Ubisoft and Massive Entertainment have finally addressed The Division 2's extremely long boot and in-game loading times on PC, which appeared after the update on 16 April 2019. The patch with a fix for this issue is now live on PC servers.
The Division 2 has been nothing but success for Ubisoft since the game released earlier this year. The critically acclaimed shooter improved on its predecessor in almost every way and players were overall pleased with Massive Entertainment's work on the sequel.
However, after the release, Ubisoft released a couple of updates that introduced a lot of issues including the painfully long boot and in-game loading times. The specific update that introduced this particular problem was released on 16 April 2019. After the patch went live, players started reporting that the game can take up to five minutes to load.
Keep in mind that we're talking about the boot times here, meaning that some players have to wait five minutes from hitting the Play button in Uplay to get to the main menu. "Since the last patch, the loading times have become absolutely ridiculous. My PC is quite old, but loading the game was no problem before the patch (60-90 seconds). Now it's upwards of five minutes," Redditor FTL_Dodo wrote in his post.
Fortunately, this issue was always one of the biggest priorities for Massive and Ubisoft and it's been fixed in the latest patch. In today's general weekly maintenance, Ubisoft implemented a fix that "should decrease the boot and loading times for the PC client".
It looks like Ubisoft and Massive are not yet sure if the new fix will completely remove the issue but hopefully, the improvements will be more than noticeable to the majority of players.
The patch doesn't include any other fixes, it was specifically implemented for the loading times issues and it only includes the fix for the problem on PC.