Tom Clancy's The Division 2 Articles RSS Feed | Tom Clancy's The Division 2 RSS Feed on en Launch Media Network Ubisoft Offers The Division 2 for Free on PC, Console Thu, 23 Apr 2020 18:32:34 -0400 GS_Staff

The Division 2 is currently free to play on PC, PS4, and Xbox One. Though the looter-shooter has had F2P weekends in the past, this trial kicked off on April 21 and is currently unlimited. Ubisoft has not shared a projected end date for the trial — or if there will be one. 

There are a few caveats, however. The free period is limited to eight hours of playtime, and prospective agents can only reach Level 8. After that, you'll have to pick up a full copy of the game to keep playing. Luckily, all of your progress carries over should you choose to do so. 

The Division 2 is pretty affordable as well. The standard edition of the base game is currently $29.99 on the Epic Games Store for PC and a crazy-low $9.90 on the Ubisfoft Store for PC. It's $29.99 on PS4 and Xbox One. 

It's worth noting that Ubisoft says that any playtime from previous free-weekend events counts toward the eight-hour-trial, and that any character above Level 8 will be ineligible for the trial. 

In our official review, we called The Division 2 "the best looter-shooters in years," adding that it "is an improvement on the first game in almost every way, and it's both a fun game and a satisfying investment."

Aside from the game's solid mechanics, both The Division 2's environments and sound design work in concert to create a larger, more encompassing world than in the game's predecessor, something we spoke to Game Director Mathias Karlson about last year. 

Since release, the game has seen the addition of new episodes, weapons, modes, raids, and much more, all of which have kept the community engaged and enticed new players to enlist. Warlords of New York, the game's biggest DLC to date, released on March 3 to mostly positive reviews.

Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more on The Division 2, including our ever-growing list of guides, as well as other demo and trial news as it develops. 

How to Unlock the Castle Settlement in The Division 2 Fri, 20 Mar 2020 11:57:22 -0400 John Schutt

The Castle settlement in The Division 2 plays a key role in the story, even having a mission named after it. Like the other two settlements, you won't be able to progress the campaign unless you complete Castle's associated mission, watch its cutscenes, and see where your journey goes next.

There are a few wrinkles, though. Getting to Castle takes a little time, and finding how to complete the mission isn't obvious. That's where this guide comes in.

We'll discuss where you can find the Castle settlement, how to unlock its cutscenes, and explain what you can do with the area once it's unlocked.

How to Find and Unlock the Castle Settlement

If you're having trouble finding the Castle Settlement, it's located in the East Mall in the lower left-hand corner of the map. See below for an image. Castle is surrounded by green light in the center of my screen.

Castle Location

There's a control point just to the settlement's south if you have to leave and come back before you unlock easier fast travel.

Unlocking Castle

Note: Be sure you've reached Level 15 or so and cleared the American History Museum and Air & Space Museum missions before attempting the Castle Settlement mission. There was a bug that halted progression and, while it was addressed with a patch, better to be safe than sorry.

Once you've made it to the settlement, a cutscene plays, and you'll be tasked with finding Agent Kelso, the Agent you've partnered with on previous missions. Unfortunately, no mission marker pops up to guide you to her, forcing a little exploration on your part. 

Begin by heading to the front of the church and looking to its left.

If you walk near the bushes behind the tree, you'll notice a path leading to a hatch. It looks something like this.

That hatch is your destination. Once you're close enough, you should receive a button prompt for you to press "X", "Square", or whatever your "Use" binding is on PC. Hold the button down until the circle fills, and you'll trigger the second Castle settlement cutscene, unlocking it for fast travel and bringing Kelso into your team for a while. 

You Cannot Upgrade Castle

Due to the unfortunate events that befell the Castle settlement, it has no NPCs to speak of and no way to upgrade any part of it. It is a story location only and a fast travel point only. 

And thanks to an official Ubisoft support article, we know this will not be changing.


That's about everything you need to know about The Division 2 Castle settlement. Enjoy your quest to save DC! Check out our other Division 2 guides for more on the looter shooter:

The Division 2 Bravo-09 Error Fix Thu, 19 Mar 2020 13:48:44 -0400 Ty Arthur

The Division 2  error message Bravo-09 is a particularly annoying issue that can happen when you join a call for backup and leave the lobby. It may also pop up randomly when trying to join a game.

Ubisoft doesn't currently list this error message in their troubleshooting support database and has offered no official response to what causes the problem. Thankfully, plenty of players who are plagued by Bravo-09 and other messages have already found a number of workarounds.

First, we'll look at fixing the issue on Xbox, since the error is mostly affecting Xbox users. Afterward, further down in the guide, we will look at all platforms, including PC and PS4. 

Troubleshooting The Division 2 Bravo-09 Error

Due to lower staffing and higher than average player load as people remain inside during the coronavirus pandemic, always make sure the servers aren't just plain down.

Before doing any other troubleshooting for The Division 2 error messages, take a look at these accounts for recent outage messages:

If the servers are up, then it's time to start looking for the cause of the error message. In most cases, the Bravo-09 error seems to be a connectivity problem, either between your network hardware or between Xbox Live and The Division 2 servers.

Xbox Live Connectivity

The Bravo-09 Error in The Division 2 mostly affects Xbox players.

Some players have reported receiving the Bravo-09 error when experiencing an issue with how the Xbox Live and Xbox Live Gold services interact with the console's dashboard. The problem seems to be tied to how the dashboard lets you pause games and then switch over to other apps.

To check if this is causing the problem, tap the Xbox Guide button and then open any other app that requires an online connection  Spotify, Prime Video, Hulu, etc.  and wait for that app to load up.

After that app is fully operational, tap the Guide button again and switch back to The Division 2. If this was causing the problem, you should get a "patch update" notice and then The Division 2 will automatically re-launch itself and start working.

Xbox Wireless Connection Problems

Right now, the Bravo-09 error seems to impact Xbox users the most, and there's another potential issue to look at involving your Internet connection.

If you have a wireless connection, fully deleting the connection from your Xbox's profile and then setting it up again has worked for some players. To get started, tap the Xbox Guide button and navigate through:

  • System
  • Settings
  • General
  • Network settings
  • Set up a wireless network

From there, delete your primary network and then create a new one (you'll need to remember your network password first, of course).

Network Problems

On any platform, this particular error message sometimes pops up due to a logjam in your network. For some reason, your IP address just isn't playing nice with The Division 2 anymore, which means it's time to pull the plug and start a whole new connection.

Because there are several potential culprits along the path from your console or PC to Ubisoft's servers, it's best to tackle everything all at once.

First, fully power off your Xbox One, PS4, or PC. For your Xbox or PS4, you may have the console power settings changed to go into sleep mode instead of powering off. Make sure the console is entirely shut down or this won't work. You can select the full power off option in the Settings menu, or instead just unplug your console entirely.

From there, fully unplug both your router and then your modem. Wait at least 15 seconds, then plug back in your modem. When the lights start blinking again, plug your router back in. Finally, turn your console or PC back on. In most cases, this flushes the problem and gets you a stable new connection.

As a last-ditch effort, you can always submit a ticket to Ubisoft here and hope to hear back from tech support if you keep getting the error message repeatedly.

Have you found any other Bravo-09 error workarounds or did any of these troubleshooting steps not work for you? Sound off in the comments below and we'll look for more tips to get you back in the action.

When you manage to get online, check out the rest of our The Division 2 tricks and bug fixes, including: 

The Division 2: Warlords of New York — Making the Perfect Build Mon, 09 Mar 2020 11:25:45 -0400 John Schutt

The Division 2 is seeing something of a renaissance of builds with its latest expansion, Warlords of New York. As we discussed in our big changes and how they work article, Talent and Attribute choices have been trimmed. However, with new additions to those rosters and four new Skills to boot, build variety might be at its highest yet.

We could talk for hours about potential gear combinations, the value of one concept over another, the minutia of where to put that one last point. But and rather than tell you what's best, I think it better to arm you with the knowledge of how to create your perfect setup using the tools the looter-shooter now offers.

