The Division 2 is about to launch its massive eight-player raid, the first in franchise history. Unfortunately, the raid will be missing matchmaking capabilities, which is a pretty important feature for an online PvE mode.
Without matchmaking, The Division 2 players will have to join the Dark Hours raid with a pre-made team. As any primarily solo player can attest, trying to form an eight-person team for an online activity is notoriously difficult.
No there is no matchmaking, you have to team up through clan lists, their friends lists or by inviting other players in the game social spaces before you launch the raid— Alexandre Guenounou (@Alex_Gnn) May 14, 2019
The news comes from Ubisoft marketing team member Alexandre Guenounou, who revealed on Twitter that "there is no matchmaking" for the upcoming The Division 2 raid. Instead, players can team up through clan lists, friends lists, or manually inviting players from The Division 2 social spaces.
Players already upset by the news have pointed out how The Division 2 supports matchmaking for literally every other online instance. Whether it's for the Darkzone, bounties, or another online component. Ubisoft Massive itself promised matchmaking "for every game activity and difficulty level" back in February before the launch.
The Dark Hours raid is the first raid in the entire Division series. Ubisoft has been building hype for the raid since launch, and featured it prominently in its year one roadmap for The Division 2. Despite the long leadup to the raid's launch, it seems like a big omission to leave out matchmaking for something as important as a raid. This is basically the key endgame event for top level players at this point, and it could be harder to access for some players without the matchmaking feature.
Guenounou has announced that they will be checking in with Ubisoft Massive to clarify why there is no matchmaking in The Division 2. We've also reached out to Ubisoft for an explanation. Check out our The Division 2 guide for more of our coverage.