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The Division shield challenges pave the road to the sequel

The sprawling Manhattan devastation of The Division isn't done yet, even though the sequel has been shown off for the first time at E3 2018.

While we're left to wait until March next year for the new game, on the first Inside Xbox of the event, Ubisoft announced new challenges coming to the current game to take us through to the big launch.

Shield challenges will be a monthly event coming to The Division, with four shields kicking off the action in June with new challenges every month after up to and including February.

Completion of the challenges will unlock not only in-game rewards for the current game, but you'll begin to earn things for The Division 2 before you ever set foot in Washington D.C.

The Division 2 is set to launch on Xbox, PS4, and PC on March 15, 2019. The Division is available to play right now for free as part of Xbox Game Pass (opens in new tab).

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