Following the announcement by Ubisoft and Massive Entertainment that further content would be added to The Division 2 more than a year ago, players were sceptical of what to expect, given that the game had already reached what was essentially end-of-life maintenance mode at that point. For the time being, the creators have refrained from disclosing too much information, with the exception of cautioning players against setting themselves up for disappointment by having unreasonable expectations.
Massive, on the other hand, has finally released more information on The Division 2’s next major content drop, and the good news is that it’s expected to arrive in just a few days from now. Season 9: Hidden Alliance will include a continuation of the game’s continuing seasonal narrative, a new endgame element, a new 8-player game option, and a slew of other new features and enhancements.
Similarly to the release of Division 2 Season 8 in February, Hidden Alliance is a relatively tiny and limited release, being only a fraction of the size of the Warlords of New York expansion in terms of size. Captain Lewis of the True Sons is the new major adversary that players will have to contend with, and his party will now have the ability to invade and take over some old campaign goals. Countdown, a new 8-player PvE game in which players must race against the clock to prevent a nuclear meltdown, will provide even more depth to the seasonal narrative.
Moreover, the Expertise system is being introduced to The Division 2, which is effectively a min-maxing tool for players at the endgame level that allows them to increase the various base values of nearly all of their gear. A range of new weapons and armour pieces will be released in conjunction with Season 9, as well as a few Exotics and cosmetic items from the Season 9 expansion pack.
As Season 9: Hidden Alliance is set to begin on May 12th, and as the first of three season pass releases scheduled for 2022, now may be an excellent moment for new players to get their feet wet in the MMO world. However, while some players believe that The Division 2 is not a direct competitor to Destiny 2, others believe that the game still has a lot to offer, and that the game’s new releases will bring the community back together, even if it is just for a short period of time.
While the fact that it will receive three more seasonal content drops through 2022 is certain to excite fans, The Division 2’s vague announcement of its revival initially hinted at a potentially more substantial release, and the community had hoped for another Warlords of New York-level DLC instead of seasonal content drops. Nonetheless, new content is new content, and the promises of major new endgame-level features and game types are warmly received by the player community.
The Division 2 is currently available for purchase on PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Stadia, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X/S consoles.