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The White House in The Division 2 will be your base of operations

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An SHD agent is looking at the White House in flames
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Ubisoft Brazil have been livestreaming some news recently and part of those news was related to The Division 2. A segment of the video mentions the new base of operations for Strategic Homeland Division agents, which is the White House.

Confirmation of the White House doubling as a Base of Operations can be found at 17:33 in the video but the entire thing is in Portuguese as it was broadcast on Ubisoft Brazil's channel. You can turn auto translation on, which offers lines in broken English, but it can still be understood to a degree.

At 17:36 one line reads "throughout the campaign you go develop white house as its base of operations", which is easily understood as "players will develop the White House as their base of operations throughout the campaign".

This is followed by "and you're getting better and better; begins with the white house completely destroyed", meaning players will get to renovate parts of the building since it's a complete mess when they arrive at the scene. You can also check in with the poster of this thread on reddit for clearer translation.

This is highly reminiscent of The Division base of operations as James A. Farley building is a landmark in New York, it's completely trashed when SHD agents arrive and then becomes a thriving community by the end of the campaign as players set up different sections of the base.

The news has excited many a player, but it could also bear some unwanted attention. For example, Ubisoft have been under scrutiny by some media for being political in their games, with the main argument being that it's a Tom Clancy game. Setting up a base of operations in the White House might just add fuel to the fire, even though it is still unclear why anyone is attempting to make a big deal out of it.

UbisoftAn SHD agent is looking at the White House in flamesThe Division 2

Ubisoft haven't yet confirmed whether the White House will indeed be the base of operations on English speaking channels, possibly to avoid potential blowback for The Division 2 "being political". We should totally come knocking on their doors with torches and pitchforks in hand for this. It may be unimaginable to set a game in Washington D.C. for some due to concerns over political connotations, while rewriting history is completely fine in other instances.