The Division 2 8-player raid, Operation Dark Hours, goes live May 16

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Following the release of Title Update 3, Ubisoft has finally announced when players can expect to tackle the new 8-player raid, Operation Dark Hours.

Well, that didn’t take long. Title Update 3 for Tom Clancy’s The Division 2 arrived today with the highly anticipated 8-player raid, Operation Dark Hours; however, the raid is not actually open to players just yet. In the patch notes, Ubisoft promised more details soon, and apparently they meant it.

Announced just minutes ago, Operation Dark Hours will go live globally on Thursday, May 16 at 6:00 p.m. CEST / 9:00 a.m. PT.

Accompanying the announcement is a new trailer, offering our first look at Operation Dark Hours, which promises to be the “toughest of all challenges to date.”

Ubisoft didn’t get too specific with what will be featured in the raid, only teasing that players will have to “figure out the fight mechanics and work closely as a team to execute their strategy in order to overcome these tenacious opponents.” It doesn’t seem like environmental puzzles will play a major factor in the raid, as we’ve seen in other games like Destiny 2. Rather, it seems like the bosses themselves will bring their own challenge. Hopefully, it’s not just a series of waves with a bullet sponge boss.

Operation Dark Hours will take place in the Washington National Airport, currently under control by the Black Tusks, who you’ve probably been fighting for quite a while now if you’ve already reached the endgame. The raid itself is only accessible to those who have reached World Tier 5 and completed Tidal Basin, both of which were introduced with last month’s Title Update 2.

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Ubisoft teases of the raid:

"Capturing the airport will strike a significant blow to their operations. Players will discover that the technology available to the Black Tusk is even more advanced than what they had to face so far."

Of course, you can expect plenty of rewards for your efforts. This includes exclusive loot, such as new gear sets and an exotic weapon.

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Perhaps the greatest of rewards is world fame. Ubisoft has announced that the first team to successfully complete Operation Dark Hours when it goes live will be “forever immortalized in-game.” A team photo and each player’s name will be displayed in the White House for everyone to see.

Other players who complete the raid before May 23 will receive a commemorative Arm Patch. Anyone who completes the raid after May 23 will receive a clan banner icon and a trophy in their clan space.

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Operation Dark Hours arrives alongside Title Update 3 which is one of the game’s largest post-launch updates. In addition to the raid, it brings two Classified Assignments for Year 1 Pass holders, a Dark Hours Apparel event for exclusive cosmetics, exclusive raid gear and tons of gameplay balance adjustments.

The Division 2 Title Update 3 is now live. Full patch notes can be seen here. As a reminder, the update does not increase the game’s max Gear Score to 515; however, it does bring plenty of changes to mods, talents, weapons and gear, so you’ll probably want to experiment with builds.