Ubisoft has taken a pretty comprehensive look at the post-launch plans for The Division 2, detailing the first year of free content that it hopes will keep people hooked in.
Tom Clancy’s The Division 2 will receive three story-focused episodes over the course of the year, each introducing narrative-driven content, new signature weapons, character specialisations, and accompany skill trees to unlock.
The first episode is D.C. Outskirts: Expeditions and will having players hunting down the Black Tusks in the regions surrounding Washington. Episode 2: Pentagon - The Last Castle drops players into one of the most iconic military locations in the world, while the final third episode will “pave the way for more thrilling content.” Just to reiterate as well, all of this will be free.
The Division 2 has quite an odd approach to its season pass that sounds as if it’s got more in common with the likes of Rainbow Six Siege than it does other loot shooters like Destiny. First and foremost, nearly all content, for the first year at least, will be free. Season pass owners will just access to some of the goodies a week earlier, a bit like how Operators unlock in Siege.
If you buy the Year 1 Pass you’ll get 7 days early access to the narrative content of new episodes, instant unlock of year 1 Specializations, access to 8 Classified Assignments, exclusive cosmetics and a handful of additional bounties to attempts.
Anyway, you can see it all for yourself in the extensive new trailer below:
Ubisoft knows a thing or two about sequels, and it knows plenty about iterative improvements on what’s come before. The Division 2 probably isn’t going to blow us away with surprises but we expect Ubisoft has learned from the lessons learned in the original. It sounds as if The Division 2 will launch with plenty of content, a focus on endgame, and have PvP, along with a consistent rollout of free content to keep players checking back in for more over the first year. All the signs are looking positive right now, let’s just hope Ubisoft can live up to our expectations.
Tom Clancy’s The Division 2 is coming to PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on March 15th, 2019. There’s an open beta test running this weekend. It kicks off tomorrow so just give it a download and you can see what all the fuss is about.