Here’s Everything Coming In The Division 2’s Huge Episode 2 Pentagon Expansion

The only two loot shooters anyone is talking about right now are Destiny 2: Shadowkeep and Borderlands 3, but that may be about to change when The Division 2 releases its second major (free) expansion next week.

This is “Episode 2” of its year of free content, a move away from the paid DLC model it had in the original game, and it’s also Title Update 6, where five previous title updates were some manner of balance patches or loot additions without big new content drops.

There’s a lot going on in Episode 2, though one notable omission. There was supposed to be a new raid that debuted alongside this other content, but it’s been delayed. I wasn’t a big fan of the first raid, though I was curious to see what they’d do for a second outing, and I guess we have to wait a little more for that.

But what is coming? Here’s the grand list:

  • There’s an introduction and a new main mission that takes place inside the Pentagon.
  • There’s a second main mission that is in a DARPA research lab.
  • There are two new Classified puzzle-type missions, though only for season pass owners (the season pass has not been a great deal considering that almost everything else released has been free).
  • There’s a new multi-missile specialization class where everyone has to do a mini-quest to unlock it except for season pass owners who get it instantly (again, blegh).
  • There’s a new Conflict PvP mode (Team Elimination) and map (The Wharf)
  • There are new changes to build diversity in that you can now get a full set bonus by only applying four pieces of a set, freeing up other slots for greater experimentation.
  • There have also been changes to loot intentionality where you can grind specific zones or activities for specific types of loot in a more logical fashion than before if you’re looking for a specific piece.
  • The Expedition Mastery system is finally arriving which may make that mode worthwhile again.
  • There are 38 new branded gear items (again, to help with gear diversity for set bonuses), a new weapon and a new exotic gear piece.

Despite the raid not being here, that’s still a solid amount of content, and it all drops next Tuesday, October 15.

Will it be enough to tear me away from Destiny and Borderlands? I’m not sure. I’ve hit the soft power cap in Destiny, but next week is Iron Banner which I want to grind. Borderlands I am kind of done with at least until they start rolling out new content like with the upcoming Halloween event and Maliwan takedown. But I’m not grinding for the sake of grinding there anymore.

The Division has always had a strange place in my gaming lineup where when I pick it up, I go hard at it, but then I will drop it completely for months at a time. I will at the very least play the new missions because the last two in the initial Episode 1 release were very good, probably some of the best I’ve ever seen from a shooter campaign at least in terms of their environments.

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