Ubisoft announced that a narrative-driven expansion for Tom Clancy’s The Division 2 is coming in March that will bring players to a new devastated open world in South Manhattan, New York City.
The DLC titled Warlords of New York is set to launch on March 3, 2020, on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC and will launch on Stadia at a later undetermined date in March. A prologue for the expansion titled “Episode 3 – Coney Island: The Hunt” will be available for download starting tomorrow, Feb. 12, for Year 1 pass holders and on Feb. 19 for all The Division 2 players.
“In Tom Clancy’s The Division 2 Warlords of New York, Division Agents will go on the ultimate manhunt for Aaron Keener, a former Division Agent who has now gone rogue. Keener, along with his network of Rogue Agents, is now a major threat to the burgeoning rebirth of civilization. To track down Keener, Agents will roam the untamed living open world 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. Agents are tasked to explore new zones, each with iconic locations such as Two Bridges, Chinatown, and Wall Street. To get to Keener, players must take down each of his Rogue Agents. Each Rogue Agent has their own unique back story and skill – which you gain once you take them down.”
According to a press release by Ubisoft, current The Division 2 players have the option to purchase the expansion on its own for $29.99 while new players who purchase the standard edition of the game will include the base game in addition to the Warlords of New York expansion. An Ultimate Edition will give players access to the base game and expansion in addition to all of The Division 2’s Year 1 content, classified assignments and unlocked specializations.
Ubisoft said that to play Warlords of New York, all players must be at Level 30 and have reached World Tier 5 to join. Each edition of the game will come with a Level 30 boost that players can activate to immediately jump into the New York expansion. Following the DLC campaign, players will have the ability to fast travel freely between New York City and Washington DC.
Looking Beyond Warlords
In addition to the news about Warlords of New York, Ubisoft shared what they deemed to be “the ultimate vision” of the expansion:
“After taking the time to hear and gather community feedback, core gameplay enhancements have been implemented across various topics such as build diversity, gear streamlining and even more meaningful loot.
Along with The Division 2 Warlords of New York, Title Update 8 will include an RPG overhaul, allowing players to better read and manage their 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. Additionally, players will see a more streamlined gear recalibration system, with item and stat usefulness indicators, as well as permanent attribute and stat storage at the recalibration station. This will allow Agents the flexibility to plan the perfect build.
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.
In The Division 2 Warlords of New York, the players’ level cap will increase from Level 30 to Level 40, but it doesn’t stop there. The Division 2 Warlords of New York is also introducing an infinite progression system, the SHD level, and 4 new skills that can be used throughout the game. Owners of the expansion will also get access to new gear and new weapons.”
The expansion for The Division 2 is going to introduce Seasons, Leagues and a return of Global Events:
“The expansion will also introduce a new post-launch philosophy: Seasons – a 3-month-long themed endgame event with a new main target and his 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 The Division 2 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 grow their Season level to unlock various rewards by participating in the various seasonal activities or even simply playing the game. Players interested in collecting additional rewards can acquire a Season Pass. More information on Seasons and the Season Pass can be found [here].”