Choose Your Focus and Subfocus

Where the vanilla Division 2 build meta was almost entirely focused around damage, with the new changes, you have a whole host of options to choose from. Tank, support, area denial, add clear, single target DPS — you name it, you can probably build it.

To make the most of your time, though, you'll want to pick a primary and secondary focus for your build. Focus, in this case, means what your build is best at above all things. Your sub-focus ideally supports your primary focus in some way, either by augmenting its effectiveness, increasing your survivability, or adding value to your squad if playing co-op. 

To my mind, there are three primary foci and three secondary. 

Primary Foci
  • DPS: When you want to deal excessive amounts of damage.
  • Skill: When you want your tools to do your work for you.
  • Defense: When you to be all but invincible.
Secondary Foci
  • Recovery/Healing: When you want to keep your armor/skills at max no matter what.
  • Arena Control: When you want to say who goes where and when.
  • Single/Multiple Target: When you want to know how much to focus on.

While these aren't the only foci you can build around, they are the most common topics of discussion. Your choices here should also take into account whether you want to concentrate on PvE content or Dark Zone PvP. The Division 2 is, of course, centered more on PvE, but there are plenty of great ways to dominate in the DZ if that's your thing.

Once you've got an idea for your build, now comes the tough part: grinding the gear and perks to perfect it. 

Building the Build

Let's say you want to make a bread and butter build: single-target DPS with a heavy focus on light machine guns and sniper rifles. Where do you start the gear grind? Armor, weapons, Skill mods, or Recalibration fuel?

There are a ton of choices, but approach it like you would a test in school: get the easy stuff out of the way first, so you've got plenty of time to really work on the time-consuming tasks. 

Here's a quick step-by-step of how you can build your build:

1. Find Your Perfect Weapon

In our example, we want the best Sniper/Marksman Rifle and LMG combo we can get our hands on. We also want to maximize damage to a single target, so our perks of choice need to play around that theme.

Critical hit chance and straight damage bonuses are ideal here, though how we go about building that damage should vary. For the sniper, we want ultimate single-shot potential, so headshot damage is critical. Our LMG, on the other hand, should probably be a slower burn: a Talent based around damage stacks could be our best option there. 

2. Fill Out the Talentless Gear Slots

As of Warlords of New York, only backpack and chest gear comes with Talents, so our next step is finding the perfect set of Talentless gear we can.

Remember that even gear without Talents has Attributes. Not everything you find is ideal for what we need. We're focusing on single-target DPS, so we want Weapon Damage as our Core Attribute and some form of red, Secondary Attributes. Again, which kind we want will depend on the weapon, but you can never really go wrong with Critical Hit Damage/Chance and/or Headshot Damage.

We might also add one or two points into Skill Power or Defense for a little added survivability, but only that many, else we risk going too far away from the central concept of the build.

3. Grind for the Best Gear Talents

Here comes the tough part. There are a lot of gear Talents to pick from, and we only have a couple we want. Vigilance or Unstoppable Force are good options for the backpack. Obliterate and Glass Cannon could offer good values as well, though the latter only if we're confident in our ability to recover. 

4. Pick and Optimize Skills

Our choice of skills will depend on how we want to maximize our DPS, and it ultimately comes down to personal preference. Shock Trap is an excellent option to keep our enemies still for sniper shots, and Sticky Bomb could be a good option for damage over time or short burst damage.

Your choice would be personal preference, but we'll be going with Shock Trap and Flame Sticky Bombs here. That choice made, now we need the best possible mods that increase both duration and damage as appropriate.

5. Maximize Survivability

Damage might be our primary focus, but we can't do any if we're dead. That's why I suggested putting a couple of points into Defense Attributes, probably best placed in Talentless gear.

We should get armor up and invest in Health boosts where we can find them. If we're feeling particularly safety conscious, swapping out a damage Skill for a healing one is also an option, but only for solo play.

The actual grind for your gear isn't as difficult as it once was. Focus on the Targeted Loot sections on your D.C. map, and hit those missions, Control Points, and other world activities as you like. Don't forget about recalibration either, as you can extract god-roll stats from otherwise garbage gear.

You don't necessarily need the perfect roll right away. Getting close to the gear you want and switching things up where you're grinding will take the monotony out of the grind. 

Perfect Your Playstyle

With your build in place, now's the time to perfect its use, and the only way to do that is to use it. Spend time going through content of varying difficulties to see where your strengths and weaknesses lie. As you discover what your build does best, make modifications as necessary. 

I don't recommend going straight into Heroic difficulty, even if your build can handle it. Without the initial refinement and adjustment period, you're bound for failure regardless of how powerful you might be. 

Don't be afraid to make wholesale changes at this point. Swapping out one Skill for another or even deciding on a whole new set of Talents isn't out of the question, either. So long as you stay true to your build's core concept and you feel comfortable with the playstyle, you'll do just fine.


Again, there are too many build combinations in The Division 2 to cover all the best ones, and what you want out of a build will not be the same as someone else, even if your playstyles are similar.

Hopefully, this guide's given you a good idea about how to go about creating a character and playstyle that works for you, but if there's something I've left out, let me know in the comments.

And while you're here, check out other Division 2 and Warlords of New York articles over on our guides hub. Here are a few to get you started:

The Division 2: Warlords of New York — The Big Changes and How They Work Fri, 06 Mar 2020 14:44:58 -0500 John Schutt

The Division 2 is bigger and better than ever with its latest expansion, Warlords of New York. A huge new play space, overhauled systems, new gear, a higher level cap, and new abilities are just some of the major changes hitting the game with this DLC.

But is this the revolution that takes a great game to the next level, or does it smooth some of the rough edges and leaves a semi-precious gem wanting?

Yes and no.

This is still The Division 2 at its core, so if you weren't captured the first time, the new DLC and its updates won't bring you back. However, if you need a reason to return to post-apocalyptic New York and Washington D.C., you'll find plenty to sink your teeth into.

Let's take a look at some of the most important systems that saw changes and updates with this latest release, including gear, progression, and abilities. 

Gear 2.0

One of the biggest selling points of Warlords of New York, beyond the return to its eponymous city, is the total rework of gear and loot progression. Ubisoft is calling the new system Gear 2.0, and at its core, it's a massive simplification effort streaming gear across the board.

First, Gear Score is gone. What remains in its place is equipment level from 1-40. Perks and other stats are still randomly rolled, and higher difficulty activities will yield better rolls overall. However, you won't be searching for the perfect 500-score gear piece with the ideal rolls and abilities. 

Second, the complicated skill armor/skill power/weapon damage hierarchy has evolved into a set of Core Attributes and Standard Attributes that affect all equipment types. Red is for Weapon Damage and associated bonuses; Blue is for Defensive abilities like health and armor; and Utility is for skills and everything about them.

Third, the volume of available weapon and gear attributes has been significantly pruned. You won't be looking for a needle in a haystack anymore, either.

Last, Gear Talents now only appear on chest and backpack gear and weapons. There are still plenty of Talents to choose from, and while you won't be combining them across six pieces of equipment, you still have up to five different Talents to synergize alongside your Skills.

Additionally, Exotic weapons and gear, mods, gear sets, and Skills saw a rework and rebalance. Mainly, everything about your equipment saw a suite of changes. So how to make the best of it?

Mastering Gear 2.0

If you want to take your build to its ultimate form, there are two things you need to do: recalibrate and focus on a specific build trajectory.

Recalibration also received a significant update, and now you can dismantle specific gear to extract specific abilities, stats, and attributes. Once extracted, you can apply the improved stats to a weapon of the appropriate type. For instance, extract high Headshot Damage from a sniper you'll never use and put it on the one you love.

You can extract both Core and standard Attributes, too. It's best to take the time to improve each stat to its maximum, or at least to about 75% of the maximum. Only the highest-difficulty content is likely to need more than that. The sniper rifle above, for instance, isn't perfect, but 98% increased headshot damage will be more than enough for standard play.

As you wander New York and D.C. (available again once you complete the New York campaign), take stock of all the High-End gear you find. A lot of it will be worthless save for maybe one stat. Unlike vanilla Division 2, you're not likely to be mass-dismantling or avoiding every trash loot drop you find. That one on the ground might have what you need to perfect your build.

