There’s something about March 8th that compels video game developers to announce their anticipated sequels. If you’re like me and enjoyed The Division’s bleak story and terrific gun play, know that The Division 2 is coming. Call of Duty fans can rest assured, 2018 isn’t the year that Activision lets that franchise take some time off. The company just confirmed Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 is this year’s entry into the long-running first-person shooter franchise.

Why these two companies decided that today was the day to announced The Division 2 and Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 is unknown, but who cares? I haven’t been this excited about sequels since someone tricked me into thinking Turbo: A Power Rangers Movie was a good thing to waste my birthday money on.

Ubisoft doesn’t discuss The Division 2 release date in the post confirming the game on its Ubisoft Blog. We do know that Massive Entertainment is the lead developer and that the game will use an upgraded engine from the original. We also know that an upcoming update will allow Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC gamers to earn rewards for The Division 2. 

Something tells me this is a 2018 launch, but I’ve got nothing to back that up yet. Don’t expect to hear about The Division 2 again until the Electronic Entertainment Expo starts on June 112th.

Treyarch is returning to the hot seat for Call of Duty: Black Ops 4. As its name suggests, this is a follow-up to Treyarch’s Black Ops 3. That game was a futuristic shooter, but this one may not be. Activision is encouraging fans to “forget what the know.” You’ve gotta start somewhere.

Activision has scheduled the official Black Ops 4 Community Reveal live stream for May 17th, so we’ll get more details about that game way before all the publishers get together for E3 2018. Oddly, this game debuts on October 12th, not November.

Truly, The Division was one of my favorite game. In fact, I didn’t stop playing it regularly until I took some time off gaming in general. The graphics were decent, and the story was solid. The shooting mechanics left you feeling satisfied and the co-op was spectacular. If this is a 2018 game, it’s immediately going on my buying list.

I haven’t played Call of Duty since Advanced Warfare. With no Halo to tide me over, I’m just ready for a quick first-person shooter story I can feel like a badass in. I might buy a physical copy of the game and give it to a family member when I’m done.

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