Agent, it’s time for pay back!
Ubisoft has just announced a new expansion of The Division 2; ‘Warlords of New York’. And we’re heading back to New York, on a hunt for the rogue Division agent Aaron Keener!
To track down Keener, players will return to open world areas of Lower Manhattan; a former Dark Zone that was recently hit by a devastating hurricane that hit New York City harder than anywhere else in the US. Players can now explore new zones, each with real life locations such as Two Bridges, Chinatown, and Wall Street. Protecting Keener are his own group of Rogue Agents. Each Rogue Agent has their own unique back story and skill—which you learn and gain, once you take them down.
And two enemy factions return from the first Division game; The Cleaners, ex-sanitation workers that believe the only way to get rid of the virus is by fire. And The Rikers, escaped inmates of the Riker Island prison.
Along with The Division 2 Warlords of New York, Title Update 8 will include an RPG overhaul, making it easier manage your gear inventory. The UI screen will be updated to always show the roll ranges for each stat on a piece of gear or weapon. The overhaul also includes the return of god rolls, improving readability and helping players make better decisions on the gear’s usefulness to their build, something I’ve been working on for a while!
Additionally, players will see a new gear re-calibration system, with item and stat usefulness indicators, as well as permanent attribute and stat storage at the re-calibration station.
The existing Dark Zones in The Division 2 are also being revitalized, returning to a simpler rogue mechanic. The focus is on rewarding player-to-player interaction, whether it’s fighting against each other or helping a fellow Agent against a tough Rogue player.
The player level cap will also increase from Level 30 to Level 40. Additionally there expansion will also introducing an infinite progression system, the SHD level, and 4 new skills that can be used throughout the game.
The expansion will also introduce a new mode; Seasons—a three-month-long themed endgame event with a new main target and their network to track down, introducing them at a regular pace, each with their own stories and unique rewards. The first season begins one week after the release of Warlords of New York. In addition to the Seasonal Manhunt, Seasons will offer new in-game activities. Leagues are a series of challenges for players with opportunities to unlock rewards based on players’ ability to complete such challenges. Players will also see the return of Global Events, time-limited in game events during which a global modifier is applied to the entire game and players will be rewarded by completing specific tasks. During each Season, players will increase their Season level to unlock various rewards by participating in the various seasonal activities or even simply playing the game.
And one last thing. More Hunters! These bad ass mysterious figures will also appear in the new expansion, for those wanting even more of a challenge. For me, it means more masks for my wall!
Starting tomorrow, Wednesday February 12th for Year 1 pass holders (February 19th for all players), Episode 3 – Coney Island: The Hunt, the last episode of The Division 2’s free Year 1 post-launch content plan, will be available to play. Episode 3 serves as the prologue to Warlords of New York.
Episode 3 – Coney Island: The Hunt features two main missions, two classified assignments (for Year 1 pass holders), a new specialization, “Firewall, and new rewards as part of the referral program, as well as new weapons and an exotic weapon.
Warlords of New York, will launch on March 3rd across PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC, and UPLAY+, and later in March for Stadia.