Speaking of which: don't try to create a jack of all trades build, at least at the start. Focus on a single specialty. There are a lot of them. Pick a skill or pair of skills that focus on a single concept: healing, area denial, distraction, or straight damage, among others. Build around your idea almost at the exception of all other considerations, and you will be unstoppable if you play to your strengths. 


Warlords of New York brings with it four new Agent Skills: Shock Trap, Decoy, Explosive, and Burn Sticky Bombs. While they're powerful on their own, they're best used as part of a specific build. 

However, you don't have to use the skills for their most apparent purpose. A Shock Trap might seem like a great area denial skill, but pair it with a high single-target DPS build and careful placement near a boss? Free damage on a short cooldown.

An explosive sticky bomb might seem like a great way to clear mobs but take it into the Dark Zone, and a few well-placed shots will make any Agent think twice about crossing into your line of fire. 

I'll leave you to deduce the many other possible combinations with the new options at your disposal because all the vanilla Skills are still entirely usable.

Progressing in the Infinite

Finish the DLC campaign (about 10 hours rushed), and you'll be greeted by a whole new mechanic: the SHD Level system, a near-infinite progression system that will likely take dozens or hundreds of hours to fully unlock. 

Divided into four sections — Offense, Defense, Utility, and Handling — each subdivided into four additional groups based on that core theme, your SHD Level progression allows you to incrementally increase your stats every time you would otherwise level up.

Offense, for example, offers increased critical damage or armor penetration. Defense offers health and armor, Utility grants small buffs to skils, and Handling augments your weapon stats. 

Stat upgrades have a maximum of 50 increments, though I'm not sure if it expands farther than that. I don't even think there's been enough time since the DLC's release for someone to reach that level, but I would only be mildly surprised if I'm wrong.

Regardless, the SHD Level system allows you to spec even further into your favored playstyle or shore up some parts of your character you feel lacking. There are no real wrong answers here, as the upgrades are small and far enough apart that you'll only see their full effect after many, many hours of play.

We're less than a week out from launch as of writing, so players are only beginning to take real advantage of all these new systems and all the updates to established conventions. And that's not even talking about the seasonal content coming down the pipeline.

We're talking whole new mission lines with unique reward structures, unique loot, and maybe even some additional mechanics along with them. Then there's the second raid to consider, likely postponed to ensure Warlords released on time. 

There's a lot to like in this DLC, and hopefully, we'll see even more depth as the next year of The Division 2 unfolds. 

The Division 2: Where to Get the Judge Key and How to Use It Thu, 05 Mar 2020 12:44:41 -0500 Sergey_3847

The new Warlords of New York expansion for The Division 2 has a few secrets, with one of the hardest secret items to find being the Judge Key.

The Judge Key becomes available during the Theo Parnell mission, which is a part of the main questline. It's hard to miss the key itself as long as you're looking for it, but finding where to use the Judge Key is another story. We'll go into both where to find and where to use it below.

Judge Key Location

The Judge Key can be found during The Tomb mission in the courthouse when pursuing Theo Parnell.

The key becomes available after you defeat the boss named The Judge. After beating the boss enter the Judge's room in the end of the hall past the elevators, and search for a key on the table.

How to Use the Judge Key

After you got the key, you can return to the elevators and go down to the main hall. There are going to be a lot of enemies waiting, so prepare for combat. You have to clear the room before attempting to use the key. Otherwise, it won't work.

When all enemies are dead, approach the computer at the table and interact with it. This is possible only if you have the Judge Key on you.

As soon as you do it, the locked area to your left will open up and you can enter the secret room behind.

You will see the Record Storage facility behind it, and inside the storage you will find a chest with your reward.


That's it on how to locate and use the Judge Key in the Warlords of New York expansion, and for more The Division 2 guides, please see the list below:


The Division 2 Free Weekend Comes Ahead of Warlords of New York DLC Wed, 26 Feb 2020 14:41:21 -0500 GS_Staff

Tom Clancy's The Division 2 will be free to play this weekend, February 27 to March 2, on PC, PS4, and Xbox One. The F2P period comes ahead of the looter-shooter's upcoming DLC, Warlords of New York

The free play period includes access to the full game, and progression will carry over for players who choose to purchase the game once the weekend is over. Those interested can be pre-load The Division 2 now and begin playing at 3 a.m. EST on February 27. The free weekend ends at 3 a.m. EST on March 2. 

Those who took advantage of The Division 2's previous free weekend will see their progress pulled over as well. PlayStation Plus and Xbox Live Gold is required to play the always-online title.

The Division 2 Warlords of New York Expansion fighting in Manhattan

Now is the perfect time to jump into the looter shooter for anyone that's been curious. Not only does the free weekend act as a wide-ranging demo for the game, but The Division 2 is only $3 on Steam, PSN, and the Xbox Store. 

Warlords of New York is set to release on March 3. It is not part of The Division 2's first season and must be purchased separately. Taking players back to New York, the DLC expansion will bring a lot of changes to the game, including some to the UI and its progression systems. 

More exciting for long-time players, though, are the new additions that will come in the form of weapons and gear, all of which will be used to bring down Aaron Keener, who Ubisoft says is "a former Division Agent turned Rogue." 

The developer released an animated teaser trailer for the upcoming story DLC, which can be seen at the top of this article. Centered on the first game's returning antagonist, Theo Parnell, James Dragov, Javier Kajika, and Vivian Conley, the short shows how those betrayed by The Division came together.

Stay tuned for more on The Division 2, including our coverage on the upcoming Warlords of New York expansion.

Expeditions is a Brand New Free Mode in The Division 2 Tue, 30 Jul 2019 14:06:25 -0400 David Jagneaux

As part of Episode 1, which just released for free in Ubisoft's The Division 2, Expeditions is a brand new free game mode offering new content, areas to explore, and loot to earn.

Episode 1 D.C. Outskirts: Expeditions is the first part of the Year One content plan for The Division 2 and is currently available for all players.

In the trailer at the top of this article, Ubisoft News host Chris Watters details the new locale: Kenly College, an area overrun with vegetation and infested by dangerous bad guys packing heavy weaponry.

The flow of content appears to involve exploring the College and uncovering the bad guys' schemes while clearing out the building's various floors. There are three operations in total and a loot room that moves around the library with new items every day.

Expeditions mode will gradually expand over the next three weeks with new areas. Currently, those future areas are marked as "Offline" but will open up with each new week. 

If that wasn't enough new free content, Episode 1 also includes two new main missions, new weapons, new exotics, and new classified assignments. Additionally, all players will also get a dedicated "Care Package" full of gear to prep for the new missions between now and August 13. It will contain three pieces of equipment and is located in the mailbox stash.

The Division 2 still has two more free Episodes coming later this year as well to flesh out the rest of year one's updates. If all Episodes have this level of polish and content richness, it could be a very good sign for Ubisoft's future support.

See why we called The Division 2 "the best looter shooter in years" in our official review

Ubisoft E3 2019 Presentation Roudup Mon, 10 Jun 2019 20:49:45 -0400 Ashley Shankle

Ubisoft was reportedly going to bring the heat to this year's E3, and the company's presentation turned out to be one of the most eventful so far.

Opening with a performance by the Assassin's Creed Symphony and their live dates was a pretty strong start, but the Watch Dogs: Legion gameplay trailer right after? Yeah, that really drove it home.

Watch Dogs: Legion

The Watch Dogs: Legion footage started off calm, but it didn't take long for Ian to get into some trouble during his walk around London, which eventually turns into choosing an entirely different character.

As previously mentioned by Ubisoft, Watch Dogs: Legion will allow players to take control of a vast amount of NPC characters to perform their nasty DedSec operations. Based on the gameplay trailer, the sequel looks to be vastly more dynamic than the previous two games. You can recruit and play as anyone in Watch Dogs: Legion. Spicy!

Ubisoft claims each character has its own story, profile, recruitment mission, and more. If it's done right, this could pale the previous two Watch Dog titles completely.

We don't have to wait too long for this bad boy; Watch Dogs: Legion will be released March 6, 2020.

It's Always Sunny in.. Ubidelphia?

