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Warlords of New York comes to The Division 2 This March. Brings New Narrative and Gameplay Changes

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If you have missed the leaks, followed by the Livestream reveal, here is everything you need to know about Warlords Of New York. The latest expansion coming to The Division 2, on the 3rd of March 2020.

First thing first, what is the expansion about. Warlords of New York is a narrative-driven expansion, in which The Division Agents will go on the ultimate manhunt for Aaron Keener, a former Division Agent who has now gone rogue. Keener, along with his network of Rogue Agents, is now a major threat to the rebirth of a civilization. To track down Keener, Agents will roam the untamed living open world of Lower Manhattan, a former Dark Zone recently hit by a devastating hurricane that hit New York City harder than anywhere else in the US. Agents are tasked to explore new zones, each with iconic locations such as Two Bridges, Chinatown, and Wall Street. To get to Keener, players must take down each of his Rogue Agents.  Each Rogue Agent has its own unique back story and skill – which you discover once you take them down. (Wow hadn’t seen that mechanic in a Ubisoft game before).

But new missions are not all that Warlords Of New York brings to the game. Title Update 8 will include an RPG overhaul, allowing players to read and manage their gear inventory more easily. The UI screen will be updated to always show the roll ranges for each stat on a piece of gear or weapon. The overhaul also includes the return of god rolls, improving readability and helping players make better decisions on the gear’s usefulness to their build. Additionally, players will see a more streamlined gear recalibration system, with the item and stat usefulness indicators, as well as the permanent attribute and stat storage at the recalibration station. This will allow Agents the flexibility to plan the perfect build. The existing Dark Zones in The Division 2 are also being revitalized, returning to a simpler rogue mechanic. The focus is on rewarding player-to-player interaction, whether it’s fighting against each other, or helping a fellow Agent against a tough Rogue player.

The players’ level cap will also increase from Level 30 to Level 40, but it doesn’t stop there. The Division 2 Warlords of New York is also introducing an infinite progression system, the SHD level, and 4 new skills that can be used throughout the game. Owners of the expansion will also get access to new gear and new weapons.

But that’s not all….

Introducing Seasons, including Leagues and the Return of Global Events

The expansion will also introduce a new post-launch philosophy: Seasons – a 3-month-long themed endgame event with a new main target and his network to track down, introducing them at a regular pace, each with their own stories and unique rewards. The first season begins one week after the release of The Division 2 Warlords of New York. In addition to the Seasonal Manhunt, Seasons will offer new in-game activities.

Leagues are a series of challenges for players with opportunities to unlock rewards based on players’ ability to complete these challenges.  Players will also see the return of Global Events, time-limited in-game events during which a global modifier is applied to the entire game and players will be rewarded by completing specific tasks.

During each Season, players will grow their Season level to unlock various rewards by participating in the various seasonal activities or even simply playing the game. Players interested in collecting additional rewards can acquire a Season Pass.

But what about Year 1?

Starting today – Wednesday, February 12th – for  Year 1 pass holders (February 19th for all players), Episode 3 – Coney Island: The Hunt, the last episode of The Division 2’s free Year 1 post-launch content plan, will be available to play. Episode 3 serves as the prologue to The Division 2 Warlords of New York.

Episode 3 – Coney Island: The Hunt features two main missions, two classified assignments (for Year 1 pass holders), a new specialization, “Firewall, “and new rewards as part of the referral program, as well as new weapons and exotic weapon.

How Can I Get My Hands On It?

Current The Division 2 players will be able to purchase the expansion on its own, whilst new players can purchase the Standard Edition, which includes The Division 2 base game and The Division 2 Warlords of New York expansion. The Ultimate Edition, which gives players both the game and the expansion, as well as all of The Division 2’s Year 1 content, classified assignments, and unlocked specializations, will also be available.

That’s a lot of content coming to The Division 2 this March, plus the game mechanic change and the advent of Season may be changing the way in which the game is played in a fundamental manner. It’s a good time to be a Division 2 player right now. We definitely enjoyed our hands-on review of the game, and we will definitely be there to try out the new expansion. Let us know if you are excited about the Warlords Of New York in the comments.

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