A new day is dawning in The Division 2 as Agents are gearing up to head back to where it all began. The Division 2 Warlords of New York expansion is now available on Xbox One, and it’s opening up four new zones of Lower Manhattan, teeming with enemies and run by sinister new villains under the command of rogue Division Agent Aaron Keener. It’s also heralding the arrival of Seasons, which are packed with new events, new challenges, and new rewards. A new endgame advancement track, an overhauled gear and weapon stat system, and revitalized Dark Zones are among the other changes coming to The Division 2 in the biggest update to the post-pandemic open-world shooter yet.
You’ll need the base game to play the expansion but fear not: there are bundles on the Microsoft Store to get you outfitted properly. And whether you’re a seasoned Agent or a new recruit, every purchase of Warlords of New York comes with a Level 30 Boost, which you can use on any of your Agents to jump right into New York City.
Specifically, you’re heading to Lower Manhattan, where a recent summer hurricane has left areas like Chinatown and Wall Street in ruins. Hardy locals are banding together for survival in the storm-wracked city, but the situation is fraught, to say the least. Into this power vacuum steps Aaron Keener, the original rogue Agent, and his four lieutenants, also rogue Agents with their own ideas on how to succeed where the Division failed. Unfortunately, their definition of “success” involves a new biological threat to civilization, so it’s up to you and your fellow Agents to hunt them across the four new zones. As you take out each lieutenant, you’ll earn a new Skill for your trouble, including a deceptive decoy, a shocking trap, and the return of an explosive old favorite: the sticky bomb launcher.
Beyond the hunt for Keener lie a host of new endgame challenges that offer new ways to test your skills, and new rewards to customize your Agent’s look and loadout. They are organized in Seasons, which as three-month-long events that encompass a variety of new content, starting with a Seasonal Manhunt for new high-priority targets in New York and D.C. The first Season kicks off on March 10.
Seasons will also include Global Events that activate combat modifiers to switch up the way you play; for example, the first Global Event, Polarity, assigns a positive or negative charge to both you and your enemies. Attack enemies with the same charge as you to deal extra damage, and switch between polarities by reloading, swapping weapons, or melee-ing an enemy to avoid the shocking consequences of attacking a foe of the opposite charge.
Additionally, new Leagues will offer a way to measure your enemy-slaying skills against other players in timed PvE challenges with leaderboards. And while Global Event and League challenges offer their own rewards, anytime you participate in any seasonal activity or simply play the game during the Season, you’ll increase your Season Level and earn loot from the seasonal progression track. Players who want to collect additional rewards for their progress can purchase a Season Pass, but for the first Season, the Season Pass is free as part of your Warlords of New York purchase.
With so much do to, active Agents will soon be well on their way to the new level cap of 40, but your progression won’t stop there. A new SHD level system gives you a way to continually improve your Agent’s base stats as you face down more and more foes. Significant changes to the loot system make weapon and gear stats more clear, enabling you to more easily put together an impactful loadout and see the results in combat, whether you’re taking on the factions of NYC and D.C. or braving the Dark Zones, which have been refreshed with a simpler Rogue mechanic and more rewarding player-to-player interaction.
Today is the day, Agents. The Warlords of New York expansion is available now, and the streets of New York City aren’t going to clean themselves up. Grab the expansion from the Microsoft Store, send up a flare to recruit a few allies, and show Keener and his crew what real Division Agents are made of.
The Division 2 – Warlords of New York – Expansion