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The Division 2 Raid Matchmaking | Can you matchmake in Dark Hours?

Players have questions about The Division 2 raid matchmaking ahead of the Operation Dark Hours raid that is coming soon. If you’re wondering whether you can matchmake with random players, you’ll want to read our guide on who you can and can’t squad up with in the Dark Hours eight-player raid. Find out everything about The Division 2 raid matchmaking below.

The Division 2 Raid Matchmaking | Can I team up with strangers?

The Division 2 Raid Matchmaking

Nope, there is no The Division 2 raid matchmaking for the Dark Hours raid. We know this because Ubisoft Massive admitted as much during a brief Twitter exchange with a fan earlier this week.

Ubisoft marketing manager Alexandre Guenounou said that there won’t be matchmaking of any kind. Instead, you’ll have to team up with people on your friend’s list, within your clan, or inviting other players in the game’s social spaces before launching the raid.

As you can imagine, this has led to negative reactions from the game’s fanbase. The Division 2‘s official Twitter account tweeted out an image, ahead of the game’s release, that said matchmaking would be available “for every game activity and difficulty level.”

Ubisoft Massive has since tried to quell fan ire by releasing a statement on the Ubisoft forums. Community developer Chris Gansler explained that, due to the raid’s difficulty, squads need to be tight-knit. As such, he stated that “Our decision was to not include matchmaking, as the difficulty level is designed for coordinated groups and clans, that will prepare, plan and execute their strategies.”

Interestingly, though, that could all change in the future, as Gansler states: “We hear your feedback, we read all your comments, and we’ll keep discussing it internally and with you. To be clear: We don’t have a simple switch to turn on matchmaking for 8 random players. We still think that might not be the best solution in the end.” Effectively: watch this space.

The Division 2 Raid Matchmaking | Squad size

The Division 2 Raid Matchmaking

If you haven’t been put off by The Division 2 raid matchmaking furor, then you’ll likely want to know what squad size you’ll need to complete it.

You’ll need eight players to take part in, and try to complete, the Operation Dark Hours raid. Again, it’ll have to be a pre-made team consisting of you and people you’ve played with numerous times before. There’s no chance that matchmaking will be patched in for this.