The Division 2 – Title Update 5 & Episode 1 Early Access Are Here

The Division 2 - Episode 1 Early Access Is Here

Ubisoft has published the new update for Tom Clancy’s The Division 2 into Early Access for the owners of the Year 1 Pass that grants the 7 days headstart for the following activities starting today:

  • “Manning National Zoo” Main Story mission
  • “Camp White Oak” Main Story mission
  • The first Investigation Area of the new PvE experience, Expeditions

Two new Classified Assignments—Central Aquarium and NSA Site B13—are also available today exclusively for Year 1 Pass holders. Non-pass holders will get access to the 2 new main missions and to Expeditions, for free, on Tuesday, July 30th.

The remaining Title Update 5 updates, features, and balancing tweaks are live now for all players:

Skills

  • Skill Cooldown Reduction has been replaced with Skill Haste and scales with Skill Power
  • The Skill Cooldown Minimum Hard Cap of 10 seconds has been lowered to three seconds for all skills, except the Chem Launcher which will be at eight seconds.

“Title Update 5 features a major rework to Skills to align them with builds prioritizing weapon damage. We hope these changes create more build opportunities for skill users. “

Dark Hours Discovery Difficulty

Episode 1 introduces the Discovery difficulty of the Operation Dark Hours raid. Discovery has a lower difficulty compared to the regular raid, and comes with open matchmaking, but communication and coordination are still required to complete the activity. It’s designed as an introduction to the raid and provides more accessible means to practice the mechanics. Head to the helicopter pilot at the Base of Operation to get started.

Discovery difficulty rewards gear 500 items, but the Eagle Bearer exotic and the raid gear-sets that drop from the regular Dark Hours raid are not part of the loot pool.

Crafting & Recalibcation

Players can now upgrade their crafting benches in World Tier 5, granting the ability to craft gear score 500 items. Crafted items can now be recalibrated as well, creating a more linear progression path to end game gearing.

New Weapons & Exotics

The Carbine-7 assault rifle and Stoner light machine gun are two new additions live with Title Update 5. There are also two new exotics to track down and add to your collection—the BTSU Datagloves and Diamondback rifle!

Check out the blog post on the official site to find out more.

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