Tom Clancy's The Division 2 is the direct follow-up to Ubisoft Massive's breakout 2016 hit, one which retains the same RPG elements and ruthless PvP gameplay (more on that later) that made The Division so special.
It takes place seven months after its predecessor.
In The Division 2, the stakes couldn't be higher. You'll once again slip into the shoes of a skilled sleeper agent who must rise up and defend Washington D.C.
Washington D.C. is on the brink of collapse. Lawlessness and instability threaten our society, and rumors of a coup in the Capitol are only amplifying the chaos. All active Division agents are desperately needed to save the city before it's too late. You are a member of the Division, an elite group of civilian agents charged with being the last line of defense. With D.C. at risk, it's time to gear up and use your unique skills to take on this new threat.
If you're familiar with The Division franchise, you'll know Ubisoft's shooter is built around a third-person perspective, with a particular emphasis on PvP combat and RPG mechanics. Co-op game modes are available, and we'll get to them a little later.
Said to be your new base of operations, the White House will feature prominently in The Division 2, as agents attempt to salvage what's left of post-pandemic Washington D.C.
Ubisoft is quick to point out that The Division 2 boasts a 1:1 recreation of the world-famous city, stating:
Unlike anything before it, The Division 2's Washington D.C. is a 1:1 representation of the real city, making the game world more authentic than ever. The game's map offers up-close-and-personal views of landmarks, natural landscapes, neighborhoods, and enemy hideouts.
Though The Division 2 places a sharp focus on endgame content, the core campaign is said to stretch for around 40 hours. And yes, you can play it solo, or with friends.
You read that right; The Division 2 features multiple Dark Zones. Split between East, South and West, you'll find Dark Zone East by the Capitol Train Station. Meanwhile, Dark Zone South and West will be located around the Waterfront area and in the suburb of Georgetown, respectively.
There are also two separate brackets for matchmaking:
On the one side, players are matched in level buckets (1-10, 11-20, and 21-30) and normalized to the same power level. On the other side, all players who have reached World Tier are matched together and normalized to the same World Tier. For players above the normalized power level, bonus statistics are applied to reward you for your time.
They say sharing is caring; but in The Division 2, playing as a lone wolf can be a "lucrative" endeavour.
You can absolutely have a solo player experience in the Dark Zone, and it can be lucrative for you. The whole intention of the Dark Zone, being about greed, is that there is a little bit of potential for a faster path through the RNG, farming part of the RPG.
In the eyes of David Polfeldt, Managing Director at Ubisoft Massive, The Division 2 and its predecessor can happily coexist, as the studio plans to keep supporting The Division long into the future.
It's been three years between The Division and Division 2. I think there’s a lot of interest in trying a similar type of mechanic but in a new way. I’m pretty sure people are curious about the new one.
Curious to know our own thoughts on The Division 2? While we wait for the review to go live, you can dive into Chandler's hands-on preview.
Among the new features being introduced to The Division 2 is a clan system, which will support up to 50 accounts, each of whom will be allowed four characters.
If you're on the lookout for a clan to join, you can search based on the following criteria:
While the Year 1 pass will set you back $39.99, Ubisoft is planning an additional suite of content for the next 12 months. And it's free.
There will be three episodes in total, with the first expected to go live summer 2019.
Regardless of whether you buy physical or digital, PS4 owners will be forced to clear out around 90GB of space for The Division 2.
If you purchased a physical copy of the game, begin installing from the disc. Provided you are online, your console will simultaneously download Title Update 1 while you install it. Expect a 48-52 GB download for Title Update 1, depending on your region and preferred language. If you purchased a digital copy of the game, expect a 88-92 GB download that comprises both the game and Title Update 1. Whether installed from a disc or downloaded digitally, the final HDD install size will be between 88-92 GB.
It may cost a pretty penny ($189/£129), but The Division 2's Dark Zone Edition is the premium version of Ubisoft's shooter.
It comes packing a mix of physical and digital content, including:
Physical content: The Tom Clancy's - The Division 2 Game, An Ubicollectibles 30cm-high figurine of Heather Ward the Tom Clancy's The Division 2 Specialised Agent, A Washington, D.C. map with a ton of information and secret locations left behind by another Division agent, A Book of Lithographs: A selection of detachable lithographs, including twenty of the greatest pieces of art from the game, The Selected Game Soundtrack: a selection of the best songs from the game put together on a disc.
Digital content: The Battleworn Secret Service Pack: don't get caught, be sneaky and collect information to defeat DC's enemies with your secret service outfit, an exotic M4A1 weapon skin and a rare emote, The Capitol Defender Pack: Protect the citizens of D.C. using special equipment including the Hazmat 2.0 outfit and the "Lullaby" legendary SPAS-12 weapon which comes with its endgame blueprint.
The good folk at PlayStation Trophies have published a list of the digital accolades available in The Division 2. There are 43 in total, including that all-important Platinum.
Stay tuned for our official verdict of The Division 2 ahead of its launch on March 15, 2019.