Rob Elmchenny from It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia fame came on stage after the Watch Dogs: Legion presentation to announce his upcoming new show, Mythic Quest: Raven's Banquet.

McElhenny himself plays series lead Ian (that's pronounced "eye-an," you jabroni) Grimm, Creative Director for the biggest MMORPG in the series's universe with an ego that seems to be as big as the game's massive population.

Mythic Quest: Raven's Banquet will be an Apple TV exclusive with no air date just yet.

Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Siege DLC

Yes, the new DLC for Rainbow Six Siege! Check the trailer below. This one takes the smoother route, as you might expect from a DLC titled Operation Phantom Sight.

Brawhalla + Adventure Time

As of today, Adventure Time characters will be coming to Ubisoft's Smash-like Brawlhalla.

Finn, Jake, and Princess Bubblegum are all available to play for free in Brawlhalla right now during a limited time event. Once the event is over, the character can be purchased from the in-game shop for 300 Mammoth coins.

The Adventure Time event will be lasting until June 25 and bring with it a new map, mode, and special KO effects that will still be usable in-game once the event has ended.

Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Breakpoint

Cole D. Walker, a special forces officer with his own moral code and does what he has to in order to complete his mission against the Wolves. This is Ghost Recon Breakpoint.

You don't have to sit on your hands and wait for Breakpoint to come out; you can hop on over to the official site right now and register for the September 5 beta. Release isn't far off, with release waiting just around the corner on October 4. What's keeping you waiting?

Ghost Recon Delta Company was also announced during the presentation, which will allow fans to share anything they want related to the Ghost Recon series.

Going Mobile

They've got to squeeze one mobile game in there, and they did just that here with Tom Clancy's Elite Squad.

Featuring characters from other Tom Clancy and Ubisoft titles, squads of five players will be able to duke it out with other squads of five. There has been a story mode announced as well as PvP.  You can pre-register for the game now on the official website.

Just Dance 2020? Of Course...

There's really not much to say here but Just Dance 2020 is releasing later this year in November on basically every platform available (including the Wii, wow) with 40 new songs.

Limited Event For Honor Event: Shadows of the Hitokiri

In a surprise announcement comes a new warrior to For Honor: the Hitokiri, a mask-wearing axe-wielding warrior with a thirst for souls. The new warrior comes with a brand new event for For Honor players looking for something a little different.

The event hosts the Soul Rush special game mode, which tasks players to collect souls during combat.

You can read more about the Shadows of Hitokiri event on the official site. It will be running on PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One until June 27.

Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Quarantine

Now for something just a little different (just a tiny bit): Rainbow Six Quarantine.

Details on this title are currently scarce, but it's slated to release on PC, PS4, and Xbox One. You can sign up for "a chance to play early" on the official website.

Tom Clancy's The Division 2 Episode 3

Don't think just The Division 2's all done with all these other Tom Clancy announcements from Ubisoft this year. The third episode of The Division 2 will be taking players back to Washington D.C., the setting of the first game.

The Division 2
will also be receiving a new raid out this fall, showing the game's not close to done yet.

The Division Netflix Adaptation

The Division is getting a film adaptation on Netflix. The release date may still be a mystery, but we do know Jake Gyllenhaal and Jessica Chastain will be in the production.

The plot for the upcoming movie is:

In the near future, a pandemic virus is spread via paper money on Black Friday, decimating the city of New York and killing millions. By Christmas, what’s left of society has descended into chaos. A group of civilians, trained to operate in catastrophic times, are activated in an attempt to save who and what remains.

Uplay Plus

Even Ubisoft is getting on the subscription service bandwagon, with Uplay Plus rolling out later this year and being compatible with Google Stadia.

If you sign up between now and August 15, you will have free access to Uplay Plus between September 3 and 30 later this year.

Roller Champions

Roller Champions
is definitely out of left field, which seems to be preferable with free to play titles here in 2019.

Roller Champions is a PvP sports title hoping to find some competitive footing. Though its release date hasn't been announced, you can play the E3 demo right now until June 14 to see if this one's up your alley.

Gods & Monsters

The final announcement of the Ubisoft conference was a surprise entry: Gods & Monsters, a Greek mythology-focused title coming to PC, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, and Google Stadia with a notable lighter tone than most of the rest of the presentation.

Details on Gods & Monsters are presently scarce. It appears to be an open world title, with loads of challenges both combat and puzzle-oriented present. We'll surely see more of this title before its release on February 25, 2020.


Whew, that was a lot of Tom Clancy from Ubisoft this year. E3's not over just yet, though! Let us know in the comments below which announced titles you're looking most forward to from E3.

Be sure to check out our other E3 2019 coverage below: 

Ubisoft Releases Big The Division 2 Update Ahead of Operation Dark Hours Tue, 14 May 2019 14:06:34 -0400 Joshua Broadwell

Ubisoft recently released patch notes for The Division 2's next major update, which makes a plethora of changes right before the game's first raid, Operation Dark Hours, launches.

There's a release date for the Raid now too. Operation Dark Hours will be available starting May 16 at 12pm EST, after a lengthy delay while Ubisoft handled some nasty bugs. Ubisoft is still keeping fairly quiet about what the Raid might entail, though as earlier leaks suggested, it will take place at least partly in the DC Airport.

Year 1 pass holders gain access to the first two Classified Missions with this update as well, which unlock Backpack Trophies and tell the story behind the fall of DC.

The notes don't actually mention a lot about fans can expect the first The Division 2 Raid, as mentioned. However, they do include new trophies connected to the Raid and a new Apparel Event — opportunities to snag exclusive gear and skins — tied to it as well.

Operation Dark Hours is also getting some new Commendations, but like the trophies and Apparel Event, there's no concrete detail about what to expect from them.

Speaking of Commendations, the development team removed several in this update. Commendations tied to consecutive logins over a specific period of time are no longer in The Division 2, since they were deemed unfair if players had circumstances preventing them from logging in on a given day.

In their place are five new Commendations (not tied to Operation Dark Hours):

  • Full Deck Distinction – Acquire all Snitch Cards.
  • Distinguished Service Distinction – Complete 30 hours of service.
  • Supreme Response Distinction – Complete all main missions and Strongholds on Hard difficulty (or above).
  • Control Point Takeover Merit – Take over 50 Heroic Control Points.
  • Invasion Service Merit – Complete 10 Invaded Strongholds.

There's a new Vendor in the Base of Operations as well, Inaya al-Khaliq, and a change to Gear Scores for exotic items upgraded via crafting. They will now automatically be given the highest Gear Score available for the tier level associated with the Crafting Bench used.

Loot is getting some similar changes to make life easier for agents. New loot will be skewed towards the higher end of the item's Gear Score so there are fewer chances players will come across items below their Gear level.

NPCs received a fair bit of attention in this new update too. They'll actually act like they have intelligence and try to preserve their lives from now on — for example, wearing protective gear, trying to help themselves if they're taken hostage, and not stealing players' cover spots.

The full notes are quite extensive and can be found here for those interested in seeing them.

GameSkinny Weekend Download: PUBG is a Crime, Weedcraft Lights Up, PSN IDs Change, and More Sat, 13 Apr 2019 09:30:01 -0400 GS_Staff

It's the weekend again, and GameSkinny's Weekend Download is back. 

Here's most of everything we published this week in one easy to digest roundup, including news regarding Nepal's criminalization of PUBG; the release of Weedcraft Inc; Nintendo teasing new Smash stuffs, PSN IDs finally changing, and much, much more. 

As usual, we've added links in case you find a headline that tickles your fancy and want to read more. We've also broken things down by category to make it easy to find what you're looking for. And finally, we've left out posts that are now meaningless because the event or sale has already ended. 

Sit back. Relax. Enjoy.  


