Ubisoft has outlined its complete year 1 plan for The Division 2, which includes three new episodes of post-launch content. The company first announced The Division 2 in 2018, and the game released in March 2019. Set in Washington, D.C., The Division 2 picks up where its predecessor left off: in a world devastated by a re-engineered version of smallpox. The U.S. is on the verge of collapse, and players take on the role of sleeper agents to restore order.
The launch of The Division 2 wasn't without its issues, particularly with a bug that affected player skills, but compared to other MMOs, its release was generally well-received, and easily superior to the other live service looter shooters on the market. After receiving player feedback about the first game in the franchise, Ubisoft focused its early development efforts on The Division 2's endgame, with a plan to release three DLC packs throughout its first year that are free for players who own the game.
At its E3 2019 presentation, Ubisoft offered up more information about its plan for The Division 2's first year. The company revealed details on those three episodes of DLC, with each bringing new areas to the game, along with new rewards, gear and weapons. The first episode, D.C. Outskirts: Expeditions, will arrive in July and focus on exploration to find the leader of the Outcasts and President Ellis. Episode 2, Pentagon: The Last Castle, will release in the fall and have players defending the Pentagon from the Black Tusk. The third episode, Coney Island: Homecoming will arrive in early 2020 with a showdown at Coney Island.
Ubisoft also announced that Episode 2, Pentagon: The Last Castle, will also bring a second 8-player raid that will have players traveling to the core of the Foundry for "epic combats." However, it seems that raids will still not have a matchmaking element, which many players still find frustrating about the title. For those who have not yet signed on, The Division 2 is free to play during June 13-16 and on sale from June 7-24. Ubisoft confirmed that players who purchase the game after the free trial will get to keep any progress they make.
It's good news that Ubisoft is keeping to their word about having a specific endgame in mind for The Division 2. This new content will give players something to do beyond the main campaign and fix some of the problems that many players had with the first title in the franchise. Stay tuned for more details on all things E3 by visiting our E3 hub.