platform compatible. Ubisoft has allowed cross-play before on VR titles, but there is no evidence that The Division 2 will join them.
What is Cross-play?
Cross-platform play is the current holy grail of gaming. The goal for a lot of players is to be able to play multiplayer games with their friends regardless of what gaming platform you play on. That means PlayStation players can play with Xbox players, and Xbox players can play with PC players and so on. Everyone can play with everyone.
Back in the day, there were a lot of technical reasons why this was difficult, but with today’s games, the only stumbling block is the console manufacturers themselves, as well as, sometimes, the publisher. While Sony has allowed two games, Fortnite and Rocket League, to use their cross-play system, they are still trialing it, making sure that it doesn’t affect their business in a negative way.
Microsoft, on the hand, are all in for cross-play. Starting with their Play Anywhere initiative and embracing it with games like Minecraft, Rocket League, and Fortnite, Microsoft is even looking to bring it’s Xbox Live platform to other consoles.
What is The Division 2?
The Division 2 is Ubisoft’s sequel to the smash hit The Division. Set in a Washington D.C. that is collapsing in on itself, you are part of a crack force sent to take the streets back from the gangs and rabid people that now live there.
According to our own Russell Holly, The division 2 is a near perfect sequel to the original and is definitely worthy of your time and money.
Could The Division 2 get cross-play?
Yes, it could. If Sony decides The Division is a big enough game to warrant cross-play they could turn the function on and allow Ubisoft to let all us players play together. It’s unlikely though, at this point Sony has become mute on more games getting cross-play support.
Sony isn’t the only deciding factor. Ubisoft has allowed cross-play before, Star Trek: Bridge Crew is cross-play for VR headsets and it works amazingly well through their Ubisoft Club, but that game has very simple controls. The Division 2 would need separate servers for keyboard and mouse players as well as universal servers. There is a lot to work out and maybe Ubisoft just won’t want to waste all that time and money.
I don’t think we have to worry about Microsoft not wanting to support cross-play, it’s pretty obvious by now that they are ready for every game to play nice on any console. They are making a different kind of ecosystem right now and so will look at cross-play positively.
The Xbox One X is the most powerful console in the world today and true 4K on The Division 2 is a sight to behold. We should all be so lucky to play this game on this console.
Tom Clancy’s The Division 2 is looking to be one of the best games of this year. I have spent some time with the Betas and each time I play I come away more impressed with the gameplay, shooting mechanics, and overall story arc than I did before.
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