‘The Division’ Year One Includes Incursions As End-Game, Loot Trading, And More

Ubisoft dropped details for its Year One plans for The Division Thursday, days ahead of the game’s launch on the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. The developer has laid out its plan of releases revealing the end-game content for the first time, along with the three paid expansions, plus the ability to trade loot.

The Division will receive two free content updates first before the paid expansions begin to arrive. The first free update in April adds an end-game activity called “Incursions.” This sounds much like a Destiny-style Raid, as a squad of players faces off against high-level opponents.

The first free update also adds a loot trading system to the game. There are some restrictions, though. Players will only be able to trade loot within their squad during a co-op game session. This implies that loot earned from play inside the Dark Zone will not be tradable.

The Division‘s second free update arrives in May, and brings another Incursion with it. This time, players will explore New York’s Columbus Circle.

The three paid expansions will kick off starting in June. “Underground” comes first and takes place in New York City’s maze of tunnels and subways, as the name suggests. “Survival” is a different spin on gameplay, by challenging players to survive as long as possible by scavenging when it is released this summer. Finally, “Last Stand” will be out during the winter, and there is little detail beyond that.

As the Inquisitr previously covered, the Xbox One has timed exclusivity rights to all The Division DLC. That means PlayStation 4 and PC players will have to wait approximately a month after the free content updates and paid DLC after they are launched on Microsoft’s console.

Here are the details of the free content updates from a Ubisoft press release.

Incursions: In April, the first free update will introduce the first incursion, a new challenging end-game activity developed specifically for squad play. Teams will be able to test their skills as they face seemingly unstoppable enemies to gain high-level weapons and equipment. This update will also add one of the community’s most-wanted feature, loot trading; allowing players in the same group to trade loot collected during a co-op game session.

Conflict: In May, the second free update will add new features to the Dark Zone and add a new incursion in the iconic Columbus Circle.

And the following is the description of the three paid DLC releases for The Division.

Expansion I: Underground

Available in June, this first major expansion lets players explore the uncharted underworld of New York City. Players will chase deadly enemies with up to three other Agents through an endless maze of tunnels and subways.

Expansion II: Survival

Available this summer, this expansion will challenge players to survive as long as possible by gathering essential supplies in a very hostile environment.

Expansion III: Last Stand

Next winter, a new threat rises as players and their squad must prepare to defend against a relentless foe.

The Division (PS4, Xbox One, PC)
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The Division launches Tuesday, March 8, for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. The game will go live for console players at 12:01 a.m. local time. PC players will have to wait until early Tuesday morning.

Those who purchase the $50 The Division Season Pass can look forward to receiving additional in-game content. Ubisoft plans to host special events and exclusive content drops. Here is the full overview of the Season Pass content provided by Ubisoft.

  • The Division Expansion I: Underground
  • The Division Expansion II: Survival
  • The Division Expansion III: Last Stand
  • Exclusive Sawed-off Shotgun, a unique sidearm customized for short-range destruction.
  • Full set of exclusive outfits and weapon skins
  • Special monthly benefits including exclusive content drops and special events.

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