Ubisoft E3 2019: The Division 2 Free DLC Details Revealed, Play Free this Weekend

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During the Ubisoft E3 2019 press conference, developer Massive Entertainment revealed their DLC plans for Tom Clancy’s The Division 2. The Division 2 DLC will include three free episodes throughout the year and into 2020. Year 1 pass holders will receive the DLC a week before launch.

Episode 1 D.C. Outskirts (July 2019) lets players explore beyond the city of Washington D.C., including the Washington National Zoo. Episode 1 also adds a new Expedition mode, adding co-op challenges each week set in Trinity College.

Episode 2 Pentagaon: The Last Castle (Fall 2019) adds three new story missions within the Department of Defense headquarters. It will also add The Division 2’s second 8-player raid, Operation Dark Hours, where players travel to a foundry to take on the True Sons.

Episode 3 Coney Island: Homecoming (Spring 2020) brings it all back to the setting of the first The Division, New York City. Specifically, Coney Island, where someone is trying to spread a new virus to wipe out the rest of humanity.

To get more people interested in The Division 2, Ubisoft is hosting a free weekend this weekend, June 13-16 on PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. Players will be able to keep their progress should they choose to purchase the game afterward.

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Ubisoft Donating Over $500,000 for Notre Dame; Assassin’s Creed Unity Free on PC

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Earlier this week the world stood shocked as one of the most famous landmarks in the world, the Cathedral at Notre Dame in Paris, France, suffered a devastating fire. Donations from individuals and corporations have been flooding in to repair and rebuilt one of our most iconic landmarks.

French game studio Ubisoft has pledged €500,000 (about $562,000) to aid in Notre Dame’s restoration.

“As the smoke clears on the events that unfolded on Monday at the Notre-Dame de Paris, we stand in solidarité with our fellow Parisians and everyone around the world moved by the devastation the fire caused,” states the press release. “In light of Monday’s events, we will be donating €500,000 to help with the restoration and reconstruction of the Cathedral. We encourage all of you who are interested to donate as well.”

Additionally, Ubisoft is giving away Assassin’s Creed Unity for free on PC, via UPlay. The catch is, well, you’ll need a UPlay account. The free giveaway is also only available for one week, now until April 25.

Assassin’s Creed Unity released in 2014. It took place in France during the French Revolution era of the late 18th century. Notre Dame is a fully explorable location with Unity. Many famous historical landmarks like Notre Dame are painstakingly modeled to be exact replicas of their real world counterparts.

If you’re interested in donating, the French Heritage Foundation has set up an online form for tax deductible donations.

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Ubisoft Shuts Down Starlink Toy Production Due to Poor Sales

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It’s been a long time since we’ve heard any good news regarding the toys-to-life genre. Unfortunately more bad news has hit this week. Ubisoft announced they are ending production of the physical toys for Starlink: Battle for Atlas.

“Despite the immense and continuous support from our players, the sales for Starlink: Battle for Atlas fell below expectations,” read the official statement. “Consequently, we recently made the decision to not release any additional physical toys for the Spring update and in the future.”

It’s important to note that unlike previous toys-to-life games like Skylanders and Disney Infinity, the physical toys for Starlink are entirely optional. In fact, the digital version is a far a better deal, as it includes four ships and several weapons, far more than the physical starter set.

Starlink: Battle for Atlas released in October 2018 on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Switch. The starter packs included a physical ship and several attachable weapons. The Switch version includes a special Star Fox crossover, including Fox McCloud and his Arwing spaceship.

At launch Ubisoft released six starship packs ($24.99), four weapon packs ($9.99), and four pilot packs ($7.99). These packs can also be purchased digitally at about 50% reduced prices.

Despite the physical toy shutdown, the game itself is still going to receive updates. As per the most recent Nintendo Direct, Starlink is receiving new content later this month. The Switch version is getting even more Star Fox content, including exclusive Star Fox missions. All the versions are getting more missions and challenges, including starship racing. Additionally, the Starlink team is currently working on the “biggest update to the game so far,” which will include new ships, pilots, and weapons, all digital.