Get ready for "Operation Dark Hours."
The Division 2 raid

Today, Ubisoft released the "Operation Dark Hours" update for Tom Clancy's The Division 2. This update will also include the first 8-player raid for the game, which just happens to be given the same name as the name of the update. Must just be one big coincidence.

The raid itself doesn't unlock until May 16 at 12PM (ET). The update itself is live now.

Today's update for the game also includes the new "Classified Assignments" feature. These are exclusive missions for those that own the Year 1 Season Pass for the game. These missions will allow players to "hear stories behind the fall of DC as well as unlocking exclusive Backpack Trophies." Today's particular update includes the first two of these Classified Assignments.

The update also includes the new "Dark Hours" Apparel Event. As the name implies, this means you will get access to new outfits, masks, emotes, and weapon skins.

As with most updates released in this day and age, a number of changes, balance, nerfs, buffs, and fixes were included in this patch. The full changelog can be read over on the Ubisoft forums.

Despite CERA's best efforts to contain the outbreak at the Washington National Airport, the situation quickly became untenable, resulting in the airport being coated in DC-62 and subsequently abandoned. When the Black Tusk arrived in D.C., they set up shop in the now derelict airport. It's up to you and seven friends to flush them out and you will be challenged on not only your skill but also on your ability to analyze, adapt, and cooperate.

Operation Dark Hours perfectly demonstrates how ambitious and powerful the Black Tusk are. They have access to greater resources than anyone else by far and will stop at nothing in their mission to conquer Washington, D.C. Going through the airport, you will discover how prepared they are: unique bosses, with the most exotic mechanics and technology you've ever faced in The Division 2, are waiting for you.

Operation Dark Hours will become available on May 16 at 6PM CEST / 12 PM EST / 1AM KST / 2 AM ACT. To start the raid, players will need to speak with the helicopter pilot at the Base of Operations. This unlocks a new raid tab on the social menu, allowing everyone to start building their raid groups.
Operation Dark Hours will provide loot exclusive to the various bosses found throughout the raid, like new gear sets, an exotic weapon and vanity items. A new set of commendations will also become available with the raid, each rewarding a unique arm patch. There are also exclusive rewards for the players who are the first in the world to beat Operation Dark Hours, and for the players that beat it during the first week of release. You can read more about the Race to World First and the rewards here.