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Everything you need to know about The Division 2.

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Our Division 2 guide contains everything you need to know about Ubisoft's sequel, and will be updated with walkthroughs, combat tips and strategy advice as we get more time with the game.

The Division 2 is Ubisoft's flagship looter shooter and one which sees players take on the role of Agents attempting to save Washington D.C from the brink of collapse. Naturally, it'll require a whole bunch of ammunition, some well cushioned knee-pads and a willingess to crack open every chest possible.

As you'd expect, the map is enormous and there's a ridiculous amount to do. This can all be a little overwhelming for those new to the franchise, or even those looking to dive back into the Division's moreish grind.

To help you out, we've put together a host of information on The Division 2 and will be linking to a bunch of our guide articles as they go live on the site. Stay tuned for more in-depth guides as we get more hands on time with the game!

Essential Guides

The Division 2: Release Date

Release Date

The Division 2 will release for PC, PS4 and Xbox One on March 15th 2019.

Owners of the Gold Edition, Ultimate Edition, Dark Zone Collector's Edition or Phoenix Shield Collector's Edition will be able to access the game three days early on March 12th 2019

As it’s a live service game, expect a slew of updates over the course of the year too.

The Division 2: Latest Updates

Launch Trailer

We've posted the official launch trailer for the Division 2 just above, which highlights the plot and shows off a bunch of bombastic gameplay.

Specialisations

Once you've hit the max level cap (30) in the Division 2, there are three additional unlock paths which open up to you.

They each wield signature weapons and you can swap between them freely too, so you can swap between them dependent on the task at hand. What's more, you'll have plenty of customisation options which will let you tinker with stats and skills to better reflect your chosen playstyle.

All Specialisations

First off, this video by Arekkz Gaming does a fantastic job at breaking all of these roles down.

There's the Sharpshooter wields a long range sniper which hits very, very hard. This specialisation is fantastic for dealing huge damage to single targets and picking off particularly tough enemies without putting itself in danger.

The Survivalist uses an Explosive Tipped Crossbow as its signature weapon, which is perfect for tagging heavily armoured enemies and chunking their health bars from afar.

Finally, the Demolitionist wields a hefty grenade launcher and, well, blows enemies up. Those who choose this specialisation are great at forcing enemies out of position with carefully placed explosives, and dealing blanket AOE damage too.

Skills

As a member of The Division, you'll have access to tools and abilities which'll have a major impact on your survival. There are a total four main upgradeable skills which act as companions on the battlefield and they'll help you change the tide of battle if things get a little hairy.

Here's a quick breakdown of all four:

  • Assault Drone - "An unmanned device that can be controlled remotely and sent to unleash a special breand of hell on unwitting enemies".
  • Chem Launcher - "The Chem Launcher shoots various chemicals that disperse upon impact. Its effects vary, from explosive vapors and corrosive acids to repairing nano bots - choose wisely and neutralize any situation."
  • Hive - "While primarily a defensive tool, the offensive version is called the "Wasp Hive", where small drones are launched to cause devastating effects to targets within an area."
  • Seeker Mine - "Once activated, this mine locks onto the closest enemy target in range and rolls along the ground in their direction, detonating when it gets close enough."

For a closer look, we've linked a video by TheGamesEntertainer down below which shows all of the Skills and their variants on offer in The Division 2.

New Dark Zone Changes

  • There are now three Dark Zones dotted around the map. They are each home to different environments and layouts.
  • Base stats are now balanced in the Dark Zone for all players. This means that it more or less places everyone on a level playing field.
  • On a rotating basis, one of three Dark Zones in The Division 2 will be "Occupied". Essentially, it's a Dark Zone which goes back to the original Division's ruleset: no normalisation, friendly fire is on and anything goes.
  • There's a "Grey Rogue" status now, which means you won't be a fully fledged bad guy. You'll be teased into getting up to mischief if you want to, so it's a nice middle ground for those who want to get up to some funny business.
  • Those that choose to go Rogue will see a "Progress bar". Fill this up and you'll gain access to a secret hideout called the "Thieve's Den". Little is known about it yet, but it's meant to be full of useful stuff - presumably for mischievous agents.

PVP

  • PVP modes will be available on launch.
  • Domination and Skirmish have been revealed so far, and take place across three new maps separate from the campaign.
  • There will be PVP based progression and vanity items too.

The Division 2 System Requirements (PC)

Here’s a glance at all the Minimum, Recommended, High and 4K system requirements for PC players.

