While a lot of people are still exploring Pandora in Borderlands 3 or revisiting the moon in Destiny 2: Shadowkeep, Ubisoft announced a release date and what to expect from the second episode of The Division 2.
Year 1 pass holders will be able to check it out on Oct. 15 and available for everyone on Oct. 22. Though, fret not, the improvements, new PVP mode and additional conflict map will be available to all on Oct. 15. Given the staggering amount of things to look forward to, Ubisoft is already calling it the largest content update for the game thus far and given all the changes, that isn’t terribly surprising.
Here are all the things you can expect in The Division 2: Episode 2 Pentagon: The Last Castle:
Two New Main Missions
At the beginning of Episode 2, players will investigate a transmission from a fellow Agent scouting the Pentagon for the perfusion bioreactor. Securing the bioreactor would allow Agents to replicate the antiviral samples recovered at Tidal Basin. Agents must navigate flood damage and Black Tusk forces to take back The Last Castle. After securing their safe house, players will be able to access the two replayable main missions of Episode 2
First Main Mission – Pentagon: Agents will discover the location of the perfusion bioreactor inside the Pentagon’s underground research facility. The Black Tusk have already infiltrated the lab and are attempting to extract the reactor.
Second Main Mission – DARPA Research Labs: Players must make their way through the Pentagon and into the DARPA Labs, as the Black Tusk are in the process of transporting the perfusion bioreactor through an abandoned Cold War tunnel network.
New “Technician” Specialization: Effective October 15, Year 1 pass holders will instantly unlock the Technician Specialization. Players who do not own the Year 1 pass can unlock the Technician Specialization by completing a series of objectives. Additional rewards, including a signature weapon skin, are also available once the specialization is unlocked. The latest specialization includes:
Signature Weapon: P-017 Launcher – a multi-missile launcher. Agents can lock-on and hit up to six enemies (depending on available ammo). With a simple push of a button, six missiles are unleashed to seek out their targets.
Sidearm: Maxim 9
Skill Variant: Artificer Hive
Grenade Mod: EMP Grenade
Classified Assignments (Exclusive only to Year 1 Pass holders): Agents can take on two new Classified Assignments at a Boathouse and Embassy.
Marina: Outcasts have been moving weapons and supplies into a boathouse on the Potomac River, which was used as a transport depot during the outbreak to move assets to the Potomac Center and Roosevelt Island. Agents must investigate and seize all the weapons they can find.
Embassy: A Joint Task Force helicopter filled with supplies was shot down by the Outcasts and crashed through the roof of the Mexican Embassy in Washington D.C. Agents will be tasked to locate the helicopter rescue the pilot and secure the supplies before the Outcasts get there.
The latest title update also brings an unprecedented number of fixes and improvements, as well as a brand new PvP mode.
Major Fixes and Improvements
Players will see significant game improvements in The Division 2 effective October 15. These improvements were developed thanks to community feedback on game forums and following last month’s Elite Task Force workshop, during which community members visited Ubisoft Massive studio in Malmö, Sweden to share thoughts and ideas about the game. Fixes and improvements include:
Named Items overhauled
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
New Conflict PvP ModeUbisoft Press Release
The new Team Elimination PvP mode pits two teams of four into a best-of-seven round battle in D.C. Rounds will end once an entire team has been eliminated or time has expired. Team Elimination provides a teamwork focused tactical experience for players. Team Elimination takes effect on October 15.
New map: The “Wharf”
The new map ‘Wharf’ is on par with previous PvP maps in terms of size and takes players to an abandoned fishing harbor. It offers tactical gameplay opportunities, through flanking routes and raised positions.
While this is a lot of great news, it comes with some bad news too. In an effort to make up for previous mistakes, the second raid has been delayed so The Division 2‘s team can ensure fans get the experience they expect.
Finally, if you haven’t checked out The Division 2 yet, there will be a free weekend later this month that seems to be limited to Xbox owners.