With the original The Division ending on a positive note and The Division 2 being well received on the launch, the game has since slowly faded out of the limelight.
The new Warlords of New York for TD2 takes players back to the setting of the first game. The snow might be gone but ground zero is still the city that never sleeps.
The expansion also sees the return of original antagonist Aaron Keener. This rogue Division agent has now started launching more biological attacks around the city and it’s our job to take him down for good this time.
But finding Keener won’t be easy as you need to wipe out his Warlords and find clues to his whereabouts. You can tackle the Warlords in any order, allowing you to control where you go in New York. The new map is about a third of the size of the original DC map but has lots to explore and to collect.
With the new DLC comes new missions, which are probably some of the best that developers Massive Entertainment have produced, featuring plenty of the same satisfying cover shooter mechanics that everyone fell in love with.
But this time, small puzzles and rewards have been added to almost every new mission. For example, in one of the first missions you do there are fuse boxes with cables going throughout the whole building. Connecting these up and finding the key sees rewarded you with some rare loot nice and early.
With new missions comes new tech for you to use. The stand out right away is the return of the Sticky Bomb skill. At first it felt underwhelming, but after a while – and some levelling – it was quite satisfying to use this old skill again.
One of the entirely new and exciting skills is the Hologram Emitter, This allows you to throw a small device to a location of your choice and project a hologram that distracts enemy units. You can then heal or take the opportunity to blast them with the sticky bomb.
Throughout the expansion, you will hit level 40 and this allows you to up your Gear Score to 515 from 500.
This is where players will be looking to dig into the new endgame reward system too. Mercirfully, Massive has done away with the pointless loot caches. These never felt rewarding for elite players that have all the gear and are looking for more ways to improve.
The caches have been replaced with an EXP system that allows you to permanently upgrade your character. While these may be small upgrades, over time these will add up, and is one way that Massive are tackling the sheer amount of loot you get that’s not worth your time.
Even if you don’t purchase the add-on, you will get the new loot changes, making it easier for you to manage your inventory and spend more time playing the game grinding for the gear you need.
There are now more indicators to tell you if you already have something better saved and if you can store it in the Recalibration Station for a future weapon or armour slot.
The Division 2: Warlords of New York’s seasons will last 12 weeks, bringing new rogue agents to take down and new loot to acquire. It will be interesting to see what Massive have on the cards for future seasons but the first one has started well.
Warlords delivers a huge step forward for The Division 2, fixing a lot of the problems that have been around for a long time, bringing some much-needed variety into the map.
The big city creates tighter and more chaotic fights, adding to the experience. With the new missions and Skills for players to try it breathes some fresh air into the game.
The new rewards system helps make players feel valued for their time invested, and this is great for the elite among us. It is well worth jumping back into the game to explore New York once again and finally hunt down Aaron Keener.
The Division 2: Warlords of New York is out now for £24.99 and is available on PC, Xbox, PlayStation and Google Stadia