The Division 2: Operation Dark Hours gets a release date


Prepare for the biggest threat that awaits those who dare to face down those who seek to tear down what’s left of the world that we knew in Operation Dark Hours, later this month.

If you’re like me, you’ve already managed to blast your way with your fellow agents through the Black Tusk stronghold rightfully called ‘Tidal Basin’. You’ve even managed to grind your Gear Score through the challenging World Tier 5 setting, and you’ve even begun to collect every piece of gear you can, bringing yourself rather quickly to the 515 limits.

Now, like myself, you’re waiting for the next major jump in difficulty to happen. You’re waiting for the next big threat to come just over the hill, sending you, your clan, and even those you’ve never met into an even bigger battle than you expected to ever happen. That threat just happens to be the next major content drop called ‘Operation Dark Hours,’ an 8-player raid.

According to Ubisoft, Operation Dark Hours is set to arrive on April 25th, 2019, for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. Massive nor Ubisoft have offered very little in the terms of details and information about the upcoming raid. But there are a few assumptions that we can draw upon, which may give us a bit more information about the raid itself. We do know the current episode is called ‘Invasion: Battle for D.C.’, which will see us battling it out through World Tier 5 and the content it has to offer, including the Gear Score goal of 515.

It is quite possible that a Gear Score of 475 will be the recommended entry point, the max being 500 as the cap is certainly locked at a drop rate of 500, with a hard cap of 515 through recalibrating gear. It will also be safe to assume one will need to have completed the base campaign and post-campaign main missions, and opening up each of the strongholds, including Tidal Basin.

As Ubisoft is releasing content in the form of ‘episodes’ and ‘operations’, one can also assume that post-launch content will include new locations, new main missions, and even more customizations that can be earned. In the current 2019 Roadmap, Ubisoft has confirmed that the first episode is D.C. Outskirts: Expeditions, which will allow for players to go to surrounding areas of D.C. where they will fight against threats such as the Outcasts, True Sons, Black Tusk, and the Hyena’s once again, while two new missions will be launched alongside a new game mode and brand new and “unexpected threats”.

Up first is D.C. Outskirts: Expeditions in Summer 2019. This will take players “to the surrounding areas of Washington to fight for the liberation of the city.” Included will be two new main missions, a new game mode and “unexpected threats.” We can assume this means a new faction and maybe a bit more light being shed on those mysterious Hunters.

Following it in the fall will be a second episode that players will explore, taking them to the Pentagon as they will work to unveil the secrets that hide deep beneath one of the most iconic locations in the United States. This episode will be rightfully called ‘Pentagon: The Last Castle’.

The third and final chapter of the year is Episode 3, which has not been named, but will serve as an end-point for 2019, but not for Tom Clancy’s The Division 2. While we certainly know there are big things in the plans, we know this will be the last of the free content Ubisoft plans to drop, which will mark the beginning of something even bigger.

Tom Clancy’s The Division 2 is available for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. Be sure to stay tuned as we’ll keep you updated as more information is made available. Also, if you haven’t, be sure to check out our review for Tom Clancy’s The Division 2 and find out why we called it the “poster child for these games” today.

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