The Division 2 release date, locations, raids, free DLC, and everything we know

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Tom Clancy's The Division 2 ups the stakes of the first game in many ways, from new gear, new ways to define your role, a new setting, and more. An online tactical shooter, The Division 2 is all about banding together to save a crumbling society in the wake of viral decimation. Well, that and getting sweet, sweet loot drops. 

Here's everything we know.

The Division 2 release date is set for spring

You'll be able to play The Division 2 on PC, PS4, and Xbox One when its release date arrives on March 15, 2019. For your reference, that's just over three years after the original game came out on March 8, 2016 - though primary developer Massive Entertainment has kept busy with substantial post-launch updates since then.

The Division 2 locations include the White House, Air and Space Museum, and Roosevelt Island

At Gamescom 2018, Ubisoft confirmed some of the specific places you'll be visiting in The Division 2, and it spreads far beyond the National Mall. Here's what Ubisoft had to say about each of the confirmed locations to our sister site, PC Gamer:

Roosevelt Island: "Roosevelt Island is forested, people go walking in there, they go hiking and for us this is a mysterious place."

Air and Space Museum: "Anybody who ever talks about it does so with a smile—it's got aviation, it's got space exploration, people often went there as children. Looking at the space alone looks fun, and it represents something for players to explore."

The White House: This place stirs "strong emotions" in people, which is definitely putting things lightly, for better or worse.

The Division 2 trailer takes you to Washington D.C.

The original Division was all about New York City in the winter, beginning just weeks after a deadly strain of flu struck down most of its population and chaos seized the rest. The Division 2 will pick up months later in Washington D.C., which is looking downright apocalyptic at this point. Apparently the quarantine efforts failed pretty hard. Now it's on you, an agent of the secret government sleeper group called The Division, to put things back together.

The Division 2 gameplay has a strong emphasis on the endgame

You still won't pick a class when you start playing The Division 2, but you sort of will after you finish the campaign. The sequel introduces multiple Specializations that agents can pick up just as they're getting ready to head into the endgame; selecting one will give you access to exclusive weapons like sniper rifles and grenade launchers, and unique variations of agent abilities. It's sort of a class-lite system, and it sounds like a cool way to encourage planning for the new Raids. Yep, watch out Destiny - The Division 2 is getting raids, and they'll support teams of up to eight players.

The Division 2 DLC will give away at least three new episodes for free

No word on whether The Division 2 will offer paid DLC - though it's a good bet - but Ubisoft has already confirmed three new DLC episodes coming free in the first year. That should keep you busy for a while.

The Division 2 beta is taking sign-ups now

Ubisoft hasn't said when The Division 2's beta will begin, but you can sign up for it right now. Just head to the game's official website, enter your details and preferred platform, and you'll be ready to play early whenever the game's ready for testing.