Available July 23 for Year 1 Pass holders and July 30 for everyone else. Outside of a rather convoluted title, Episode 1 – D.C. Outskirts: Expeditions
, this major update for The Division 2
- which we loved
- takes players outside of the Washington D.C. setting with new locations to explore and a story that picks things up where the main game left off.
From new missions and a new mode, here's an outline of what to expect.
Two New Main Missions
Camp White Oak: Division Agents stage a well-planned attack into the presidential compound, as they seek to bring the now-traitor President Andrew Ellis to justice.
Manning National Zoo: Emeline Shaw, leader of the Outcasts, fled after her defeat in D.C. and is now held up at the Zoo regaining strength. Agents are on the hunt to eliminate Shaw, nipping the Outcasts’ reawakening in the bud.
New experience: Expeditions
In this new experience, players enter Kenly College, where contact has been lost with a military convoy full of vital supplies. When they receive what appears to be a final broadcast, they form an expedition to find any surviving members in need of rescue. Expeditions will be split in three different wings for players to complete. Each wing will have a specific theme and tone, to be released on a week-by-week basis. Completing all three wings grants access to an exclusive treasure room full of rewards.
New Weapons and Gear:
One exotic weapon: Diamondback Rifle
One exotic gear: BTSU Datagloves
Two weapons: Stoner LMG and Carbine 7
Agents can take on two new classified assignments in Washington’s Central Aquarium and NSA Site B13 (Exclusive only to Year 1 Pass holders).
The update also brings some changes and updates to the game, including Discovery Difficulty setting for the Raid - Operation Dark Hours. Something that will please a lot of people on the account of The Division 2's first eight-player Raid being, well, extremely difficult. Also skills are set to get a buff in time with the release of Episode 1.
Although the description is a little vague, we're keen to check out Expeditions as a new mode in a new setting is reason enough to dive back in.