Update: LFG raid matchmaking is under works, according to Ubisoft.
Original Story: Ubisoft has now finally explained why there’s no The Division 2 Raid matchmaking. The Division 2’s Title Update 3 arrived recently with tweaks, Classified assignments, new apparel event, and the game’s first Raid called Operation Dark Hours, which will go live later today. However, to play the game’s first raid, players will have to manually team up with other players.
The lack of raid matchmaking disappointed a lot of Division series fans as Massive Entertainment previously promised that they will offer to matchmake for almost every activity in the game.
During the latest Division 2 State of the Game live stream, Ubisoft’s live content manager Yannick Banchereau explained why The Division 2 raid matchmaking has been disabled. He said that the team didn’t include matchmaking to avoid creating a poor gameplay experience for random groups.
We decided to not include matchmaking, as we don’t think this would make a good gameplay experience for random groups. The Raid will test your ability to communicate well, have a good build set up, and will require great teamwork to beat encounters.
For that, we don’t think that matchmaking is a good solution. That would mean there is a risk you would end up in a group that doesn’t talk to each other, doesn’t talk the same language, you didn’t get prepared for it. It’s really not the kind of experience where you matchmake, you DPS [read: damage and defeat enemies] and then you get your loot. It’s something completely difficult.
He then continued to say that they have discussed raid matchmaking internally for some time and it’s something the team is not taking lightly.
In the end, Banchereau gave everyone some hope by saying that they’ll continue to discuss the matter and depending on where it goes, they will make adaptations in the future.
The Division 2 State of the Game stream was flooded with thumbs down emojis and comments saying that Ubisoft is making a big mistake. This way, we can expect Ubisoft to enable matchmaking in the next Division 2 raid as the players have made it pretty clear.
Until that happens, players will have to manually invite friends in order to play raid. The Division 2 Operation Dark Hours raid is scheduled to release today at 9 AM PT, 12 PM ET and 5 PM BST. The first team that completes the raid will have their picture of the squad displayed in The Division 2’s White House for everyone to see.
The Division 2 can be now played on Sony’s PlayStation 4, Microsoft’s Xbox One and PC.