The Dark Zone was an area in The Division that fully enabled PvP action which made it one of most unique sections of the game, but now the Dark Zone is getting some significant changes in The Division 2.
While the gameplay in The Division 2’s Dark Zone will remain relatively untouched from the first game, developer Ubisoft has some changes in store to make the area more rewarding for players.
Ubisoft discussed the changes in a blog post on January 22 and explained how the Dark Zone would now be broken up into three distinct parts.
Players who enter the Dark Zone in The Division 2 will have three different areas to choose from that are all focused on different playstyles and skill builds. The different areas are:
Dark Zone East — The largest of all three Dark Zones, players utilize long sightlines in over-grown governmental parks.
Dark Zone South — The smallest of the Dark Zones, emphasis is placed on close-quarters combat. Sightlines are easily broken with large interiors and choke points.
Dark Zone West — Split into two parts by a large canal, Georgetown is characterized by medium-range engagements and features European style architecture.
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Going Rogue has also been changed for the Division 2. Unlike the first game, there will be three different levels of Rouge a player can get to.
Rogue - Players can attack other players to gain XP, currency, and steal their loot, but any other player can try to take them out.
Disavowed Rogue - Happens after a player kills another while Rogue. Players who are Disavowed will have a red icon that makes them more visible on the map to other players.
Manhunt Rogue - After a player kills multiple other Agents while Disavowed, all players are alerted to their presence, and a large bounty will be placed on the player’s head, making them a prime target.
Players who first visit to the Dark Zone in the upcoming shooter will be met with an entirely PvE experience that will allow them to get a lay of the land, while also learning how the area went “dark” in the first place.
Organized PvP will also be offered in The Division 2’s Dark Zone, with three custom maps and a Skirmish and Team Deathmatch mode at launch.
The Division 2 is schedule to release March 2019, and a Private Beta is set to begin on February 7.