Tom Clancy’s The Division 2 launches on PS4, Xbox One, and PC in only a couple of weeks, and just as Ubisoft did with the previous title, the developer plans to support it with a regular stream of free post-release content. Ahead of the game’s upcoming open beta, Ubisoft has outlined the content it has in store for The Division 2 during its first year.
Following the game’s release on March 15, Ubisoft will gradually introduce new episodes, modes, specializations, and more. It all begins with Tidal Basin, a new stronghold that’s set to arrive «shortly after launch.» Also coming not long after release will be Operation Dark Hours, the series’ first eight-player raid.
Following that, Ubisoft will roll out The Division 2’s first post-launch episode, titled D.C. Outskirts: Expeditions, this summer. This episode will feature two additional main missions, as well as a new mode that has players «investigate the fate of a lost convoy.» The second episode, Pentagon: The Last Castle, will follow sometime in fall and likewise introduces two new main missions, while episode 3 rounds out the year this winter.
All of the aforementioned content will be available to all players for free, but if you’d like to jump into it early, Ubisoft is also offering a Year 1 Pass for the game. The pass costs $40 USD and will grant players seven-day early access to all post-launch episodes during the game’s first year, as well as instant access to any new specializations. Pass holders will also get eight Classified Assignments and a slew of exclusive cosmetics.
In addition to the free content, The Division 2 will feature an in-game Apparel Store, which will sell cosmetic items. Ubisoft stresses these will be optional and won’t give those who spend money in the game an advantage over those who do not. You can read more about The Division 2’s first year of content on the game’s website.
The Division 2’s open beta runs on PS4, Xbox One, and PC from March 1-4. It will feature three main missions and five side missions. Unlike the previous private tests, the level cap will also be raised to 8, and there will be an additional Skirmish PvP map (Capitol Ruins) and Skill (Chem Launcher).