The Division 2 Raid: Where’s the Matchmaking?
Last week, Ubisoft unleashed a rather massive update for Tom Clancy’s The Division 2. What made it even more special was the fact that it included Operation Dark Hours—the very first The Division 2 Raid! Needless to say, fans were on the edge of their seats as it is something they had been clamoring for since the game’s release.
All seemed well in the eyes of the gaming public… until fans got a taste of the raid itself.
Is something amiss in this Raid?
Sadly, yes. Fans eagerly welcomed Operation Dark Hours with open arms. That’s well and good. However, excitement and hysteria soon gave way to seething ire as players became downright disappointed. The culprit: a noticeable lack of Division 2 Matchmaking! As of now, players who want to take on the raid will need to assemble their teams via their friends or clan lists. You can imagine how the inconvenience of doing so has rubbed people the wrong way. Whether or not this whole thing was intended or was simply due to a lack of foresight is unclear. What is clear, though, is the huge wave of backlash that Ubisoft is currently suffering the brunt of.
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Will matchmaking eventually come?
In the near future, yes! All hope isn’t lost for this raid as the game’s creative director, Chadi El Zibaoui, addressed the issue. In a stream, he promised the Division 2 faithful that Ubisoft is currently back at the drawing board so that the matchmaking that people want will come to fruition. This news tidbit has seemingly appeased players’ anger. However, Zibaoui goes on to warn them that playing with strangers might not always have pleasant results.
He states that, “you need to be sure the team you are going to work with has microphones, speaks the same language, has the proper gear to support the team. It’s not about simple matchmaking as we do for the missions. A mission or any other content, eventually, you can play with randoms, and you will manage to beat that content. For the raid, if we deliver such matchmaking, it will be tougher, if not impossible, for you to complete the content.”
The Division 2 Raid (Operation Dark Hours) has a lot going for it and it seems to have piqued the gaming public’s interest enough to have a solid run. While the idea of playing with total strangers does indeed raise valid concerns to be wary of, we’d be remiss if we didn’t point out the obvious: It would be nice to have that option nonetheless. Should you not have enough friends—or any at all—to join you in the raid, you really won’t have any choice but to join up with others.
So until Ubisoft settles this matchmaking affair, go forth and make friends so you can take this raid head on!
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