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    A new Nintendo Switch commercial casually shows Stage Builder mode for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate in a way that suggests it might not have been an accident. Read more

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  • Inside Xbox Coming April 16, Promises Rage 2, Pre-E3 News, and More
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  • CD Projekt Red Hiring Release Manager for GWENT, Cyberpunk 2077
    While a job opening for Cyberpunk 2077 has the internet ablaze with speculation, it's not clear the highly-anticipated RPG is closer to getting a release date. Read more

  • Sniper Elite V2 Remastered Shoots For May Release
    The release of Sniper Elite V2 isn't far off. Here's what we know about the release date, price, extras, and multiplayer for the upgraded version. Read more

  • Resident Evil 2 All Rewards Unlock DLC Now Available
    Unlocking all of RE2 Remake's special extras just got a lot easier thanks to a new and inexpensive bit of DLC. Read more

  • Fallout 76 Patch 8 to Add Non-Cosmetic Premium Item
    Patch 8 lets players spend money to buy Repair Kits in a marked departure from the game's previous stance on premium item microtransactions. Read more

  • Lucky Friends and Avatar Poses Making Their Way to Pokemon GO
    Pokemon GO is getting a new update bringing avatar poses for multiple situations and a streamlined method for getting Lucky Pokemon. Read more

  • Pokemon GO Eggstravaganza Introduces Shiny Buneary, Candy Bonuses, More
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  • Overwatch's Storm Rising Event Will Run April 16 to May 6
    Overwatch's newest event picks up the fight against Doomfist, and it may be time for a new character to join the ranks. Read more

  • Surviving Mars: Green Planet Expansion Announced, Brings Terraforming
    Surviving Mars is finally getting its first expansion in Green Planet. Finally, the game will be getting a much-requested terraforming feature. Read more

  • NISA Bringing Utawarerumono: Zan to PlayStation 4 Fall 2019
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  • PlayStation 4 to Support Disney+ Streaming Service Starting November 12
    The Disney investors' livestream provided information about new Disney+ exclusives, offline viewing, and game consoles that could support Disney+ in the future. Read more

  • New Video Game Streaming Platform Hopes to Make Retro Accessible
    Antstream will offer a subscription-based service with a curated selection of several hundred games and is expected to launch this summer. Read more

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  • Earth Defense Force: Iron Rain Review — Polishing Out the Absurdity
    Earth Defense Force: Iron Rain is an interesting side entry with new mechanics and a new look. It's just too bad there's something missing from the formula to make it truly great. Read more

  • Weedcraft Inc Review: Familiar But Robust Foray into the Weed Business Sim Genre
    Weedcraft Inc doesn't do anything amazing, but it's your best bet if you want to grow and sell weed in a video game. Read more

  • CryoFall Early Access Impressions: We've Played This Game Before, Many Times
    You've already played this survival sim about a hundred times before, but hey, now it's in 2D with a slightly revamped skill system, so that makes it different...right? Read more

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    Vaporum is a throwback to an old-school genre, but it doesn't bring about a renaissance for the grid-based dungeon crawler on console. Read more


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    School settings aren't regarded as ingredients for the best RPGs in most cases, but Trails of Cold Steel uses it in a unique way to turn tropes and expectations on their head. Read more

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    We interview Football Fantasy creator Samuel Ashton Roberts about his successful Kickstarter campaign, and what inspired him to mash up football with tabletop RPG gaming! Read more

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  • How to Get All Apparel Items in The Division 2's Apparel Event #1: Invasion
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  • The Division 2 Demolitionist Specialization Guide: Best Skills and Talents
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Check back next weekend for another roundup of news, reviews, guides, and features. 

The Division 2 Survivalist Specialization Guide: Best Skills and Talents Fri, 12 Apr 2019 10:45:23 -0400 Sergey_3847

Many players of The Division 2 consider Survivalist to be the least interesting specialization in the game. But don't underestimate its huge potential and possible damage output.

There is a way to create a Survivalist build that will generate as much DPS as any other specilization in the game. At the same time, you will have all the perks of the survival gameplan.

To see what this specialization is capable of, follow our guide for the best Survivalist skills and talents in The Division 2.

Best Survivalist Skills

The Survivalist skill tree is extremely versatile. But if you want to focus on damage as much as staying alive, these are some of the most essential skills to unlock.

Incendiary Grenade

Burn damage is one of the most devastating types of damage in The Division 2, as it is very hard to protect against it.

This skill will allow you to carry up to two incendiary grenades, and if you have the FireCrest Gear Set, then you can carry up to six grenades.


As a Survivalist that focuses on maximum damage, you should opt for an assault rifle weapon as your main damage dealer.

E.M.I. increases the damage dealt by your assault rifle by 15%.

Try to invest as many of your specialization points as you can in order to unlock the highest possible tier.

Survivalist Tactical Link

This is a passive skill that adds a 10% damage bonus to all group members against enemies with status effects.

This skill synergizes with Incendiary Grenade, which gives enemies the burn status effect.

As a result, your allies will have a much higher chance of defeating enemy players in a shootout.

These three skills focus mainly on damage, but you also need a few skills that increase your survivability during the battles.

Scraping By

It's always a good idea to have a perk that allows you to generate free ammo. Well, this skill does exactly that when you perform a-cover-to-cover during combat.

If you're running an assault rifle, then you will get 5 rounds per second with Scraping By.

Crunch Time

With the help of this skill, you can potentially reduce the cooldown of your other skills by 10% while in cover.

Elite Defense

Lastly, Elite Defense is a skill that works only in PvE mode, but one you should definitely have, because it gives you 15% increased protection from Elite enemies.

Best Survivalist Talents

High DPS and high rate of fire are the two most important attributes of this Survivalist build. This means that your weapon talents should correspond to those needs.


If you're running an assault rifle, you simply must have the Allegro talent, which increases your rate of fire by 10%.

This equals higher damage per second and shorter fire bursts that also preserve your weapon's accuracy.


Burn and bleeding are the two status effects that your weapons will mainly deal.

While Incendiary Grenade provides the burn part, the Sadist talent will increase the damage to bleeding enemies by 20%.


This weapon perk is especially interesting, as it works on all other weapons while your main one is holstered.

If that's the case, then all shots produced by other weapons will have a 5% chance to deal +20% damage as explosive damage.

This talent should be applied mainly to your secondary weapon since it's the one that will stay in the holster most of the time.

Double Duty

This is another talent that provides perks for your other weapons when the one equipped with Double Duty is holstered.

Every time you reload with an empty magazine, this talent will return 20% of your ammo back for free.

This talent synergizes well with Scraping By passive skill.


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The Division 2: Hidden (Hydden) Hotel Locations Fri, 12 Apr 2019 10:42:07 -0400 John Schutt

Everybody loves a good mystery, and The Division 2 is taking a page out of Destiny's book with plenty of secret goodies, riddles, and whatnot for players to discover out in the world.

One such mystery you might have run across are the various well-appointed campsites around the map. These are the Hydden Hotels, and they live up to their name: they're pretty well hidden

Not anymore.

This guide will show you where to find each hidden hotel across The Division 2's Washington D.C. and what you need to do once you've discovered them all. 

Once you enter each of them, be sure to press the Check In button. You'll need it for the final part of the guide.

I'll be moving west to east in this guide, so let's get into it.

Mista Treehouse Hydden Hotel

To find this hidden hotel, head to the Lincoln Memorial, then make your way northwest. After a few minutes' walking, you'll run across a large thicket of bushes. On the eastern side of them, you should find an opening leading to a clearing. This hotel is nestled in the back in some trees.

Approximate Location

Zi BBQ Joint Hydden Hotel

The BBQ Joint is well hidden behind a large brick building to the south of the White House, on the south side of the main street separating its area of the map from West Potomac Park. You'll be almost directly northwest of the Washington Monument.

To reach this hidden hotel, head to the north side of the building and look for a conspicuous stack of boxes as shown in the image. Climb up them and then over the wall to discover your hotel.

Approximate Location

Vosberg Hydden Hotel

The second of three hidden hotels near the White House, Vosberg can be found just to the southwest of The Ellipse, which contains the large military camp south of the Base of Operations. 

You'll find the entrance among a large stack of shipping containers near a stone memorial. A flag waves in the air above this hotel, as shown in the picture above. Jump into the open crate and then down into the hotel. Alternately, there's a back way in by the small shack with the green roof. Just follow the concrete barricades into the open, shaded cargo container.

Approximate Location

The McMilicamp Hydden Hotel

This hotel's location is a little tricky. It's tucked in a dark corner and its entrance is shrouded by creepers. 

