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News video games 18 January 2019, 13:11

author: Adrian Werner

The Division 2: new footage shows Dark Zones and Conflict mode

Ubisoft presents changes and new features of Dark Zones in Tom Clancy's The Division 2, as well as the Conflict mode.

We are still two months away from the release of Tom Clancy's The Division 2, the continuation of the popular online shooter from 2016. Waiting for the game should be made more pleasant by the new video footage, presenting, among others, changes in the so-called Dark Zone and the Conflict PvP mode.

Dark Zones


  1. Developer: Massive Entertainment
  2. Publisher: Ubisoft
  3. Genre: action game
  4. Platforms: PC, XONE, PS4
  5. Release date: March 15, 2019.

In the first installment, the Dark Zone was an area where we fought against both artificial intelligence and other players. The level of difficulty was much higher than in other sections of the game, but the reward was the opportunity to get rare items. In Tom Clancy's The Division 2, this mode is to be expanded and designed to appeal not only to the most hard-core fans. Instead of a single Dark Zone, we will get three of them, located around the metro station, near the pier and in the Georgetown district. Up to 12 players will be able to play in each of them at the same time.

The Dark Zones are mainly designed for endgame, but during the campaign there will be several missions in these locations to familiarize the players with the different rules that apply there.

The Division 2: new footage shows Dark Zones and Conflict mode - picture #1
There will be three Dark Zones in the game.

The way we acquire items will change. In the first instalment, it always required the so-called extraction, where we had to defend our position against enemy attacks long enough for the helicopter to be able to fly out the loot. This mechanic will return in Tom Clancy's The Division 2, but only for the most valuable equipment. We will be able to use the remaining items as soon as they are found.

During the game we will be given the option of becoming so-called rogue agents. This will enable us to open loot crates using lockpicks, steal equipment acquired by other players before it is extracted and hack terminals providing access to valuable resources. There will also opportunities to attack other players. The more such actions we perform, the more our rogue agent status will increase. This will provide access to new challenges and opportunities, but will also make us a priority target for other users in the Zone.

Checkpoints in Dark Zones will be equipped with indestructible watchtowers, which will target all aggressors, both those controlled by artificial intelligence and other players. This is supposed to reduce camping, which is common in the first parts of the camping.

To prevent things being too easy for us, from time to time a dynamic event in the form of so-called Occupied Dark Zone will be activated. During the evenr all the rules will cease to apply and survival will become a real challenge, but the rewards will be much more valuable. Thee event will cover only one Zone at a time, so those who prefer less brutal gameplay will be able to play in the others.

Interestingly, it is not Massive, the main developer of the game, who is responsible for the development and implementation od Dark Zones in Tom Clancy's The Division 2, but Red Storm Entertainment, a team known mainly from the first several installments of Rainbow Six and Ghost Recon series.


The Division 2: new footage shows Dark Zones and Conflict mode - picture #2
The game will lanuch mid-March.

Dark Zones will not be the only PvP option. Players will also be able to play in the Conflict mode, offering two variants – Domination and Skirmish. Two four-person teams will face each other, and the battles will take place on separate maps, located outside the main story line. Victory will provide us with rewards, which we will then take to the open world.

In Domination the teams will fight for control over three zones. This will require holdinh the points on the map for a certain period of time or performing special actions. The Skirmish, in turn, will resemble a classic team deathmatch.

Tom Clancy's The Division 2 is heading for PC, Xbox One and PlayStation 4. The release will take place on March 15, next year. We will be able to test the production next month during the closed beta. Just to reming you, PC users will be unable to buy the game on Steam. It will be available only through Uplay and Epic Games Store.

  1. Tom Clancy’s The Division 2 official website
Tom Clancy's The Division 2

Tom Clancy's The Division 2

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