The Warlords of New York expansion is coming to The Division 2 next week on March 3, but that’s not the only new addition brewing for the month of March. Seasons will launch soon with a host of events, including a Seasonal Manhunt, Global Events, Leagues, Apparel Events, and more. Associate Creative Director Yannick Banchereau and Senior Game Designer Trick Dempsey offered new details about all of these new systems and answered questions about seasonal progression in this week’s episode of State of the Game. At a glance:
- Season 1 begins on March 10, taking place in both DC and NYC and continuing the story of The Division 2.
- Every activity will give players XP towards Season levels (to unlock a host of rewards) and SHD levels (to further improve your Agent’s endgame stats).
- The Division 2 is hosting a free weekend from February 27 to March 2 on PC, Xbox One, and PS4. Players will receive a free mask for logging in during the weekend, and any progress made will carry over if players purchase the full game.
Maintenance was performed yesterday
- The team changed the Level 30 Character Boost to only grant materials, caches, and credits once per account. The intention of this care package is to give new and returning players a small, one-time boost.
- The team will also address the issue that materials went over the cap with Title Update 8 / Warlords of New York next week.
Free Weekend from February 27 to March 2
- All players who log in during the free weekend will receive a free in-game mask.
- Any progress made during the free weekend will carry over if players purchase the full game (which is now on sale for up to 95% off at the Ubisoft Store).
ENDGAME INTENTIONS AND UPDATES
- There are a lot of new challenges and rewards coming and the team wanted to make it clear what activities will yield which rewards, so that players have the freedom to choose what goals to pursue.
- The team wanted to create a much clearer progression of new gear throughout the different challenge levels, i.e. activities at one difficulty level will yield gear targeted at the next level. Gear changes will apply to all players of The Division 2.
- The Warlords of New York endgame also extends to DC activities, which are raised to the level cap of 40 and contribute to players‘ Season progression.
- Bounties have been simplified, the target intel system has been removed.
- The Priority Target network still exists in DC for players without the expansion, but in the Warlords of New York expansion it is replaced with Seasonal Manhunts.
What are Seasons?
- Seasons will continue the narrative after the end of the Warlords of New York campaign.
- They are a large part of the new endgame and each one runs for 12 weeks.
- Seasons include weekly in-game activities that start and end on Tuesday; the length is dependent on the activity itself.
- Along with new seasonal targets, new items, and a new skill mod, Seasons bring new events including Seasonal Manhunt, Global Events, Leagues, and Apparel Events.
- Seasonal items granted along the seasonal progression track will also be available in the general loot pool.
- Each Season will have 100 levels, and the team’s goal is to have each level require a similar amount of time as a Field Proficiency Cache.
- Every activity will give you XP towards Season Levels and SHD levels.
- Narrative target briefings continue the story of The Division 2 after the Warlords of New York.
- New targets unlock every 3 weeks. Targets are available throughout the season after being unlocked, which allows players to join in late for the Seasonal Manhunt.
- Take down the first four targets to unlock the prime target.
- Take down the prime target to earn a unique skill mod.
- The prime target will have a revamped Target Mission, with new factions occupying the area in order to give players a unique encounter.
- Manhunts can be repeated in Normal, Hard, Challenge, and Heroic difficulty mode.
- A one-week long celebration of a new target becoming available.
- XP Bonus will be active, affecting not only Seasons but also SHD Level and Field Proficiency.
- Gameplay modifiers that spice up gameplay with unique effects that can be activated and de-activated by players.
- Global Events last one week, and there are three Global Events per Season.
- They include Challenges that unlock on a daily basis. Players earn stars, rank up, and unlock Global Event rewards. This reward progress is separate from SHD Level and Season Level.
- Playing Global Events and completing Challenges rewards players with big chunks of XP that applies to their Season Level and SHD Level.
First Global Event is Polarity
- Players and enemies will have a visible positive or negative charge.
- Attacking an enemy with the same polarity as yourself will do increased damage.
- Attacking an enemy with the opposite polarity will have shocking consequences.
- Switching weapons, reloading, and melee-attacking enemies will change your polarity.
- Special weapons, Skills, and grenades are not affected by the polarity.
- Leagues include faction-based PvE challenges that players complete for rewards. The first League is the Westside League focusing on defeating Outcasts.
- Compare times and compete with others through time attack leaderboards, and fulfill other challenges to rank up.
- Rank up and earn rewards. League progress is separate from SHD Level and Season Level, but doing League activities will contribute to your SHD Level and Season Level.
- Players must be level 40.
- Receive an Apparel Event Cache every few SHD Levels.
What are the rewards for participating in Seasons?
- Players can unlock a unique Skill mod by completing the Global Manhunt.
- On the free track of seasonal progression, players can also unlock gear (including the Striker gear set, the System Corruption gear set, one exotic item, and named items) and arm patches.
- There is also a premium track for seasonal progression. It costs $10, and the first one is included in the Warlords of New York expansion.
- Premium track rewards include a unique season outfit, unique named weapon skins, additional randomized seasonal gear, crafting materials, apparel keys, emotes, unique gear dyes, Faction Keys, and textiles, as well as all the rewards offered in the free track.
- Global Events & Leagues reward up to 10 guaranteed rewards each, including two unique cosmetic rewards and eight caches of gear.
How long will it take me to achieve Season Level 100?
- Level 100 is meant to be meaningful and aspirational.
- Players who participate frequently and consistently should not have any difficulties getting to Level 100.
- Season Level rewards in both the free and premium track are designed to give out the majority of seasonal gear early in the track.
- The team doesn’t want players to feel forced to complete the season to get a lot of value out of playing it.
- As mentioned above, the team is aiming to make a Season Level take similarly long to how Field Proficiency works now.
Seasonal Level Skips
- The team recognizes that there are a lot of different types of players in the community. Some will play every free minute they can get, others will have not as much time on their hands.
- Depending on playtime, 100 Season Levels are achievable with a little effort, but of course not all players will have the ability to do so.
- To help with this, the team will be allowing players to purchase Season Level skips as a catch-up mechanic.
- These will be available towards the end of the season depending on how players engage with the season. The team wants to make sure they are fine-tuning the season experience before unlocking the Level Skips.
- The current plan is to have this purchase available sometime in the final few weeks of the season.
Where do Seasons happen?
- Seasons take place in both D.C. and NYC.
When do Seasons start?
- Season 1 starts March 10.
- This should offer players plenty of time to play the campaign and explore NYC before the season.
ANIMATED SHORT VIDEO
- Check out the animated video short introducing Keener and his lieutenants.
- Read our article on the Warlords of New York animated short for insights from the creative team that produced it.
CRAFTING BENCH Q/A WITH NIKKI KUPPENS, SENIOR GAME DESIGNER
- When you enter Warlords of New York, your crafting bench is reset to blue level in order to be in-line with the gear you find.
- Players can upgrade the bench to improve the level of their crafted weapons and gear.
- The crafting bench is going back to a range of power, rather than guaranteeing gear score 500 (or the new max, gear score 515) at the highest level.
- Exotics are going to change as well, and you won’t be able to boost them to level 40 straight out of the gate.
The Warlords of New York expansion is coming to The Division 2 on March 3. To read more about the myriad challenges and new open world of the expansion, check out our Warlords of New York preview. For more on the latest updates, visit our Division 2 news hub.