The Division 2 Trailer Shows a Destructed D.C.

The United States Capitol? Check. The Washington Monument? Check. There are a bunch of landmarks included in today’s The Division 2 trailer, each in varying degrees of disarray. But they call come together to make one thing very evident – D.C. has been lost.

As today’s The Division 2 trailer plays out, we get a monologue from what I presume is our team’s lead:

“How could this have happened here? Of all the capitols, of all the nations on Earth. None more vigilant. Safeguarded. Prepared. Was it vanity? Bad luck? Or something more sinister? One thing is beyond question. This is where we push back. This is our defining moment. If we fail, our leash falls. We are the free world’s last line of defense.”

As Ubisoft puts it, in The Division 2 “the stakes are higher than ever. If Washington, D.C., is lost, then the nation falls. As a Division agent who has been in the field for seven months, you and your team are the last hope to stop the fall of society after the pandemic collapse.”

That’s right where The Division 2 picks up, seven months after the events of the first game in New York City. Instead of the Big Apple, we’ll be exploring the nation’s capitol which has been utterly transformed by the events following the virus.

Ubisoft branded today’s The Division 2 trailer as an “official gameplay trailer”, but it doesn’t look like that’s quite accurate. There isn’t really any behind the shoulder viewpoints that we would expect from The Division. While it’s likely comprised of in-game footage, today’s The Division 2 trailer is delivered as a typical cinematic trailer. Even the gunplay towards the end doesn’t amount to anything. Shots just reign down from an unseen foe as the members of The Division scatter for cover.

We haven’t seen much from the game other than what was shown at E3, so I suppose something is better than nothing. With The Division 2 being scheduled to release on March, hopefully we’ll get to see much more in the coming months.

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