March marked the one-year anniversary of the release of The Division, Ubisoft’s third-person shooter in which players fight their way through New York City after the outbreak of a deadly virus. Massive Entertainment, the studio developing the game (the group is under Ubisoft’s umbrella), has more plans for the game’s second year. However, it wants more people to check out the game through a free-to-play session planned for the next four days.
The event will give you access to the Standard Edition of the game from May 4-7. During this time, you can check out the main campaign, participate in co-op missions, or compete against other players in the Dark Zone. If the free trial convinces you to buy the game, you can purchase either the Standard or Gold (which includes the Season Pass) editions at a discounted $20 or $31.50, respectively. (The Gold edition on Xbox One will cost a bit more at $36.) You can take a look below at the free event's start and end times for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.
As part of the one-year anniversary celebration, Massive also revealed a few more details about its plans for Year Two of The Division, which comes in two free expansions. The first batch of content will feature a new type of event system that includes modifiers for additional challenges and leaderboards so you can compare your skills to other players. As a reward for completing the event, you’ll receive some vanity items. You’ll also get the ability to quickly switch between gear loadouts and “a system to mark a player’s feats.” As for the second expansion, the developers were a bit more mum on the subject, but we at least know that it won’t feature additional story-based content.
Release dates for both expansions haven't been announced, but they're likely to come out sometime this year. If you do purchase the Gold edition, you'll still get access to the previous three paid expansions to the game. With so much focus on free upcoming expansions, however, the likelihood of more paid content in the future is slim.