After a closed beta and an open beta that set a new record for public interest to the tune of 6.4 million active players over the course of a weekend, Tom Clancy's The Division is set to be available to the public on March 8. Leading up to the release, developer Ubisoft has outlined their plans for post-release content coming to the MMO-lite set in a post-calamity Manhattan. Some of these updates will be free to anyone who owns the game, while some larger content updates will be paid DLC.
Right out of the gate players will be able to take part in weekly singleplayer events in addition to weekly Dark Zone missions where they can acquire special loot and upgrades. While these events will be ongoing, there will also be larger free content updates coming soon after the game's release.
The first one of these will be released at some point in April and will add incursions to the game. Incursions are end-game challenges where squads of players will face off against seemingly endless waves of high-level enemies for endgame weapons and gear. This update will also add player trading to the game so you can trade weapons and equipment acquired during co-op missions.
The second free update will be coming in May will add new features to the Dark Zone PvP area and an incursion mission set in the Columbus Circle, a traffic intersection that was one of the busiest places in Manhattan before the calamity.
In addition to the free updates there will be 3 paid updates that add new major content to the game and advances the game's story. These expansions will also add new weapons, upgrades and equipment to the game that you won't be able to acquire through other means.
The first expansion, titled 'Underground' and set to release somewhere in June, expands the game's underground transit system which adds missions specifically tailored for 3-man squads as you fight enemies in the vast underground tunnel networks of the American metropolis.
The second expansion, titled 'Survival' and set to be released in the summer, adds new survival features to the game as you try to survive as long as possible in hostile territory as you gather and extract supplies.
The third and final expansion of the first year of content is called 'Last Stand' and sees players team up to fight and as of yet unknown new foe. This last expansion is scheduled for release in the winter of 2016.
The Division is coming out on March 8 for PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One and reviews for the title won't be happening until past release date due to Ubisoft's decision to not activate codes until the full server population is online.
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