While we’ve already gotten a trailer for The Division 2 Episode 3, and even some of the changes coming after it, we have something more interesting to share today, and that’s The Division 2 Episode 3 new Specialization, weapons and more!
In yesterday’s State of the Game developer stream, Ubisoft Massive talked a bit about some of the content coming to Episode 3. We already know the missions and other stuff, but there’s a lot more included in this free DLC.
The Division 2 Episode 3 New Weapons:
New Weapon – Honey Badger
As Seen in the trailer, the Honey Badger will be added to the game as a normal weapon.
New Exotic – Chameleon
The new Exotic is an assault rifle that revolves around three buffs. These buffs are not exclusive, so you can build them up at the same time and then it is all about timing to activate and stack all the three buffs.
It also changes its color depending on your environment and the source of the weapon is a surprise as of now.
- Hitting 30 headshots grants +20% critical hit chance and +50% critical hit damage for 45 seconds.
- Hitting 60 body shots grant +100% weapon damage for 45 seconds.
- Hitting 30 leg shots grants +150% reload speed for 45 seconds.
- While holstered, gain +5% weapon handling.
Two New Classified Assignments
With Episode 3 Year 1 Pass owners get two exclusive new Classified Assignments.
The Division 2 Episode 3 New Specialization – Firewall
The Flamethrower has been on the board for quite some time as something they wanted to explore – also because it is not something that you would expect to be in the arsenal of a Division Agent. They also wanted to add it to the game for quite some time, but it took time to develop and with Episode 3 and the return of the Cleaners it was a perfect fit to add it now.
The basic idea about the Firewall Specialization is to go up-close and personal. Obviously, the flamethrower has a limited range (about 15 meters) and that feels quite close in the game, but there are also some very cool synergies with the Skills.
K8-JetStream Flamethrower Signature Weapon
The Firewall is equipped with the K8-JetStream Flamethrower Signature Weapon. The Flamethrower ensures that you can take on enemies up close by firing an arc of flame dealing fire damage and applying the burn effect to enemies caught in its radius.
New Skill Variant
With Firewall Specialization you get a new Skill Variant for the Shield that allows you to use your Flamethrower and the shield at the same time. This shield combo allows you to get close to the enemies and deal damage at the same time.
The new Striker Shield Variant will also give the allies that are taking cover behind you a damage buff depending on how many enemies are in a cone in front of you. So basically, when you have the shield equipped, you see a cone on the ground and the more enemies you have in that cone, the bigger the damage buff is that your allies get.
This can, of course, be combined with the team buffs, that give your team members in close proximity a damage buff.
- The Firewall Tactical Link gives a 10% damage buff to all team members that are within a 10-meter distance.
- Bull Rush +50% Bonus Armor during cover to cover moves – Image
- Fiery Response – On armor break, apply burn to enemies within 5m (This should give you some protection when you get flanked while using the shield) – Image
- Enriched Magnesium Formula – 10%/20%/30%/40%/50% increased Burn duration
- Frontline Recovery – 10%/20%/ 30% Health on Kill
The assigned handgun is a double-barrel shotgun that applies a debuff to enemies that increases the flammability.
Damaged enemies lose 50% burn resistance for 5 seconds.
This becomes especially useful when you encounter enemies that are immune to burn. One-shot and they can be lit on fire with any tool in your arsenal.
The dedicated grenade of this Specialization is the “Cluster Grenade”.
The Cluster Grenade launches mini grenades that detonate in a large area of effect.
The dedicated weapon mod is a Tactical Short Grip for the underbarrel slot and it gives +10% Critical Hit Damage.
Since the whole concept of this Specialization is about close encounters, the Armor Kit also supports that by giving you constant healing over 10 seconds:
The dedicated Armor Kit of this specialization recovers 200% armor and 200% health over 10 seconds.
Special Field Research
Similar to the Special Field Research for previous Year 1 Specializations, you will need to take on five stages of in-game challenges that each have their specific set of objectives and rewards. Once you have completed all the stages, you unlock access to the Firewall Specialization, adding the K8-Jetstream Flamethrower to your repertoire of powerful Signature Weapons.
If you own the Year 1 Pass, you will instantly unlock the Firewall Specialization. You still have the option to take on the Special Field Research, but as you progress through each stage of challenges you can unlock additional, exclusive cosmetic rewards such as the Firewall Safety Helmet, Shirt, Pants, and Mask. Additionally, you can collect the Caldera and Basalt Weapon skins, Lava Lake and Tremor Gear dyes and the Mundane Signature Weapon Skin.
- Since Pass holders get immediate access to the specialization, doesn’t this create a gameplay advantage?
Specializations have abilities and specialized weapons tailored to specific playstyles. Though Year 1 Pass owners will have the benefit of instant access to new Specializations, all players will be able to unlock them through gameplay. All Specializations have different strengths and weaknesses and appeal to different playstyles and tactical situations. The new Specializations will offer the same tier of power as other Specializations.
- Is Year 1 Pass the only option to instantly access the specialization and earning the cosmetic rewards?
Players interested in the Firewall Specialization access and earnable cosmetic rewards, can either secure it through the Year 1 Pass, or purchase a Firewall ‘Specialization Pack’ for Premium Credits on the in-game store. This entitles them to the same benefits for the Firewall Specialization.
- Can I still get the cosmetic rewards if I start the Specialization Field Research without the Pass?
Yes, you can upgrade to the Year 1 Pass at any point. The moment you get the Year 1 Pass, you will immediately unlock the Firewall (if you have not finished the Research just yet), as well as get the cosmetic rewards you have earned, depending on which stage you are at. Even if you unlocked the Specialization without the Pass, once you purchase it, you will immediately unlock all cosmetic rewards.
That’s a lot to take in, no? Episode 3 will drop sometime in February according to Ubisoft. In addition to Episode 3, Ubisoft has already relayed some of the changes they’re bringing to the game after the big content drop.