Following another major patch, it seems Ubisoft is focused now on releasing post-launch content for The Division 2, starting next week with the arrival of Tidal Basin and World Tier 5.
The first post-launch content for Tom Clancy’s The Division 2 is slated to arrive next week. In this week’s “State of the Game” broadcast, Ubisoft confirmed that Tidal Basin, the game’s final Stronghold (for now), will become available next week on Friday, April 5.
Tidal Basin serves as the Black Tusk’s stronghold, who invade the map once you complete the game for the first time. For those who have not yet reached The Division 2‘s endgame, completing the main story results in the Black Tusk private military group invade Washington D.C. and reset all of the previously complete missions.
As you replay these missions and Strongholds, which are tweaked to include the Black Tusk as enemies, you advance to different World Tier difficulties. The current max World Tier is 4, but completing the Tidal Basin stronghold will unlock World Tier 5 where you can earn weapons and armor with Gear Score between 450 and 500.
In addition to the improved gear score, the update arriving next week will also feature Gear Sets that drop from Black Tusk enemies or Invaded Missions; three sets will be available at first: True Patriot, Ongoing Directive and Hardwired (thanks, Reddit).
A Heroic difficulty setting will also be unlocked at World Tier 5. These missions are noticeably more difficult but offer better rewards. Loot here will not be exclusive to Heroic difficulty, but will drop more frequently and typically offer better stat rolls and higher Gear Score.
Ubisoft also teased that Heroic difficulty will change some of the rules, though the developer didn’t get into specifics. I’m thinking the difficulty will apply modifiers to the mission. We’ll likely find out more when the update drops alongside patch notes next week.
Finally, World Tier 5 will also feature Weekly Invasions. These occur with a weekly reset timer and completing them for the first time that week will get you a bonus reward. Invaded missions are replayable and you’re able to select the difficulty mode.
The Division 2 already has a pretty robust endgame so to see Ubisoft continue to add to it is exciting for those who have already made their way through the various World Tiers. Furthermore, the release of Tidal Basin also signifies a huge milestone for the game.
Overall, it seems Ubisoft is content with the current state of The Division 2‘s gameplay, in terms of bugs and stability. With no major issues, it seems like the developer has moved on to focusing more on post-launch content.
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Ubisoft has been efficient in recognizing and fixing bugs, but we’ve also been fortunate that The Division 2 hasn’t had any major game-breaking issues. Everything thus far has been relatively minor in the grand scheme of things. And issues that have been brought up have been addressed pretty quickly.
Following April’s Invasion update, Ubisoft has plans for three free expansions that will release as episodes over the next year. Episode 1 – D.C. Outskirts: Expeditions is slated to arrive this summer and will unlock the surrounding areas of Washington as you “chase down elite members of the Outcasts and the Black Tusks and fight for the liberation of the city in new locations.” This episode will include two new main missions, a new game mode (Lost Convoy), and a new specialization.
Two additional episodes are planned: Pentagon: The Last Castle for autumn release, and the currently untitled Episode 3 for winter.