During Ubisoft's earnings call, the company's CEO Yves Guillemot explained that The Division has more PC pre-orders than the original, despite the unpopular deal with Epic's Store, where pre-orders on Uplay alone are six times higher.
It looks like The Division 2 sale numbers are doing great despite the issues that were supposed to hold the game back in the last few weeks. The first one is, of course, Ubisoft's deal with Epic Games to bring The Division 2 to the Epic Games Store instead of Steam.
Some other issues could be seen in the closed beta but those are widely regarded as minor when compared to the unpopular deal between Ubisoft and Epic.
However, according to Ubisoft's CEO Yves Guillemot, The Division 2 pre-order numbers on PC are higher than the original game. On Uplay, the number is six times higher and Guillemot said that the decision actually helped them attract more player to their own distribution platform.
"It helped to actually do more of our business on our own store, and to have a better revenue per unit sold via the Epic deal," he said.
Guillemot also talked about the future of The Division 2. He mentioned that the upcoming looter shooter has everything to be a bigger seller and have a longer lifetime than the original.
This could suggest that Ubisoft are looking to support to game into Year 2 and even Year 3 with new content. In the original game, the major content drop was reserved only for the first year while only some minor additions were included in the second year.
Basically, Ubisoft gave up on The Division after the first year and focused their work on the sequel.
With the new additions in The Division 2, and the overall feeling that the game has a lot more to offer than it's predecessor, Ubisoft probably see the game as a more solid base for the expansions and new content even after the first year.