The Division 2’s 8-player raid, Operation Dark Hours, release date announced

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Following the release of Tidal Basin, we can now look forward to the next major rollout in The Division 2 – Operation Dark Hours, arriving later this month.

On Friday, Ubisoft rolled out Invasion: Battle for D.C., the first post-launch content for Tom Clancy’s The Division 2. The update expanded The Division 2‘s endgame content with Tidal Basin, the last of the four planned launch strongholds.

If you’re like me, you have probably already beaten Tidal Basin and are now grinding Gear Score in World Tier 5 waiting for the next big event. The good news is, you won’t be waiting too long.

Alongside the release of Invasion: Battle for D.C., Ubisoft made note of some additional content coming in the near future. Most notable is the release of Operation Dark Hours, an 8-player raid “that will test the teamwork of the most experienced agents.”

Operation Dark Hours is slated to arrive on April 25, according to Ubisoft. While the developer has offered little in terms of details, we can expect more information in the coming days and weeks as we draw nearer to its release.

Given that World Tier 5 opens up Gear Score up to 500, I’m going to assume you’ll have to be well-equipped to be able to handle its difficulty. A Gear Score of 475, possibly even a max 500, will likely be required. But, again, nothing has been announced thus far.

Even further down the line will be the release of a new Specialization. Ubisoft says this is coming “in a later update,” but provided no specific timeframe.

What we do know for certain, however, is that there are three more content drops planned throughout the rest of the year. Arriving as “episodes,” this post-launch content will introduce new locations, additional main missions and more.

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Up first is D.C. Outskirts: Expeditions in Summer 2019. This will take players “to the surrounding areas of Washington to fight for the liberation of the city.” Included will be two new main missions, a new game mode and “unexpected threats.”

In Fall 2019, we’re getting the second update, Pentagon: The Last Castle. This will come with additional main missions that will take players to the Pentagon “to unveil the secrets that hide beneath one of America’s most iconic locations.”

Episode 3 is the biggest mystery, not yet having a name. It’s coming in Winter 2019 and will “close the first chapter” of The Division 2. I’m going to assume that it will bring new missions revolving around the aforementioned iconic locations.

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Perhaps best of all, Episode 3 will not mark the end of The Division 2. While it’s the last of the free content, Ubisoft says it will “pave the way for more content to come.” We’ll have to wait and see what that entails.