The Division 2 Year 6 Season 1 First Rogue: Start date, updates, and everything we know so far

 The Division 2 First Rogue.
The Division 2 First Rogue.

The Division 2 currently drops three seasons per year, each lasting for just over four months, giving its players ample opportunity to complete the Manhunt, the season pass and all the other events that drop throughout. Not to mention, getting their hands on the latest exotics, gear sets and named items.

Year 6 is just beginning, and the first season is slated to be the last before we start to see significant changes and new content. The seasonal model is slated to be updated for Season 2, with the long-awaited Brooklyn DLC coming in Season 3. For now, things are essentially following the current pattern, but the story is continuing to grow and Project Resolve is almost at an end.

Here's what we know so far.

The Division 2 Year 6 Season 1 start date

Aaron Keener in The Division 2 Year 6 Season 1 First Rogue
Aaron Keener in The Division 2 Year 6 Season 1 First Rogue

Year 6 Season 1 is scheduled to begin on Tuesday, June 11. Weekly resets in The Division 2 happen every Tuesday morning, based on European time, and the new season will go live following this pattern.

There is usually a period of 3 hours downtime beginning at 8.30 a.m. UK time, but as always, the maintenance time could be extended or shortened.

The Division 2 Year 6 Season 1 First Rogue: Manhunt and Season Pass

The Division 2 Year 6 Season 1 First Rogue
The Division 2 Year 6 Season 1 First Rogue

Based on the initial teaser, we're not slowing down in our pursuit of long-time protagonist, Aaron Keener. There aren't many details at this point, having only seen the teaser in the Ubisoft Forward pre-show at the time of writing. Presumably the Manhunt will see us chasing him, after the bombshell in the last Year 5 Season, Vanguard, that saw our ally, Kelso, align with Keener.

This quote from the blog post suggests this time, he's coming to us.

"Keener is coming to Washington, D.C. and he has sent us an invitation to parley, but first we will need to pass his twisted trials and prove our worth. An alliance with Keener and his Rogues could be the key to stopping Natalya Sokolova and the Black Tusk. But what will the cost be? "

This season's Manhunt looks like a more traditional fairing, targeting individuals rather than locations, as we saw in Vanguard.

The Division 2 Year 6 Season 1 First Rogue calendar
The Division 2 Year 6 Season 1 First Rogue calendar

Additionally, a new season pass will come into play, with new gear, blueprints, exotic items and cosmetics. As always, players won't be required to buy the season pass to get their hands on the best new stuff, with the paid track just offering more goodies to those who spring for it. There will also be the usual sprinkling of Global Events and Apparel Events, as well as the speed run focused leagues to participate in throughout.

Overlord exotic shotgun in The Division 2
Overlord exotic shotgun in The Division 2

There are two new exotic items confirmed for this season. First up are a pair of kneepads, the Acosta's Kneepads. There will also be a new exotic weapon to get your hands on, the Overlord exotic shotgun.

First up, the Overlord's stats.

Talent: Capitulate

  • Hitting an enemy will apply a stack of –4% Movement Speed for each pellet hit for 5 seconds. Shooting again will reapply stacks.

Weapon Stats and Mods

  • Optics Slot: +15% Critical Hit Damage

  • Magazine Slot: +15% Reload Speed

  • Underbarrel Slot: +20% Weapon Stability

Acosta's Kneepads in The Division 2
Acosta's Kneepads in The Division 2

Then for Acosta's Kneepads, here's how they stack up.

Talent: Escape Plan

  • Vaulting, climbing or dropping from top of an object gives +10% Movement Speed for 3 seconds. After not moving for 5 seconds, receive +20% Movement Speed for 5 seconds.

  • When affected by a Status Effect, a +10% Movement Speed is granted for 5 seconds.
    Max Movement Speed bonus is 20%. The bonuses do not stack with Movement Speed bonuses from other sources.

  • -50% Movement Impairment penalty from Status Effects.

In addition, there will be a new gear set and a new brand set, as well as three new named gear pieces:

  • Zwiadowka Sp. z o.o brand set

  • Bober named chest piece

  • Eagle's Grasp named gloves

  • Breaking Point gear set

New Apparel Event inspired by the companion novels to The Division 2

The Division 2 Operation Crossroads apparel event
The Division 2 Operation Crossroads apparel event

This season's new Apparel Event is a good one, with cosmetics based on the Operation Crossroads companion novels.

As always, you earn the caches by just playing the game (or buying them with real money if you so desire). Everyone gets one cache to start with. From there, every four SHD levels you increase you'll get another, and if you have the premium track of the season pass you'll get three more.

The Division 2 Warlords of New York now available to all players

The Division 2 editions as of June 2024
The Division 2 editions as of June 2024

While it snuck out a little before the start of the reveal stream, Ubisoft has now confirmed that all new players of The Division 2 will now have access to Warlords of New York.

Ubisoft has also revealed now that the endgame for The Division 2 is being unified, and all players will be united at level 40. The gear score and world tiers system from the base game is gone, and instead all players will now play up to level 40. Once there, the endgame content, including the seasonal manhunt and all additional game modes, will be unlocked. Everyone will play together, whether they have the expansion or not.

If you already play and don't have the expansion, you'll be able to play all the game modes previously locked behind it. But you can still upgrade, get WONY, play the campaign and obtain the SHD watch if you wish, which is worth doing since you have 1,000 levels on there to add extra stats to your character.

The Division 2 Year 6 Season 1 First Rogue: New commendations

Five new commendations are being added to the game with Year 6 Season 1 First Rogue, all of which focus on the roguelike Descent mode.

  • Descent Loop 6 Award - Reach loop 6 in Descent 3 times.

  • Descent Basic Award - Beat the Nemesis in Descent without equipping any exotic talents.

  • Descent 50 Award - Complete 50 loops in Descent.

  • Descent High Roller - Reroll talents 15 times in Descent.

  • Perfect Descent - Defeat the Nemesis with a full squad, without any of the 4 teammates going down during the run.

The start of a big new year for The Division 2

Aaron Keener, the target of Year 6 Season 1 First Rogue
Aaron Keener, the target of Year 6 Season 1 First Rogue

Year 6 is going to be a huge one for The Division 2. Manhunts and Seasons are getting revamped, there's a DLC expansion planned, and a whole lot of story to tell. Season 1 First Rogue will be the last under this current seasonal model, before things change up significantly in Season 2.

Time to Rogue hunting.