The Division 2

One of Ubisoft's most-anticipated new titles is The Division 2, the sequel to the now very popular first game that launched back in 2016.

The current game has over 20 million registered players, a passionate community and is still being supported with updates and fresh content in the form of Global Events. While the fresh content won't be coming for much longer, agents will have an entirely new world to save soon enough.

Here's everything we know so far about The Division 2.

The Division 2 debuted at E3 2018

Heading into the first big games show of the year, all anyone really knew for sure was the name. The game itself was revealed to the world at Microsoft's Xbox press conference at the event and gave us an answer to the first big question.

The Division 2 is set in Washington D.C. The timeline is six months on from the outbreak of the first game.

The first gameplay shown in the video above looks very familiar to current players of The Division, with the cover-based combat and squads system still in play. Besides the city, the other big change to the environment is the weather.

The snow is nowhere to be seen as The Division 2 takes place during "one of the hottest summers in history."

The Division 2 release date and pricing

The Division 2

Even before E3, Ubisoft had stated its intended release schedule for The Division 2, hoping to launch before the end of the current financial year.

That translates now to a scheduled release date of March 15, 2019. It's still a way off at this point, but we won't be waiting years to get our hands on it. Only months.

It's safe to assume the usual price bracket for the standard edition of around $60, but no actual pricing has been announced yet. What has, though, is three retail editions with various content including the core game, a year 1 pass and "bonus content."

If you're really keen, Amazon is already taking pre-orders for The Division 2 in some countries, such as the UK.

The road to The Division 2

The Division

While The Division 2 is some months away, Ubisoft has already started to pave the road for its release. They've even added a new Shield Challenges feature to the first edition of The Division; by unlocking these you'll be able to get yourself some exclusive in-game items for The Division 2 at launch.

Shield Challenges go live with The Division patch 1.8.2

There's also the small matter of a pre-launch beta that's open to everyone who wants to try it out on Xbox, PC or PS4. Currently there's no date for this but it's not behind a pre-order or anything like that, just head on over to the signup page and enter your details.

In its most recent earnings report, Ubisoft confirmed that beta registrations are higher than any game in the company's history. The previous record was The Division, and signups for the sequel are four times higher already.

The Division 2 gameplay, endgame and post-launch content

Ubisoft has learned much over the two-year journey with the first game and is taking steps to address some of the lesser aspects of it for the sequel. Apparently, it was built specifically with the endgame experience in mind, and the first details of what you can expect post-story completion are pretty enticing.

For the first time, raids will be coming to The Division 2. Right now that's all we know about that, but it's just part of the additional content agents will have access to. This will include a full year of additional free story missions, map expansions, and game modes. There's also a year one pass that will be available as an extra purchase, but we're not sure yet what that will contain.

The endgame content will also introduce "brand new challenges and progression systems, unique twists and surprises" along with the raids.

The Dark Zone will return for another outing and it will still be a PvP environment and where you'll find the hottest loot on the map. But it's impossible to ignore that it wasn't always a great experience in the first game, especially for lower level and solo players.

The DZ experience in The Division 2 has been revamped so players of all levels can enjoy it. But we don't yet know what that entails.

The Division 2 raids, Dark Zone, endgame detailed

It's also important to consider the single-player experience. While The Division 2 is going to be a great experience to play with friends, in an interview with Ausgamers, Ubisoft confirmed that you can definitely play the entire thing solo.

"You can play through the entire story campaign into end-game and [then the] end-game [content], alone. [But] you can also do the same content [in] two, three, or four player co-op. Or eight player co-op, two full groups in the raid if you opt into the challenge that we're adding. So it's very important for us that you get to pick. Personally I'm a co-op player, I think the added synergies and the fact that you're playing together with other people makes it a richer experience. But many people at the office are, like, 'that's cool, I like it in certain activities. But I want to have the bulk of the experience alone when I'm out exploring'. So there's no right or wrong."

What's next for The Division 2?

There's no confirmations yet on when the next intel drop may appear, but with Gamescom on the radar, it's not unlikely we may get something to coincide with the big European gaming show.

Ubisoft also hosts (sometimes) regular "State of the Game" streams on its The Division Twitch channel, with the latest filmed on July 5. As we get closer to the launch of The Division 2 we can probably expect these streams to focus more on the sequel.

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Updated July 18, 2018: Added details on The Division Shield Challenges, the latest State of the Game and updates on gameplay.

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