Minimum PC Requirements (1080p 60 FPS)

  • OS: Windows 7/8/10
  • CPU: AMD FX-6350
  • RAM: 8GB
  • GPU: AMD Radeon R9 270/Nvidia Geforce GTX 670
  • VRAM: 2GB
  • DirectX 11/12

Recommended PC Requirements (1080p 60FPS)

  • OS: Windows 7/8/10
  • CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 1500X/Intel Core i7-4790
  • RAM: 8GB
  • GPU: AMD RX 480/Nvidia Geforce GTX 970
  • VRAM: 4GB
  • DirectX 11/12

High PC Requirements (1440p 60FPS)

  • OS: Windows 7/8/10
  • CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 1500X/Intel Core i7-4790
  • RAM: 8GB
  • GPU: AMD RX 480/Nvidia Geforce GTX 970
  • VRAM: 4GB
  • DirectX 11/12

Elite 4K PC Requirements (4K 60FPS)

  • OS: Windows 7/8/10
  • CPU: AMD Ryzen 7 2700X/Intel Core i9-7900X
  • RAM: 16GB
  • GPU: AMD Radeon VII/Nvidia Geforce RTX 2080 TI
  • VRAM: 11GB
  • DirextX 11/12

What can we expect from The Division 2?

We've put together a quick snapshot of what you can expect from The Division 2 when it launches later this year:

  • The first details of the game were revealed on March 8th, 2018. It is being developed by Massive Entertainment, who were purchased by Ubisoft back in 2018. The studio was responsible for the first game in the series.
  • Massive is being helped with development duties by teams from the following organisations: Ubisoft Annecy, Ubisoft Bucharest, Ubisoft Shanghai, Reflections and Redstorm.
  • The game will run on an enhanced version of Massive Entertainment's Snowdrop Engine. This is the same engine that was used for the first game in the series.
  • If you're a current player of the first Division game and are worried it's about to become obsolete, don't despair. The team has pledged to continue providing updates - at least for the immediate future - and Xbox One X owners will soon receive a visual upgrade as well.
  • Those very same players of the first game will also be able to start unlocking Division 2 rewards which they'll be able to make use of when the sequel launches. Expect those challenges to be added in June, and again this will most likely tie-in with the big fanfare for the game at E3.
  • Expect more levelling, looting and grinding for gear rewards with or without friends.
  • More missions and other group activities - including eight player raids.
  • Unique abilities and weapons tied to different classes.
  • A greater focus on endgame content and a new progression path for those who get there.
  • New Specialisations for each class, skill trees and more.
  • There are Signature Weapons (super-powered, unique weapons) for each Specialisation.
  • A revamped Dark Zone!
  • A dynamic open world has been promised. Civilians can take over control points across the map, for example.
  • Enemies aren’t bullet sponges any more.

Make sure you watch the video we’ve linked above by MassiveG. It’s a great insight into how The Division 2 plays and its new upcoming features.

Series Overview

Here's a quick overview of what the first game was all about. It remains to be seen how much of the first game's themes will make it into the sequel, but this should give you a pretty decent flavour of what to expect from the gameplay:

  • The events of the first game took place in the aftermatch of a smallpox pandemic.
  • The Division is a group of agents tasked with combating criminal activity and investigating what exactly caused the outbreak in the first place.
  • As players progress through the game they earn currency - which can be used to purchase weapons and other items - and other skill points which can be used to enhanced combat performance.
  • Missions are spread across a number of different "wings": Medical, Security and Tech. Advancing the storyline and completing missions in each of these wings allows players to gain new talents and perks which aid them in combat.
  • The player-versus-player (PVP) element of the game takes place in the Dark Zone. This has a separate progression system to that of the single-player game, and sees players attempting to steal extremely powerful high-end equipment, then escaping before other players can prevent them from making off with the loot.

The Division 2: Private Beta Dates

CONCLUDED

Ubisoft has announced that The Division 2's private beta will run from Thursday, February 7th, to Monday, February 11th in Europe. It'll be available to play on Xbox One, Playstation 4 and PC.

Those who have pre-ordered the game will gain guaranteed access to the private beta, while everyone else can sign up via The Division 2's official website. Do bear in mind that space is limited, so make sure to sign up early if you want a chance at some early access shooting shenanigans.

It's worth reading the Private Beta FAQ as there are some particulars which might catch you out depending on whether you've pre-ordered the physical or digital versions of the game.

Unlike the original, The Division 2 will be skipping Steam and opting for the Epic Store instead.

That's the end of the second edition of our Division 2 guide! Once we have more information on the game we'll add it into this article. Once the game itself actually releases, we'll bring you a comprehensive walkthrough and absolutely loads of tips, tricks and strategy advice.

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