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E3 news: The Division 2 release date, gameplay and story trailers

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The Division 2 screenshot shows several SHD agents shooting up random NPCs
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Ubisoft have revealed The Division 2 gameplay and offered some inisght into the story of the game. Most importantly, fans received the info they were hoping for - The Division 2 will be released on 15 March 2019 to kick off the spring.

The Story trailer above notes that The Division 2 is set six months after the events of the original game and the Dollar Flu seems to have ravaged the entire country since not even the capital itself was spared. Players will assume the role of a custom Strategic Homeland Division (SHD) agent once again, this time during summer in Washington D.C.

There is currently no indication whether we will get to continue the story of The Division or if it will even matter. The story with Aaron Keener was left so spectacularly unfinished that it would surprise me if EA didn't approach Ubisoft about publishing it. 

Meanwhile, the gameplay seems to remain largely the same, with a few interesting combat mechanics added to it. For example, the trailer below shows some old and familiar abilities such as the seeker mine but it also shows new weapon class - the grenade launcher. It was used to launch some sort of flammable chemical in this video.

There is a part with the "heavy" boss fight of sorts and while everyone expected the apparent players to simply unload just over 9000 bullets on the armoured guy, Ubisoft demonstrated an armour destruction system. The agents can be seen concentrating their fire on different parts of the enemy's armour, destroying them and then eventually killing the target itself.

Unfortunately, while the video looked pretty and the new combat mechanics were welcome, the experience was somewhat ruined by the horribly scripted narration of the events by the supposed players. Take a look and torture your earlobes in the video below.

Another somewhat cringy situation arose at the start of the video as Ubisoft proclaimed that this was actual gameplay footage, prompting viewers to make fun of The Division 2. Since this is the internet, it was to be expected that the memes would soon follow.

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