Tom Clancy’s The Division 2: Episode 1 is out now along with a big patch that adds some new gear, fixes bugs, and rebalances skills.
Episode 1 is out! For those holding a Year 1 Pass, that means a couple of new assignments along with early access to all the new game content. The rest of us won't get the full benefit of the new D.C. Outskirts: Expeditions DLC until July 30th.
However, everyone received the same 8-gig patch that also dropped along with the Expeditions content, which includes squashed bugs, a rebalancing of player skills, and best of all, a flashlight attachment for your pistol.
There are two new main missions that come with D.C. Outskirts: Expeditions and both take you outside the core of Washington D.C. The first takes operatives to Camp White Oak where President Andrew Ellis is in hiding. No spoilers for those who haven't played through the main campaign yet, but you're not going to be visiting Mr. Ellis for tea and crumpets.
The other mission will take you to Manning National Zoo to kill the Outcasts leader Emeline Shaw, while the new Expedition game mode will take players to Kenly College to investigate a convoy that mysteriously disappeared.
For Year 1 Pass holders, two new assignments will take you to the Central Aquarium and NSA Site B13. The Aquarium ought to be an interesting place to have a gunfight in, while NSA Site B13 is likely to be a bit more like a typical military installation.
A new difficulty has been added for those unable to make any progress with the Operation Dark Hours raid. Called "Discovery Difficulty", this easy-mode will make it possible to beat the raid with less powerful gear but the loot rewards will also be less spectacular. On the plus side, you'll be able to practice for doing the raid on Normal difficulty, which is invaluable.
Along with some new weapons and gear, gear scores have been increased to 500 and blueprints can now be shared across characters. Crafted weapons can be recalibrated too, so there's no longer any need to deconstruct your high-end gear with the hopes of getting a better version later.
For the full list of changes, check out the patch notes on the Ubisoft forums.