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What you’ll be playing in The Division 2’s beta next week

Endgame specializations and ‘invaded’ Dark Zone is on the menu

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The closed-but-not-if-you-preorder-the-game beta for Tom Clancy’s The Division 2 gets going on Thursday, Feb. 7 (through Sunday, Feb. 10) and if you’re in, it sounds like it’ll serve a slice showing all the layers of the final game, including endgame stuff.

That means the three specializations, which unlock at level 30 in the full game, will be playable in the beta a day after it begins (on all platforms). On Friday, Feb. 8 beginning at 11 a.m. ET, players will be able to take on an “Invaded” mission, using a character at the level 30 cap. That will show them how The Division 2’s three specializations — survivalist (all-rounder), sharpshooter (sniper) and demolitionist (blow stuff up) — work.

The “invaded” mission sounds like what was explained to us as an “occupied” Dark Zone, during a media event back in December. Massive Entertainment and Red Storm Entertainment envision one of the three Dark Zones will get overrun in the endgame. In an occupied zone, there will be no normalization of weapon stats (among human players), friendly fire is on at all times, and there’s no way to tell who is a friendly agent and who has gone Rogue (hostile).

Otherwise, player progression in the rest of the beta will be capped at level 7 and will be limited to the eastern portion of The Division 2’s map. Players will be able to try out two main missions, playable at three difficulties; five side missions and other encounters in the open world; one of the Dark Zones; and PvP gameplay in the 4-on-4 Skirmish mode.

Tom Clancy’s The Division 2 launches March 15 on PlayStation 4, Windows PC and Xbox One.

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