Tom Clancy’s The Division 2 has yet to be released but Ubisoft has already laid out the one-year roadmap for the game post-launch, which includes details of its Year One pass, new content, specialisations, as well as how the game will handle monetisation.
Ubisoft will be releasing three free story episodes in The Division 2’s first year of live service which will expand on the game’s story. The episodes will introduce new narrative driven content as well as new ways to play the game.
With more details to come later, here is how Ubisoft currently describes their three upcoming episodes,
- The first Episode, D.C. Outskirts: Expeditions will take you to 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.
- The second Episode, Pentagon: The Last Castle will bring you to one of America’s most iconic locations to unveil what secrets lie inside this well protected maze.
- Our third Episode will conclude Year 1 of The Division 2 and pave the way for more thrilling content.
The company has also laid out how they will be further monetising the game post-launch, by stating that there will an in-game premium shop for purchasing cosmetic items at launch. Ubisoft reiterated that their philosophy with purchasable items in-game is that it should always be optional for the players, and that the option to purchase a cosmetic item is only for those who wish to know exactly what they are buying and are looking to acquire a specific cosmetic item.
For those who do not wish to spend money in-game, The Division’s 2 will have Apparel Caches that can be earned gameplay. The Caches will contain cosmetics only and will not come with weapons, crafting materials or other gear.
Players who have purchased the Gold or Ultimate edition of the game will automatically receive the Year 1 Pass, which can also be obtained via a standalone purchase. The Year 1 Pass will give players seven days of early access to episode narrative contents. Plus instead of unlocking through regular gameplay, Year 1 Pass holders will have instant access to all of the game’s specialisations, and eight exclusive assignments, extra projects and bounties, as well as cosmetic items.
The Division 2 will be released on the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC from March 15, 2019. Ubisoft has elected for the game to be available on the Epic Game Store this time round, instead of Steam.
For those who are interested in the open beta, it will be starting on March 1, 2019.