It is no secret that Tom Clancy’s The Division 2 has felt a bit stale over the past ten months. Once the Operation Dark Hours raid hit and the majority of players were unable to even get past the first boss, a huge chunk of the game’s population fell off. With the recent announcement of The Warlords of New York expansion releasing on March 3rd, many players are asking “Should I get back into the game now or wait?”
Due to the release of the final episode of free content for Year 1 and also the base game being insanely cheap, the time has come. Now is the best time possible to jump in either for the first time or after an extended break.
Episode 3 Is Here, Time to Catch Up!
The final Episode of Division 2’s year of free content has now arrived. Agents are being sent to Coney Island to conclude the narrative thread that has been running over the course of the year. Not only are the two Coney Island missions a conclusion to the Year 1 narrative, but Massive Entertainment developers have stated that they are actually also a prelude to what is coming with the new expansion in March.
Episode 3 will be a great opportunity to re-run through some of the older missions but also experience everything that has been added since launch. New missions include Camp White Oak, Manning National Zoo, The Pentagon, and D.A.R.P.A. Research Labs. Players should also experience the Kenly College Expeditions. These are a different type of experience that is more focused on exploration and problem solving than following a linear story.
Insane Sale Price
Massive has made it exceedingly clear. They want players to hop in now and in order to help these new players out, they’ve put the base game on sale for 95% off! Seriously. Go to your marketplace of choice: Xbox, Playstation, or Uplay, and see that the game is a mere three dollars (For the next week or so).
It’s difficult to describe how good of a deal this is. Even if you are not an endgame theorycrafter build-seeker, the 1-30 leveling experience in this game is far beyond worth this price of admission. Just experiencing post-apocalyptic Washington D.C. in all of its dilapidated glory was worth the game at full price. So many pieces of the city have been faithfully recreated. I urge players just looking for a new world to explore to check this out.
Farm Farm Farm Those Materials
When Warlords of New York releases, the game will also be changing a number of core systems. One of the biggest changes is coming to Recalibration, or augmenting stats on gear that you find. Players will now be able to store stats from gear to be used later, making the whole process much smoother. However, with this new focus on Recalibration comes cost.
Players are going to be headed back to the bench much more often to optimize builds. Every time they do, it’s going to require the use of in-game materials. Steel, Polymer, Carbon Fiber, and more will all become currencies to farm, and right now is as good a time as any to start stocking up. Players should also seek to hoard as many credits as possible in the meantime as well. Just pick up most of your gear as ‘junk’ and sell it wholesale as often as possible. It shouldn’t take long for those numbers to spike.
New Specialization – Firewall
Starting today, all players can also start working towards unlocking the newest Specialization: Firewall. Specializations loosely put players in a class of sorts providing special abilities, buffs, and extra benefits. With Firewall, the focus is on the new K8-Jetstream Flamethrower. Use this item to burn enemies out of hiding and into the open so your teammates can unload and delete. In addition to the Flamethrower, players will also get a new Striker Shield mod that allows for use of the K8-Jetstream while the shield is out. The mod also buffs teammates that stand behind you for extra damage. This allows for maximum efficiency if the team moves as a unit.
Unless you own the Year 1 Pass, though, Firewall needs to be unlocked through a series of five steps. Historically these steps are usually pretty straight forward but take time. Kill enemies with a specific weapon. Wipe out a certain named boss. Kill two enemies at a time with a grenade. Things like that.
What NOT To Grind
Be warned, however. Due to the changes coming in the Warlords of New York update, there are certain grinds that you should avoid. For example, it would be useless to grind a very specific and niche build right now since every piece of gear in the game is being altered to the new format and all of the numbers and Talents are changing along with them. Many talents are being removed, Damage to Elites is being removed, and many new talents are being added. This includes the bonuses provided by gear sets. For now, just put those pieces into your stash and wait to see what they look like come March.
In addition to avoiding specific gear, exotics should also be ignored for now. It was announced on the dev stream that currently owned exotics will not be able to be upgraded to the new maximum gear score or level, but will have to be re-farmed. That means that you shouldn’t take any time to grind the random drops like BTSU Gloves, Sweet Dreams, Chameleon, or others. What you should do is seek to acquire all of the crafting materials for the exotics that require crafting and hold on to those until you reach max power later this year. The Chatterbox SMG, Nemesis Sniper Rifle, Liberty Pistol, and Dodge City Gunslinger holster all require steps before you can craft them. Work on those, but be patient with the final steps.
Regardless of the major changes coming in March, there is still a wealth of things to do for both new and returning players. Grind out materials, reacquaint yourself with the world, explore new places, try out the Dark Zones, and just have a good time. Make sure to share your clips with Clutch along the way! This is the happy period where we know what’s coming in the new Update and are excited about it, but there’s very little pressure to do anything specific. Just get out there, Agent. And enjoy!