Ubisoft players have been eagerly awaiting their first chance to properly test their wits, skills, and Division 2 builds with their first taste of raid content. But, although we could already celebrate the good news that the first Division 2 raid release date would be coming tomorrow, it won’t come with matchmaking.
The much-anticipated endgame mission, Operation Dark Hours, sees teams of eight players – each of whom must have reached World Tier 5 and defeated Tidal Basin Invaded mission – capture Washington National Airport from the notorious Black Tusks, but you won’t be able to do so with randoms.
On Twitter, Alexandre Guenounou, who is involved with the game’s marketing, said: “No there is no matchmaking, you have to team up through clan lists, their friends lists or by inviting other players in the game social spaces before you launch the raid.” In other words, if none of your friends play or have progressed far enough in The Division 2, you’re a bit stuck for now.
So, if your clan buddies aren’t raid-ready yet, you might well be spending some time babysitting them all the way to the latter endgame stages. Jordan, who gave us our definitive The Division 2 PC review, estimates that you’ll need at least 30 hours from starting the game to raid-ready.
— Alexandre Guenounou (@Alex_Gnn) May 14, 2019
The Division 2 is not the only looter shooter to not feature raid matchmaking, of course: approaching five years on from the launch of the original Destiny, this functionality is still absent from the interstellar service game. That said, it is easier to put a side together: the Destiny 2 raid, Leviathan, is for groups of up to six players.
Raid teams might be more likely to communicate and thus more successful, but not including an option could alienate a healthy chunk of the player base from tackling some of the most challenging and rewarding experiences looter shooters can offer.
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Whether this is addressed in future Division 2 updates remains to be seen, but Guenounou mentioned in further tweets that he would “circle back with the @UbiMassive team and we’ll get you a full overview and explanation.” So, even if we never get Division 2 raid matchmaking, we should at least find out the reasoning behind it.
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