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The Division 2 release date, news, trailers and everything you need to know

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Cue the night-vision-goggle sound – Tom Clancy’s The Division 2 lands on consoles this year, and we’re super-stoked to get back into the apocalyptic world of gunfire and loot-drops.

A new location, a new threat and a whole new set of weaponry makes for an interesting return to the world, which received a mixed reception last time out.

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Ubisoft is throwing in even more cool content to pique your interest, including raids, upgraded skills and a new Dark Zone system.

We’ve trawled the internet and dissected every trailer to squeeze out as much information as we could. Check it all out below.

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The Division 2 release date: When does it come out?

The Division 2 is set for release on Friday, March 15, 2019. It will, thankfully, be available on Xbox One, PS4, and PC – though not on Steam, frustratingly.

The Division 2 beta: When is it?

A beta for The Division 2 will take place from February 7 to February 10. Those who pre-order the game will be able to participate, but others may have a chance to get in “as space allows” by registering here to sign up for the Division 2 beta.

The Division 2 trailers: What does it look like?

Mercifully, Ubisoft has given us plenty of footage to ogle at before it releases in March, and we CANNOT WAIT to get stuck into the new mechanics.

The most recent trailer from January is a 5-minute multiplayer trailer, showing off the ominously-named Dark Zone.

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The multiplayer not enough to whet your appetite? Well, how about the initial World Premier Walkthrough from E3 2018, which shows off more of the gorgeous graphics and futuristic gameplay we’ve come to expect from the Ubisoft series?

This trailer shows players team up with their buddies to save DC, complete with guns, explosions, and a bit of friendly banter among team mates. Sounds good to us!

And here is the official launch gameplay trailer from Gamescom 2018.

The Division 2 gameplay: How do we play?

The Division 2 plays out like as a third-person shooter with smatterings of RPG elements thrown in for good measure a la Destiny.

Players must venture out into the harsh world to complete missions, collect loot and shoot enemies in the face, slowly ranking up in equipment and skill as they go.

Different skills and weapons make for an incredibly diverse loadout choice – do you go loud and brash with Grenade Launchers and bombs? Or do you go stealthy and ranged, with throwing knives, stealth drones and long-range sniper rifles?

It is entirely up to you and your buddies. The PvP arena is a little different this time round, though.

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The biggest change is that there are now three Dark Zones instead of one. In the first game, you would range out into Manhattan’s dark alleys, finding supply drops, weapon and intel while evading enemy players who are out for the same reason.

Manage to escape to the LZ and you keep your loot, get killed, and you lose all your progress.

This time round, you can make a choice of either East, South, or West. These zones make up miniature servers of up to 12 players all out to murder your face.

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However, you might just get the chance to pick up and equip your loot immediately, meaning you no longer have to risk a terrifying battle to escape to keep your gear.

There are a hilarious amount of ways to cause havoc in the Dark Zone, from the simple act of stealing from a locked crate to attacking other players, which nets you a status of ‘disavowed’.

Being disavowed marks you with a red icon that other players can see. Kill enough players, and you’ll earn a bounty that invites other players to track you down and claim it.

The Division 2 story: Who, what, where, why, how?

The second instalment in the Division franchise is set in the war-torn ruins of Washington D.C., recovering from a devastating bio-chemical attack that rocked the wintery world from the first game.

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Sunshine and summer months will make a big difference this time round, with the sun-kissed Capitol Hill setting the scene, instead of the blisteringly cold New York concrete jungle. This means the world is a smidge bigger, and much more open than you may be used to.

Well, when we say a smidge, we really mean roughly 20% bigger, meaning plenty more enemies crammed into your scopes.

If you’ve played The Division before, then you’ll feel right at home with the RPG/shooter mechanics and story-telling. If you skipped the first game, think Destiny, but without the Space Wizards.

Don’t get us wrong, this is still futuristic and filled with super-cool military tech, but you wont be levitating, and you certainly won’t be getting your own Ghost to guide the way – SAD.


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