Players of Tom Clancy’s The Division 2 experienced an unusual setback over the last couple of days as a fix from Ubisoft that was intended to address crashing issues, due to localization, actually managed to break the publisher’s ability to update the game. During this time the game was stuck in limbo as the current season had ended while the publisher had only a week earlier announced the next season would be delayed. Ubisoft has since managed to deploy a server-side update allowing the online game to resume and has extended the current season with plans to offer players in-game compensation down the road.
We have good news!— Tom Clancy's The Division (@TheDivisionGame) February 10, 2023
We have successfully created and deployed a server-side update. This is now live and extends Season 10 content. We deeply appreciate your support and patience!
More news about Season 11 and in-game compensation will be shared at a later date. https://t.co/0AHksADOGn
Troubling times at Ubisoft
This latest disruption at Ubisoft follows a number of others after it was just yesterday that Assassin’s Creed Origins and Black Flag Director Jean Guesdon announced he would be leaving the company. Another recent announcement from the publisher indicated it would be canceling three games while delaying (yet again) its open-world pirate game Skull and Bones, due to “worsening economic conditions“. Following that announcement another came from Solidaires Informatique Jeu Vidéo calling for Ubisoft staff to go on strike who per Engadget, are demanding a 10% salary increase and changes that include a 4-day work week, and “greater transparency on workforce changes, as well as pledges to avoid thinly-disguised firings and “abusive” management practices that push staff to quit.”
📢Ubisoft Paris – Appel à la grève— Solidaires Informatique Jeu Vidéo (@SolInfoJeuVideo) January 17, 2023
Vendredi 27 – après-midi
M. Guillemot veut mettre la pression à ses employés. Répondons lui par la grève. ✊
📢CALL TO STRIKE – FRIDAY 27th – Afternoon
M. Guillemot want to put pressure on the salaries. Let's strike. ✊ pic.twitter.com/1SaS5SdwFM
Clearly, things are in an unstable state for Ubisoft as it is dealing with multiple challenges in 2023, and until it can resolve internal issues instances like what just happened with The Division 2, there could be more to come. It has not yet been announced when the next season will be deployed for the game but at least in the meantime players can now get back to gaming with the current one.