Ubisoft has announced that its third-person shooter The Division 2 will get an eight-player raid, playable from 3am AEST Friday 17 May. Titled “Operation Dark Hours”, this is the first time an eight-player raid will appear in The Division franchise.
Per a press release from publisher Ubisoft, “Operation Dark Hours will bring Agents to Washington National Airport, controlled by the Black Tusks who are using it to fly in even more soldiers and supplies. Capturing the airport will strike a significant blow to their operations.”
Ubisoft says the raid will feature some of the games’ most challenging bosses yet, and reward players with exclusive loot such as new gear sets, an exotic weapon and other rewards.
Fans of The Division 2 won’t be able to rely on matchmaking to play the raid. IGN reports that a member of The Division 2’s marketing team, Alexandre Guenounou, told a fan on Twitter “there is no matchmaking, you have to team up through clan lists, their friends lists or by inviting other players in the game social spaces before you launch the raid”.
As a special incentive for dedicated fans, the first team to complete “Operation Dark Hours” after it goes live will have their team photo and names displayed in The Division 2’s White House for all players to see. All other players who complete the raid until May 23 will receive a commemorative Arm Patch.
The race to finish the raid first will be viewable on Twitch through the “Operation Dark Hours: Race to a World First” Twitch Rivals Program.
The Division 2 released earlier this year for Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC.
The Destiny franchise popularised the inclusion of raids in loot shooters, and The Division 2 is continuing this trend. I would have preferred the ability to matchmake, as it leaves players without access to an extended friends list to access the content.
Moving to an eight player raid begs the question of which loot shooter will be the first to fully embrace the MMO origins of raids and launch a 30+ person raid. Only time will tell perhaps.
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