To find it, head to the military camp in The Ellipse — the big circle south of the White House. In the southeastern portion of the camp are a number of large tents.

Find the one labeled "Prep Kitchen" and take its southern entrance (a lot of going south, I know). You won't have to walk very far before you find a small set of tables and chairs. If you face the tables, the entrance is to your right. Check the picture for a better view.

Approximate Location

The Rockin' Pete Hydden Hotel

The Rockin' Pete's location isn't hard to find, but to get there you'll need to go underground. Take any of the entrances scattered around the 

The hotel itself is tucked in the back of a train car on the eastern edge of the Metro Ruins control point. If you haven't already taken the Metro Ruins, go ahead and do so, then head down to the lowest level. Head east until you find a pair of stopped subway cars, and enter the right one, the one more recessed into the tunnel. The hotel is at the back.

You'll know you've gone the right way if you see bright red light at the end of the car.

Approximate Location

The Washington Monument Hydden Hotel

The sixth and final hotel is located deep inside the Washington Monument, so if you haven't cleared that control point, do so now. You'll want to head down into the building where the Supply Room is and look for a ladder you can climb.

If you've done everything right, there will be six lights lit up at the top of the ladder and a button you can press nearby. Press said button to open a secret compartment where the final hotel awaits.

You'll find the secret door in the image at the top of the post.


And that's it. You've found all the hidden Hydden Hotels in The Division 2, gotten some bonus loot, learned a little lore, and had a fun romp around post-apocalyptic Washington D.C. Congratulations.

Check out our other The Division 2 guides:

How to Find Printer Filament in The Division 2 Fri, 12 Apr 2019 14:12:16 -0400 shywatermelon

There's a lot to crafting in The Division 2, especially when trying to retrieve exotic weapons and mods.

One crafting item that is essential for completing this task is printer filament an element used for upgrading the crafting bench and also used in crafting mods. It's not found by looting war-torn Washington D.C.

Well, ok: that's not entirely true. Let's clear that up. 

If you've been playing The Division 2 for any amount of time, you'll know that looting is a huge part of the endgame: leveling, upgrading, etc. Although you can't find printer filament out in the wild, there are certain objects out there that will deconstruct into the much-needed component.

That certain object is a mod. Both gear mods and skill mods will do the trick.

Just like any piece of equipment, mods can be deconstructed and turned to printer filament

Instead of selling your mods to shop owners and getting semi-decent cash out of them, why not just turn into something more useful?

This is especially true for later on in The Division 2, when the game turns to World Tiers rather than specific levels. It's at that point that you'll want to find as much exotic equipment and as many mods as possible. 

How to Deconstruct Mods in Printer Filament

To deconstruct your mods, follow these steps: 

  1. Go into your inventory
  2. Go to the bottom right of the screen
  3. Choose the option for mods

There, you'll find a list of your inventory, including mods you won't need or want. Of course, don't deconstruct mods you want to use; make sure you're judging which are the best for your character build before destroying them for good.

As you hover over a mod, you'll see the option to deconstruct

However, there's something to keep in mind: crafting mods doesn't guarantee you a mod that you'll want.

Deconstructing mods a pretty random process, so farming as much printer filament as possible is the game here. This is also true for upgrading the crafting bench, which will eventually produce exotic materials, but you gotta' work for it. 

Another thing to think about is that when deconstructing mods, always keep an eye on the score found in the top right corner of the item description. The gear score total will have great value, especially once you enter into World Tier territory, which happens after taking out the enemy Strongholds and finishing the main missions. 

Best Ways to Find Mods in The Division 2

Now the question is: where do you get mods?

Well, there's a few places to start: 

  1. Shop-owners 

  2. Defeating higher enemy types

  3. Mission Rewards 

  4. Crafting

  5. Looting

Now, of all of these options, shops are going to be the easiest to acquire, but this isn't the most productive way to farm them as you'll be spending your hard-earned cash just for the sake of printer filament.

The next most common method is crafting, which requires a certain number of components to do, but those come up quite often in the wild through general looting. 

This is the main reason that printer filament is one of the most crucial pieces of crafting pieces: because the higher the crafting bench, the better the mods

The Right Perk

Lastly, the best perk to have for farming is the Detection 1 perk, which allows for better loot detection after donating enough resources to a control point.

Now, this perk only lasts a short period of time, but it's still worth using for the sake of farming materials that lead to crafting mods. 


For more on The Division 2, be sure to check head over to our guides hub. And be sure to check out our review of the game, where we said that The Division 2 is the "best looter shooter in years." 

The Division 2 Demolitionist Specialization Guide: Best Skills and Talents Thu, 11 Apr 2019 14:57:42 -0400 Sergey_3847

Demolitionist is currently the most aggressive specialization in The Division 2. Players who choose this specialization will be able to carry a massive grenade launcher and set up an artillery turret, which is capable of dealing with an entire group of enemies on its own.

The two most reliable types of weapons for this class are LMGs and SMGs. So it's wise to try to pick up perks that will increase the damage and accuracy of these weapons.

Our guide below will outline the best possible skills and talents for your Demolitionist build.

Best Demolitionist Skills

There are 20 skills in Demolitionist's skill tree. Most of them are active skills, which focus on increasing the damage of your weapons. The rest are passive skills that should be unlocked according to your chosen playstyle.

40mm Grenade Acquisition

This is the essential Demolitionist skill, which generates ammo for your signature grenade launcher.

With the help of this skill, your explosive kills will drop 40mm ammo unless you killed an enemy using the grenade launcher itself. In that case, no ammo will be generated.

Fortunately, there are plenty of ways to explode enemies using other types of weapons, such as drones and hand grenades.

Explosive Ordnance

This is the second skill you should invest your specialization points in, as it increases all of your explosive damage by 25%, regardless of the type of weapon you'll be using. This is an excellent skill that will make your grenade launcher much more powerful.

However, if you want to focus on your signature weapon and only increase the damage of your grenade launcher, then you could choose the Signature Weapon Damage skill instead.

Spray and Pray

After your grenade launcher has been taken care of, your other weapon needs to be buffed as well. Spray and Pray increases your SMG damage by 15%.

If you're not using the SMG for some reason and instead choose to go with the LMG, then opt for Onslaught skill, which has the same effect but for your LMG.

Although these are the three most important active Demolitionist skills, you also need to take a few passive skills into consideration. Here, you can either fix up your turret or go all the way into the Conflict mode.


If you decided to go all in with your turret, then this skill is indispensable, as it allows your turret to launch ordinance at nearby locations, which is rather effective.

Then, be sure to unlock the other two related skills: Cyclone Magazine and SHD CPU V2.0. The first one increases your turret's magazine, while the other one increases its damage.

Vital Protection

In case you are more interested in playing in Conflict PvP, then you must unlock Vital Protection, as it reduces the chance of you being critically hit by 20%.

Just remember that this skill works only in Conflict mode.

Demolitionist Tactical Link

Every specialization in The Division 2 has its own special Tactical Link skill that in one way or another supports co-op players.

Demolitionist Tactical Link increases the damage of your group members by 5% for all enemies that are not hiding behind the cover.

This is an excellent skill to have in co-op mode to support your allies.

Best Demolitionist Talents

When choosing talents for your SMG/LMG Demolitionist build, it is important to focus on gaining as much critical hit chance as possible. Here are four best weapon and gear talents that you can choose to increase the damage of your weapons to their maximum.


This is the essential talent regarding a critical damage build for your Demolitionist. It increases critical hit damage by 10% for every 5% of your depleted armor.

This means that critical hit chance will get stacked the more damage your armor receives. Simple math tells you that this means an incredible increase of damage for your weapons.


Similar to Strained, this talent increases the damage of your weapons by 10% for every 10% in depleted armor.

The difference is that this doesn't influence critical hit chance, which is far more important. This talent also requires a larger percentage of damaged armor.

But other than that, Berserk is another must-have talent for your Demolitionist build.


This talent synergizes extremely well with Strained, as for each critical hit, it restores 15% health and repairs 2% armor.

Together, these perks will let you stay alive a lot longer and deal so much damage that no enemy will ever be able to withstand your onslaught.


