The Division 2: New game mode in development for next major update

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Last month, Ubisoft Massive announced plans to continue supporting Tom Clancy’s The Division 2 with new content set to be released later this year. Development on this new content is still very early in the process, but Ubisoft did offer players a sneak peek at what’s to come.

"In the next major update, we are looking to bring a game mode that is entirely new to the franchise."

Ubisoft offered no additional details on what this mode will be, so it’s anybody’s guess. I’m hoping it’s a PvE-centric mode. In September of last year, The Division 2 added The Summit with Title Update 11. Available for those who owned the Warlords of New York expansion, The Summit challenged players to climb a 100-story skyscraper floor-by-floor, while clearing out enemies on each.

The Summit offered players a new challenge as well as a simplified way to farm for loot. When entering the building, you could set your loot table to search for specific gear. As someone who returned to the game after a long hiatus, it helped to be able to focus on the specific gear pieces that I needed. I honestly don’t know what Ubisoft could add to the game to build upon what is already offered, but that’s what makes this exciting.

Ubisoft also confirmed they are “investigating new ways to progress your agent with an emphasis on increasing build variety and viability.”

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One of the biggest complaints with The Division 2, especially in the early days, was the lack of viable builds. It’s improved since then — especially with Title Update 12’s focus on Skill-based builds — but there’s definitely a case to be made for more variety. To Ubisoft’s credit, I play with a group of four friends, and all of our builds are vastly different and, for the most part, equally effective.

So this is what players can look forward to for the future of The Division 2. Ubisoft estimates that the new update will take several months to complete, which means we probably won’t see it released until late 2021 at the earliest. I’m still hopeful that we’ll get our first official look at the update this summer, assuming Ubisoft hosts some sort of E3-related virtual conference.