The Division 2 Operation Dark Hours Raid And Title Update 3 Pushed Back To May

the division 2 raining bannerOperation Dark Hours, the first ever 8-man raid in The Division 2, along with Title Update 3 has been delayed. The update and raid were both scheduled to come out on April 25th but had to be pushed back to May to give Massive Entertainment more time to “fine-tune” the game’s balance.

“[. . .] We have decided to move the release of Title Update 3—including Operation Dark Hours, our 8-player Raid—from April 25 to May 2019. The final release date of Title Update 3 will be based on results from further testing and balancing of the game. Operation Dark Hours will be your biggest challenge to date, and we want to make sure that we've properly tested the large amount of balance changes that are coming to both PvE and PvP and listen to your feedback about the changes before introducing the raid.”

The planned balance changes are mainly focused on PvP and the Dark and are based on feedback that the devs received with the release of Title Update 2 and Tidal Basin. As part of the upcoming balance changes, weapons and equipment will be normalized to GS 500 instead of the middle ground when participating in normalized content such as the Dark Zone. This should allow gear rolls, mods, and skill power to function as they would in PvE. PvP and Skill damage modifiers will also be decreased to allow for longer encounters and firefights.

In addition, contaminated loot will drop more often in both version of the Dark Zone. Players will also be able to carry more contaminated items with the revamped Dark Zone Pouch, Tier 1 Perk, and the Dark Zone Perk. Empty Dark Zones will also be a thing of the past as the devs work on guaranteeing that there will always be 12 players in the zone. Landmarks will also be getting a cooldown while the Rogue Cooldown has been removed.

Players can now test out these changes and others coming with Title Update 3 in the recently launched public test server. Find out more on The Division 2 official site. You can also find a detailed list of the changes in the State of the Game thread on Reddit or watch the developer video below.