A number of high-profile games have added dog-petting mechanics in the last year, partially spurred by the popularity of Twitter profile Can You Pet The Dog.
In a moment of serendipity, The Division 2’s original lack of dog-petting was one of the reasons this account was started. The core game is littered with sad-looking stray dogs, but the player’s only option to interact with them is to shoot them (which, hopefully, no one has ever done).
One of the original inspirations for this account was the initial release of The Division 2, which offered no way to comfort the game’s frightened stray dogs. I am happy that players will now be able to show compassion to animals in the post-apocalypse.https://t.co/elVvm7pYg0
— Can You Pet the Dog? (@CanYouPetTheDog) February 11, 2020
Almost a year on from the original Division 2 tweet, the game has come full circle with its stance on dog-petting. Not only do you get an adorable German Shepherd puppy to lavish affection on, but one of the early safe houses to be unlocked is a literal animal shelter.
Sadly, as Polygon has pointed out, there is still a lack of kitty-cuddles in the new animal-friendly DLC. Who’s going to start the Can You Pet The Cat account and fight for head scratches for our feline friends?
Our review of the core game praised its post-apocalyptic Washington DC for its strength of environment and engrossing open world, and Warlords will hopefully provide players with a run-down New York that’s just as fun to explore.
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