Google's Stadia has been slowly bolstering its catalogue in recent weeks - adding the likes of Image & Form's Steamworld series and, as of today, Croteam's Serious Sam - but it's been quite some time since the streaming service received anything close to a recent blockbuster. That will change on 17th March, however, with the arrival of The Division 2.
Ubisoft's The Division 2, which released on other platforms just shy of a year ago now, is arguably the highest profile title to hit Stadia since Borderlands 3's launch in December. And the good news for users of the streaming service is that The Division 2's recently unveiled Warlords of New York premium expansion will join Stadia alongside the base game, meaning purchasers will have access to the most up-to-date edition.
Better still, and perhaps crucially given Stadia's comparatively limited player base while it remains a premium-only service, The Division 2 will support full cross-play with the PC version of the game, ensuring a more substantial player pool on launch day. To take advantage of this cross-play functionality, purchasers will need to link their Stadia account to their Uplay account, which also grants cross-progression between both versions.
While Stadia owners still have a few weeks to wait until The Division 2's 17th March arrival, the Warlords of New York expansion is available today on PC, Xbox One, and PS4. As its name implies, it sees players leaving Washington DC and returning to the city in which the series started in order to tie up a few narrative loose ends from The Division 1, bringing down rogue former Division Agent Aaron Keener in the process.
Key features include a new level cap of 40, new gear, new weapons, four new skills, and an "infinite" progression system known as the SHD level. There's also an overhauled endgame that introduces new three-month-long seasons, each themed around a different target and their own network of cohorts, with the first expected to start next week.
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