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The Division 2 Free Episodes and Free Weekend Plans

Ubisoft's busy E3 rolls on with the announcement of plans for free episodic content coming to Tom Clancy's The Division 2 over the course of the next year. They also announce this weekend will provide everyone the chance to try out the game for free. Here's a Year 1 first look trailer and here's all the free goodness they have in the works:

The fight for Washington, DC has been raging for months in The Division 2, and over the next year, three free episodes will expand the battleground significantly. These new episodes will introduce new areas, modes, rewards, Specializations, and exotic gear and weapons as Agents face new challenges. Read on below for new details on what each free episode will bring.

If you don't own The Division 2 yet, mark your calendars for the free weekend running from Thursday, June 13 to Sunday, June 16 on Xbox One, PS4, and PC. It'll be the perfect time to explore the open world of DC and take on the diverse enemy factions creating havoc in the streets. And if you decide to purchase the game, not only will you keep all your free weekend progress, but you can also take advantage of discounts of up to 40% from June 7 to June 24.

Episode 1 D.C. Outskirts will take Agents outside of the city proper for the first time to explore the surrounding areas and woodlands as they hunt for President Ellis and the leader of the Outcasts. Among these areas will be the Washington National Zoo, where Agents will deal with threats throughout 11 different biomes. This episode will also introduce Expeditions mode, which will confront players with cooperative challenges to take on every week as they progress through different wings of Trinity College. Episode 1 D.C. Outskirts will release in July 2019, and Year 1 Pass holders will get early access to the episode one week before it launches for all players.

Episode 2 Pentagon: The Last Castle is slated for fall 2019. Agents will have to deal with elevated Black Tusk activity and tackle three new main missions inside one of America's most iconic buildings. Additionally, The Division 2's toughest challenge—Operation Dark Hours—will be getting some company as Episode 2 introduces a second 8-player raid. This time, players will travel to a remote foundry and take on the True Sons.

Episode 3 Brooklyn: Homecoming will take players back to New York City to confront new challenges at Coney Island. A nemesis is trying to spread the Green Poison virus, and a showdown is imminent when this episode arrives in early 2020.

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3. Re: The Division 2 Free Episodes and Free Weekend Plans Jun 11, 2019, 12:52 aka_STEVE
 
Yep , the free content is cool and all - KUDOS !

...but how exactly did they decide to actually regress some of the crafting & progress they made learning from #1 to make it worse or harder in the sequel. ??

Too many goofy decisions that in no way came from the community discussions ...
 
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2. Re: The Division 2 Free Episodes and Free Weekend Plans Jun 11, 2019, 11:00 MacLeod
 
MoreLuckThanSkill wrote on Jun 11, 2019, 07:31:
Well, more content is good, the general gameplay loop is good, but loot/skills/crafting need a fairly large overhaul.

It's odd, because the systems in D1 are better than the ones in D2. I get that its a loot-based game, and RNG is needed, but

"lets put up to 4 attributes (out of a pool of "a lot") and up to 2 talents on each piece of gear, only let you modify one attribute or talent, and the attribute you modify to has to be the same type (offense, defense or utility)."

only makes it practically impossible to get a piece of gear to upgrade. Not to mention the overlap of quality in gearscore. Oddly, I think if they let you modify one talent and one attribute, or let you switch the color of the one attribute you could mod, it would go a long way to fixing the loot.

Now crafting, other than exotics, I don't even see the point. Lets make a random gear piece, with random attributes and talents, in a random gear score range, and, oh yea, make it so you can't modify crafted pieces. It's just a waste of materials.

 
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1. Re: The Division 2 Free Episodes and Free Weekend Plans Jun 11, 2019, 07:31 MoreLuckThanSkill
 
Well, more content is good, the general gameplay loop is good, but loot/skills/crafting need a fairly large overhaul.

They've started the extremely slow(apparently) process of doing that, but I don't know if the playerbase is going to hang around until they actually finish. My coop group is already grumbling and looking for something else to play.

It certainly feels like most people have quit playing already.
 
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