The Division 2’s first major content update launches on Tuesday 23rd July

The Division 2’s first major content update will arrive on Tuesday 23rd July for Year 1 Pass holders, Ubisoft has announced.

The content update is called DC Outskirts: Expeditions, and is the first free episode of the games Year 1 content roadmap. Players who don’t own the Year 1 Pass won’t have to wait too long to check out the update, as it will launch for all players a week later on Tuesday 30th July.

The update will add two new main missions to the game which will continue the main story from where the campaign left off. In Camp White Oak, players will attack the presidential compound in an attempt to bring the traitorous President Ellis to justice. Manning National Zoo, meanwhile, will task players with hunting down the fleeing leader of the Outcasts, Emeline Shaw, who is in hiding inside the zoo. The update will also add more new PvE content in the form of Expeditions; in this new content, players enter Kenly College in an effort to find any surviving members of a military convoy carrying vital supplies with who contact has been lost. Expeditions will be split into three different wings that will be released on a weekly basis, with each wing having its own specific theme and tone. Completing all three wings will reward players with access to a treasure room of loot.

Outside of new missions, the update will also add one new exotic weapon called the Diamondback Rifle, one new piece of exotic gear called BTSU Datagloves, and two more weapons known as the Stoner LMG and the Carbine 7. There are also two new classified assignments in the Central Aquarium and NSA Site B13, but these are exclusive to Year 1 Pass holders.

Interestingly, the update will also add an easier, more casual difficulty setting for the Operation Dark Hours raid. The difficulty setting will be called Discovery, and Ubisoft is hoping that it will “allow more players to experience The Division 2 in its entirety.” While Ubisoft promises that players will still be able to earn some great rewards while playing the Discovery difficulty, the exotic loot will still be exclusive to the raids Normal difficulty setting, so Discovery should definitely be used to train yourself up for the Normal difficulty. Surprisingly, players will be able to use a new matchmaking option to find a group for the Discovery difficulty.

The update will also allow gear crafting up to Gear Score 500 and the sharing of blueprints across characters, and crafted weapons will now be able to be recalibrated. There will also be a number of balance tweaks and improvements in the update in response to player feedback.

DC Outskirts: Expeditions will launch on PC, Xbox One, and PS4 on Tuesday 23rd July for Year 1 Pass holders, and then Tuesday 30th July for all players.

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