Players have their pick of the litter when it comes to loot games right about now. Destiny 2 and Monster Hunter World both got major paid expansions in just the last few weeks. But The Division 2 has been quietly humming along for most of the year, continuing to release a free title update here and there, along with other goodies. Now the latest (and it seems biggest) The Division 2 title update has a release date. Looks like we’re getting a new Specialization, alongside more main missions and weapons.
Title Update 6 will release in a staggered order. Players that hold the “Year 1 pass” can pick it up right away on Oct. 15, 2019. They will also receive access to the Technician, the new endgame Division 2 Specialization, right away. Whereas players who don’t have the pass need to complete a series of challenges to unlock the Technician. Once they do, they can use the endgame class’s new multi-target missile launcher to waste multiple enemies at the same time.
Year 1 pass holders get a couple special missions all to themselves, too. These Classified Assignments take place in a marina and an embassy, respectively. Those without the pass will also need to wait a week before they can complete the two new main story missions. Those release on Oct. 22 for all involved.
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Said story missions involve you going to the Pentagon, in order to find a cure for the Green Poison that plagues humanity in The Division 2. Personally, I think “Dollar Flu” was a way better name for the super-virus in the first game, but I guess that’s beside the point. Once inside the Pentagon, you’ll do battle with the Black Tusk, meaning these missions are probably only available after you “beat” The Division 2 for the first time.
There’s also a new survival type PVP mode, where players have limited lives and need to kill each other before time runs out, alongside a new map. Player-versus-player is not my bag in The Division 2 — or any other loot game, really — save for the Dark Zone. I do enjoy the tension that comes with players being able to turn on you at a moment’s notice. This more structured competitive stuff probably appeals to someone, though. I’m legitimately happy for them.
Nestled away with these bigger feature updates are also some light patch notes. The press release we got didn’t go into super heavy detail, but you can see a list of the fixes and quality-of-life improvements below:
- Targeted Loot
- Named Items overhauled
- Crafting Changes
- Recalibration Changes
- Filled Brands
- Inventory Management 2.0
- Increased stash space
- Rebalance of talents and weapons
- Dark Zone Server Transfers
- Updated Thieves’ Den Vendor
- Dark Zone Supply Drops Changes
- Occupied Dark Zone Ambushes
- Normalization in Dark Zone changes
- Conflict: Loadout Selection during map voting
- Bonus armor visualization increased
- Conflict: End of Match Rewards changes
- Stored tutorials
Finally, if you’ve read this far and aren’t someone who already plays The Division 2, Ubisoft is also running a free weekend later this month. Even if you do play the game already, that might be a good time to get your friends still on the fence interested. The game will also be on sale during that period, as games tend to be during free weekends. So there are fewer excuses than usual not to jump in.
The biggest issue, of course, is mostly time. There are so many games to play right now, and a lot of them offer consistent free updates much like this one. Can you fit every good live service game into your life right now? I sure can’t! And it’s my job to do exactly that. Oh, woe is me… Anyway, enjoy the new title update for The Division 2 if you can!