The Division 2 is getting a Hardcore Mode and holiday event

Ubisoft and Massive Entertainment have revealed that The Division 2’s 6.1 update will be hitting live servers on December 10th.

The upcoming update will kick off a holiday event called Situation: Snowball. During the event, the login screen will get a festive makeover and a holiday care package will be available that includes a Santa Hat. In addition, Ambusher crews will have a random chance to appear wearing Santa hats and killing the “Hoarder” NPC in the group will drop “The Sleigher,” a new weapon that shoots snowballs.

As well as the holiday event, the game’s fifth Apparel Event will get underway on December 10th. The Silent Night event will be live until December 31st and all players who log in during the event will get one free key. Massive Entertainment has also made changes to how keys are earned for this event, including guaranteed keys with every three Field Proficiencies and every five Dark Zone Proficiencies, three keys for weekly apparel projects, and the ability to gift keys.

Finally, The Division 2 will be getting a beta version of Hardcore Mode with this update. Players must create a new Agent to take part in Hardcore Mode and all progress and items will be lost on death. Hardcore players don’t have access to the Stash and no gameplay rewards will carry over to other Agents. Players who decide to risk Hardcore can earn special vanity rewards, including a YOLO hat.

“More work is still needed on Hardcore Mode, but the developers are releasing it in beta because they feel that it’s already a fun addition to the game, and adds something new for players to experience,” Ubisoft adds. “Some things haven’t yet been implemented as fully envisioned by the developers, and there are planned features that haven’t yet been added.”

The Division 2 is available now on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC.

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