A firefight in Ubisoft’s The Division 2 generally follows a prescribed path. You’ll be trotting along, minding your own business when all of a sudden a mob of Second Amendment fanatics will pounce on you and begin unloading some democracy in your general direction. You’ll take cover, set up some gadgets that would make James Bond’s Thunderballs tingle and lay down some offensive fire from the business end of your weapon which will see enemy heads pop apart in a geyser of numbers.
And that’s great! Taking cover, moving around the battlefield and laying traps is what makes The Division 2 feel like a tense and brutal military engagement. Strategy, tactics and cunning are the tools that players need to master the streets of Washington DC as there’s a touch of realism to how Agents can fight and take damage.
Sometimes though, you want to toss safety to the side and engage in a little of the ol’ pray ‘n spray. Normally, sticking your head out like a meerkat in The Division 2 will result in a near instantaneous death…unless you’re laying as the new Gunner specialisation that is. Joining the Sharpshooter, Demolitionist and Survivalist, the Gunner scoffs at the idea of cover (SCOFFS TO THE MAX) and instead walks into danger with a minigun that will rip foes apart.
Gunners will have bonus armour that is scaled to the amount of specialised ammo they have in reserve, can supress enemies with ease as they walk towards them and can use the Banshee skill to confuse their targets out of cover. When you’re playing as the Gunner you can’t take cover, roll out of danger or mantle over obstacles, but then again you’re a juggernaut of death who slowly marches towards enemies and rips them to ribbons with a minigun so you don’t need to worry about figuring out how to be agile in the first place.
Here’s the catch: To play as the Gunner, Division 2 agents will need to complete a series of challenges, five in total. Anyone with some cash to spend, will need to complete only a single challenge, which requires you to fight a brutal keyboard on your screen as you enter your credit card details to buy the Year One pass and get the new character right away as part of the deal.
Arsenal football club fans will probably love the dude, who’ll go up for play in the public test server from June 4, and will lumber out into general play later in the month.
Last Updated: June 4, 2019