Ubisoft unveiled The Division 2 at E3 2018, a sequel that's only as highly anticipated as it is due to Massive Entertainment's excellent post-launch content for The Division. So it's no surprise that in the same breath of The Division 2's announcement a second announcement is made for continued support for The Division, specifically the new Shields feature. For excited players of The Division, however, Ubisoft and Massive were a little bit withholding. Luckily for them, a new datamine has revealed what may be the plans for Shield through February 2019.
Shields amounts to an achievement and reward system, providing new goals each month with increasingly impressive prizes -- including new story through audio logs as well as exclusive content for The Division 2. In order to access said rewards, players need to complete each Shield. Massive revealed the first four Shield's goals, as well as the schedule for all twelve Shields' eventual release. The datamine, from Reddit user iamnkn0wn, reveals the goals for all twelve Shields and opens up a lot of speculation, too.
That is to say, that now that The Division players know what goals they have to look forward to they speculate and plot out what content to focus on leading up to The Division 2. As understandable as it may be for Massive to keep it Shields secret to try and drive players to return all the way through February, enabling players to better manage their time is invaluable.
Already revealed are the Shepherd, Avenger, Deadeye, and Hazard Shields that will launch later in June. These Shields range from simply unlocking the Base of Operations to clearing landmarks in the Dark Zone. The goals for the eight remaining Shields, according to the datamine, will be:
- Sacred - July - Complete 10 phases, get to level 10, and kill 10 Hunters in the Underground
- Phoenix - August - Extract 5 items, survive for 5 hours, and kill 5 Hunters in Survival
- Talon - September - Attain a Commendation score of 3000
- Rebel - October - Get to wave 15 in Resistance
- Fang - November - Complete every available mission on Legendary difficulty
- Prime - December - Collect 3 full Classified gear sets
- Marshal - January - Acquire all Exotic Armor and Weapons
- Chieftan - February - Achieve the highest possible optimized gear score
It should now be evident that The Division's Shields will push players to conquer all in-game content in order to reap said rewards. That exclusive Backpack Trophy and Emote in The Division 2 is looking like it'll be a very rare acquisition.
Also apparent should be the reason for Ubisoft and Massive not sharing the entire Shields list up-front. Several of the next four Shields for July through October all require The Division's Season Pass, which if known at announcement would likely have been a little less positively received. Especially considering the lack of a Season Pass for The Division 2 was a big part of the game's announcement.
The Division is available now on PC, PS4, and Xbox One.