This talent is a safeguard talent that stuns your opponents whenever your armor reaches 0%.

At the same time, your critical hit chance will hit its maximum. Since your enemies will be virtually frozen, you can finish them off without any remorse.


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How to Get All Apparel Items in The Division 2's Apparel Event #1: Invasion Wed, 10 Apr 2019 10:25:55 -0400 Joshua Broadwell

Tom Clancy's The Division 2's first major content update, Tidal Basin, went live last week. Part of the celebration for the new content includes yet another brand-new event, dubbed Apparel Event #1: Invasion. It started April 5 and is running until May 2.

Starting the event requires a small update.

There was a bug that blocked off some of the event activities. It has since been fixed, but after the fix some received a message stating the event had ended. If that should show up when you try and start the event, simply log off, restart, and log back in.

Despite being part of the recently released Tidal Basin update, it appears the Invasion Apparel Event is available for everyone, not just for World Tier 5 players. However, some projects are only available or repeatable by higher World Tier characters.

What is the Invasion Apparel Event?

The Apparel Event gives players a chance to earn and find unique cosmetic items. There are 30 items to collect in total, including outfits, a mask, nine weapon skins, and four emotes.

These apparel items are new to the game, but won't be exclusive to Apparel Event 1.

Should you miss out on them during the event, you'll still get a chance to find them in Apparel Caches afterward or you can purchase them directly using Premium Credits via the Apparel Store.

Completing all three outfits earns you a new mask.

And if you do manage to gather all 30 items during the event, you unlock the special Black Tusk outfit, which is only available during the Invasion event.

The outfits are based on D.C.'s 3 factions, and the different components are listed below.

Outcast Apparel
  • Outcast Cap
  • Outcast Shirt
  • Outcast Glasses
  • Outcast Scarf
  • Outcast Pants
  • Outcast Boots
True Sons Apparel
  • True Sons Scarf
  • True Sons Pants
  • True Sons Cap
  • True Sons Glasses
  • True Sons Boots
  • True Sons Vest
Hyena Apparel
  • Hyena Boots
  • Hyena Helmet
  • Hyena Tank Top
  • Hyena Pants

Weapon Skins

The weapon skin names are as follows:

  • Artisan
  • Glacier
  • Partisan
  • Hornet
  • Vandal
  • Daredevil
  • Creek
  • Panther
  • Mapcap

Thanks to Reddit user toilet_drake for compiling the names of each piece.

How to Obtain Apparel Items

The Apparel items come in special Apparel Caches, sometimes called Crates.

These are the Event Caches mentioned in Ubisoft's Year 1 Content Update. When that update was outlined, Ubisoft assured players that Event Caches would never contain duplicate items, which means you won't end up with, say, 25 True Sons scarves.

Instead, there's a finite number of Apparel Caches you'll find; when you've gathered all the Invasion Apparel items, you stop finding Invasion Apparel Caches.

You can see what could possibly be inside before choosing to open it, plus what items you've yet to collect from the Apparel section in the game.

The Event Apparel Caches are under the Apparel Cache section of the game menu, next to the Premium Credits option.

To open an Apparel Cache, though, you need an Apparel Key. There are multiple ways to earn keys.

  1. The first is by completing Apparel Projects each week; completing one gives you 3 Apparel Cache Keys.
  2. Another involves leveling up. After level 30, there is a chance an Apparel Key will appear upon reaching Field Proficiency each time you level up.
  3. There's also a chance an Apparel Key will drop when you reach Dark Zone Proficiency.
  4. And of course, you can buy them. One Invasion Apparel Cache Key costs 100 Premium Credits. Premium Credits are sold in batches
  • 500 Premium Credits - $4.99
  • 1050 Premium Credits - $9.99
  • 2250 Premium Credits - $19.99
  • 4100 Premium Credits - $34.99
  • 6500 Premium Credits - $49.99

So, 30 Invasion Apparel Cache Keys would run you approximately $30, unless you go over the 3,000 Premium Credits needed for 30 keys.

Those who log in during the event's first week, ending April 12, will receive one free Invasion Apparel Cache Key. Players who are Year One Pass holders will also receive 3 free bonus keys that can be claimed any time during the event.

The first three methods for obtaining keys run from April 5 through April 25. It should also be noted that the chance of an Invasion Apparel Cache Key dropping after leveling up, as mentioned in the second and third methods, is completely random.

The event closing period lasts from April 25 through May 2nd, and according to Ubisoft, you can still use unspent keys during that period and purchase additional ones to unlock the remaining Invasion Apparel Caches.

From May 2 forward, all items are moved to standard Apparel Caches, save for the Black Tusk outfit.


If you need some further assistance while you're scouting DC for apparel, be sure to check out our other The Division 2 guides, including this The Division 2 leveling and endgame preparation guide for help reaching those higher levels and getting more chances to gain Invasion Apparel Cache Keys.

Trailer Details The Division 2's World Tier 5, Reveals Raid Release Date Thu, 04 Apr 2019 22:05:20 -0400 Joshua Broadwell

Update: 4/17/19: Ubisoft has revealed that Operation Dark Hours, The Division 2's upcoming raid, has been delayed to May. The original story follows. 

Ubisoft and Massive Entertainment released a new trailer heralding the launch of The Division 2's first major post-game content release, Tidal Basin. The trailer also announced the release date of the first raid, Operation Dark Hours, on April 25.

The update brings with it a number of highly anticipated features. Chief among them is the first major post-game mission, Tidal Basin. It's the final Stronghold in the game and is expected to be the most difficult challenge so far.

It acts as a gateway to the rest of Tier 5, which is launching alongside the Tidal Basin mission. The World Tier system is a set of expansive post-game content featuring some of the best equipment and most difficult challenges.

Previously, the content suffered from a crippling glitch that prevented players from progressing through the Tier system, though that has since been rectified.

World Tier 5 will introduce some new features, including a Gear Score of 500 and three new gear sets: True Patriot, Ongoing Directive, and Hard Wired. These are only dropped by Black Tusk enemies. It also gives players the option to set the game's difficulty to Heroic, removing checkpoints but granting players more rewards as a trade-off.

Tidal Basin is also implementing a competitive multiplayer map and two new Exotic weapons, which are some of the most effective and powerful weapons in the game.

The new trailer also announced the release date for the game's first raid, Operation Dark Hours, the name and details of which were leaked earlier in the week.

The trailer footage confirms some of those leaked details, including the requirement of an 8-person strong team and part of the setting as the D.C. Airport.

Finally, it teased a possible new specialization: the light mini-gun. This feature didn't get any more information than just a short clip, though.

World Tier 5 will stretch players to the limits of their skills, so those that may need some help should head to our The Division 2 guides page in preparation for the update.

Dataminers Uncover New Gameplay Mechanics in The Division 2's Dark Hours Raid Mon, 01 Apr 2019 14:51:57 -0400 Joshua Broadwell

Reddit user kevindavid40 leaked new information gleaned from Tom Clancy's he Division 2's files. The data pertains to a new mechanic called PowerPlay that also involves new weapons unique to the game's raids.

The information comes on the heels of kevindavid40's first leak that uncovered details about The Division 2's first raid, including its name, Dark Hours.

According to the files, PowerPlay is the placeholder name given to new items connected to Elite NPCs, units who drop said items upon defeat.

These items can only be used during the raid, and the timing and location of the Elite is completely random. They appear once per raid and only for a short time , so if you miss them when they show up, you won't get another chance at the items.

Kevindavid40 provided a table with information about each PowerPlay item, which is adapted below.

Key Name Type Efficiency Info
Dark Drinker  Signature Weapon Restock S.ammo Limited time usability
Dark Devour Fast Recharge Super recharge of skills Inactive while having an active skill
Thieves Den  Collectibles Spot vanity items or exotic ones Items will be marked on
agent's minimap
G. Phillips Protocol Character Factions Hunters are rallying to you against the Elites for short time
Dawn Of Dark Character Raid checkpoint Unlock hidden checkpoint at your current location

Details about the first raid were shared as well. It will apparently take place on Arlington Bridge. Eight players will cross the bridge, and one will be marked to NPCs and can see all escape routes; the others must provide cover to ensure the agent reaches safety.

