Updated: Feb 24, 2019
Tom Clancy's The Division 2 Closed Beta was a hit with our community members. We can now confirm 19 release day players. If you haven't pre-purchased the game, don't miss out. Open Beta starts March 1st - 4th. Join us from 7pm each evening as we level together! Clan page set up on Uplay will be ready day one along with player recruitment.
What changes can we expect from Division 2?
This is one of the biggest and most obvious additions. Upon reaching the level cap in The Division 2, you’ll have access to three new progression trees as part of the new Specialization system. Survivalist, Sharpshooter, and Demolitionist are your options, with each offering a signature weapon and unlocking a set of unique skills and mods.
You’re also not locked into one Specialization after choosing it, you can swap between them and level each of them up if you want. Some of your existing skills will complement what each Specialization brings, so it’d be a good idea to spec in certain ways.
2. Bullet spongy enemies
The original Division was mocked for having too many human enemies who take way too many shots to take down. It wasn’t just jarring, it made the action a bit stale. The Division 2 shouldn’t have this problem.
The weaker enemies go down much quicker in the sequel, and the bigger bosses have their armour represented on their bodies. When you break their armour, you’ll see them react as the various plates fall off them. To say nothing of the more visible weak points you can use for an even shorter time to kill.
3. Free DLC
If you tuned in to the Ubisoft E3 2018 showcase, you’ll have seen the post-launch plan reveal. The Division 2 is getting a full year worth of DLC completely free for all players.
The roadmap shows new areas, story missions, and modes available every three months.
NPCs play a bigger role in the world of The Division 2. Although safe houses will return, Settlements are the interesting new addition. These will form after liberating certain parts of the map. NPCs will move in and claim the area.
This will in turn spawn a trader in that settlement, and a chain of side quests that task you with retrieving supplies.
5. Eight-player raids
Raids are the one other big addition The Division 2 players should look forward to. While the original game had Incursions – a high-level end-game activity for four players – they weren’t as challenging as what you’d normally associate with a raid.
Raids, on the other hand, should have more complex mechanics that require coordination, and will obviously support eight players. Details are slim about these right now, but we’re glad to hear they’re coming.
6. Looting quality-of-life improvements
The Division 2’s UI has been updated to make looting more intuitive. You’ll be able to automatically dismantle unwanted items, and even sort certain items into junk the minute you pick them up, without having to tag them later.
Did you know?
In order to unlock any of these endgame classes you will need to have reached the max level cap of 30 and finished the campaign of The Division 2.
The Division 2 Specializations
While we know three The Division 2 Specializations, we don’t know much about what kind of rewards progress in these endgame classes will present players with. Here are the signature weapons for each class and how they work, but it’s worth remembering that the weapon is only the very start of this additional layer of customisation.
Signature weapon: .50 Cal Sniper Rifle
Fun fact: this sniper rifle can penetrate multiple targets with a single shot, so take some time to line up the perfect shot and bring down two birds with one stone. This long-range behemoth can also stagger heavily armoured targets. While we don’t know any of the rewards this endgame Specialization will grant you, expect this class to focus on precision power.
Here’s the official description for the Sharpshooter Specialization. “A Specialization for Agents looking at taking their targets out, without them ever realizing what hit them. Sharpshooters can change the tide of a battle from afar using a powerful sniper rifle as their signature weapon.”
Signature weapon: Crossbow
This isn’t just any ordinary crossbow, the Survivalist’s signature weapon uses explosive-tipped bolts allowing you to carefully place a package of high explosives from a safe distance. These bolts are ideal against tanky enemies and will rend their armour with ease. Our best guess for this Specialization’s reward is a variety of status effect gadgets and (as hinted at by the below description) traps.
Here’s the official description for The Division 2 Survivalist. “Desperate times ask for desperate measures. Survivalists can control their surroundings using traps and status effects. They are equipped with a precision crossbow as their signature weapon to take their targets down, even in the harshest of environments.”
Signature weapon: Grenade Launcher
There’s really not much to say about this grenade launcher: fire it in the general vicinity of your problems and watch them be engulfed in flames and torn asunder. It’s safe to assume the mods and stat boosts you’ll get from the Demolitionist Specialization will make your explosions bigger and more dangerous.
Here’s what Ubisoft say about the Demolitionist Specialization. “Sometimes stealth is just not an option. Demolitionists are agents of chaos, focusing on disrupting enemy plans and entrenched positions using a grenade launcher as their signature weapon.”
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