In brief, Ubi’s plan is as follows:
The big bad of THE DIVISION, Aaron Keener, will have his story wrap up, not in a full priced sequel called THE DIVISION 3, but rather in a $30 expansion called “Warlords of New York”.
The base game is being priced all the way down to $3 (not known if this is temporary). Bundles that include DLC with the base game including a bundle that adds “Warlords of New York” will be sold at $40.
As part of the update from “Warlords of New York”, THE DIVISION 2 will become a Seasonal/Event driven title with main releases release tranches coming out every 3 months. End game content will be changed and revised. New enemies and “world events” will occur. The assumption right now would be that these events occur for free until the next major $30 expansion.
So if we apply this strategy to HITMAN 2 what would happen is instead of a $60 HITMAN 3, we get the closure of the Lucas Grey/Providence story arc as a lower priced $30 expansion. The HITMAN 2 “core game” would drop in price (but maybe not to the ridiculous $3?), but there will be bundles now to include Legacy Pack, Patient Zero, Providence Conclusion, etc.
HITMAN 2 therefore becomes “the baseline entry point” for the World of Assassination.
The update would be accompanied by an announcement that HITMAN content will be quarterly with guaranteed elusive targets (1, 2, or 3) occurring within that quarter, Challenge Packs, Unlockables. The story would end with the Providence expansion and after that it’s all about events, stories of Elusive Targets and Special Assignments.
The precedent set by Ubi above is people are paying $30 to add Manhattan to THE DIVISION 2. So applied to our logic, we’d buy a $30 expansion when it’s that time again to get a new set of maps to add to HITMAN 2 post-Providence conclusion. But rather than being part of a campaign, the maps/missions would be self contained stories, or form their own short campaign as the main story will end with the first $30 expansion and no further long campaigns will be done.
How do you guys feel about this? Do you still play THE DIVISION 2?
Do you think this kind of calendar would work better with HITMAN 2?