The Division 2’s long-awaited raid, a first for the series, is finally launching tomorrow by way of a significant patch. Controversially, however, you won’t be able to matchmake if your team is looking to fill the last couple of slots in your eight-player group.

Titled Operation Dark Hours, the centrepiece of Title Update 3 adds the toughest challenge to the franchise yet, although overcoming it will, of course, come with some intriguing rewards. Three all-new gear sets can be obtained from loot drops, along with a weapon called The Eagle Bearer. That's not all though, as this latest update adds two classified assignments for Year 1 Pass holders and a Dark Hours apparel event for all players. A whole host of patches make up the rest of the update, which you can check out on Reddit through here.

Budding raiders may already face a tough task before even launching the activity though, as Ubisoft employee Alexandre Guenounou confirms that you won't be able to be able to use matchmaking to find a group. "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." It's an interesting decision from developer Massive Entertainment, who now follow in the footsteps of Destiny and its sequel by not letting players matchmake with randoms in order to fill out a group quickly.

What's your take on this? Can you still play the raid despite the lack of matchmaking? We hope all of you in the comments below have joined the Division 2 Push Square clan for grouping up!

[via reddit.com]