It eventually moves to other locations as well, including The Bazaar and the Airport. The eight agents will split into teams of four at a few specific points and must work with their squads to solve puzzles, find exit routes, and, of course, keep everyone alive.

The Division 2's raids still don't have a set release date, though Ubisoft did say fixing the World Tier glitch takes priority over other upcoming content.

How to Fix The Division 2 Uniform-01 Error Wed, 27 Mar 2019 15:58:14 -0400 Joshua Broadwell

Tom Clancy's The Division 2 hasn't been spared from bugs and glitches in the short time since it's been released and even before. During The Division 2's beta run, players encountered a persistent and confusing error message at seemingly random times: the Uniform 01 Error. Ubisoft implemented a patch meant to fix the issue before launch, which seemed to resolve the problem.

However, if you're reading this now, chances are, you're one of the few players who's still running into this error. Fortunately, it's simple to work around.

How to Solve Uniform 01 Error

The Uniform 01 Error code seems to be unique to the Xbox One version of the game only.

It designates a connection error and won't allow players to log in. For most players, it happens when you start the game and attempt to log in, but some players have had the issue crop up in the middle of a session.

The way to fix it is simple and just requires a small update. Close the game completely, relaunch it, and you should be prompted to download the update.

It doesn't always show up as a prompt, though. If that happens, follow these steps:

  1. Go under "My Games"
  2. Choose "Manage Content"
  3. Select the update manually

The Uniform 01 Error kept popping up after The Division 2 was updated, so it's possible you'll run into it after future updates as well.

How to Solve the Delta 03 Error

During the beta, many players reported encountering the Delta 03 Error frequently, especially after installing the update required to fix the Uniform 01 Error.

Unfortunately, there was never a permanent workaround for this one, though Ubisoft did patch it out in most cases before launch. Should it appear again after you fix the Uniform error, the recommendation is just to restart your game client and, in the worst case scenario, wait for an hour or two so the servers flush out the issue.

Should that still fail to solve the issue, Ubisoft recommends following their troubleshooting advice.


Once you take care of the errors keeping you out of the game, check out our The Division 2 guide portal for some helpful tips, including where to find Hyena keys and chests.

Here's some of what you'll find: 

GameSkinny Weekend Download: Stadia, The Division 2, Vampire The Masquerade, and More Sat, 23 Mar 2019 09:45:58 -0400 GS_Staff

We know you're busy AF and don't have time to read everything we publish. We also know that like most of us, you probably like having things delivered straight to your digital doorstep. 

Here's most of everything we published this week in one easy to digest roundup, including all things Stadia, The Division 2, and Vampire: The Masquerade Bloodlines 2.

We've added links in case you find a headline that tickles your fancy and want to read more. We've also broken things down by category to make it as easy  to find what you're looking for. And finally, we've left out posts that are now meaningless because the event or sale has already ended. 

Sit back. Relax. Enjoy.  


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  • Google Announces Cross-Platform Gaming Service Stadia at GDC 2019
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  • Just Like We All Thought, Stadia Will Require High Speed Internet
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  • Google Stadia Will Support the Xbox Adaptive Controller
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  • Xaviant's The Culling Closing Online Components
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  • Konami Whips Up Hardcore Classic Collections for 50th Anniversary
    Including some of the company's most iconic games and franchises, three new collections from Konami will bring the nostalgia in 2019. Read more.
  • Apex Legends Season 1 Introduces Battle Pass, New Legend, More
    The long-awaited Wild Frontier update is here at last. We detail all the Apex Legends Season 1 rewards, battle pass pricing, new Legends, and more. Read more

  • Anthem Ranks as February's Best Selling Game
    It comes in as BioWare's second biggest-selling game in its first month sales, despite encountering a range of problems and poor reviews in that month. Read more

  • Indie Studio Brace Yourself Games Making Legend of Zelda Title, Cadence of Hyrule
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  • Epic Steals More Titles Out From Under Steam in The Outer Worlds, More
    Epic Games has a few more notches to add to its, "we got this game before Steam," belt, snagging The Outer Worlds and two other games. Read more

  • Tripwire Announces Killing Floor Double Feature For PlayStation 4
    A special Killing Floor bundle is coming to PlayStation 4 and PlayStation VR in May. Read more

  • Cuphead is Coming to the Nintendo Switch This Spring
    Cuphead and Mugman are bringing the Dark Souls of Platformers to the Switch very soon. Read more

  • Oddworld Soulstorm, a Brand-New Oddworld Game, Gets Cinematic Teaser
    The long-awaited Oddworld Soulstorm finally gets a new teaser trailer, complete with an accompanying graphics breakdown video. Read more

  • Playcrafting Announces Speakers For 3rd Annual Women In Games Night
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  • Metro: Exodus Outsells Its Predecessor on the Epic Store
    Deep Silver's Metro: Exodus saw a strong first month in sales, despite the controversy surrounding its change to the Epic Games Store. Read more

  • Check Out The Latest Mortal Kombat 11 Trailer Before Closed Beta Starts
    Mortal Kombat 11 enters closed beta in less than a week. Before that, check out the latest character reveal trailer. Read more

  • Paradox Announces Vampire: The Masquerade Bloodlines 2
    The wait is over. Vampire: The Masquerade: Bloodlines fans are finally getting the sequel they've been waiting for. Read more

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  • The Division 2 Review: The Best Looter Shooter in Years
    The Division 2 is an improvement on the first game in almost every way, and it's both a fun game and a satisfying investment. Read more

  • Ape Out Review: Crushing Guns Set to Crashing Drums
    An Ape on the run looking for a way out is fierce to face, and fun to play as. Guide your ape to freedom, smashing any gun-wielding captors who get in your way! Read more


  • Vampire: The Masquerade Bloodlines 2 is Already a Steam Top-Seller
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  • Epic Games Wants to Police Its Content Better Than Steam
    The Epic Games Store won't feature as many games as Steam, partially because it refuses to allow any game that doesn't meet its quality standards. Read more

  • Olympus Has Fallen: How Ubisoft Made The Division 2’s Washington Siege, Weapon Sounds Realistic
    Game Director Mathias Karlson talks about the lengths to which Ubisoft went to make The Division 2 as realistic as possible. Read more. 

  • Early Impressions: Outlaws of the Old West Brings Survival (And Bugs Galore) To The American Plains
    If you ever wished Ark was set in the wild west, you've found your perfect survival game as long as you can look past a laundry list of bugs in early access. Read more

  • The Gaming Community Is Pensive About Google Stadia for Good Reason
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  • Final Fantasy XV Proves Even Flawed Games Can Be a Great Time
    FFXV isn't the game the community wanted, but in its current state, it's still a greatly enjoyable experience. Read more

  • 8 Games and Franchises with the Biggest Translation Gaffes
    Video games are made or broken by the text that tells their stories. This is the story of 8 different games and franchises with some serious translation problems and how those errors came to be. Read more

  • 11 Best Weapons in The Division 2
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  • The Division 2 Guide: How to Upgrade the Crafting Bench
    Need to know how to bring your crafting in The Division 2 to the highest level? Then check out this full guide on how to upgrade the crafting bench. Learn more

  • The Division 2 Guide: Leveling and End Game Preparation
    Check this guide out for everything you need to know about leveling and getting ready for end game in The Division 2. Learn more.

  • How to Share Items, Gear, Loot in The Division 2
    Learn how to share items, gear, and loot with your teammates in this guide for The Division 2. Learn more

  • How to Get WW2 Uniform in The Division 2
    Follow this step-by-step guide to complete the Navy Hill mission and unlock a secret WW2 uniform in The Division 2. Learn more

  • How to Get the Chatterbox SMG in The Division 2
    The Chatterbox SMG is one of the most powerful exotic weapons players can get in The Division 2, but it involves some cache raiding in specific places. Learn more

  • The Division 2 Hyena Key and Chest Locations
    Faction keys are your ticket to rare and powerful loot, and this guide tells where to find Hyena keys, while also touching on Hyena chest locations. Learn more

  • Guide To Winning Every Match
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Check back next Saturday morning for more.