Ubisoft said last week that the 1.8 update to The Division would be out sometime this week. Now it's this week, and Ubisoft says that it will in fact be out tomorrow, and that a free weekend will kick off a couple of days later.
The 1.8 update is the biggest free update to The Division yet, with two new modes—a 4v4 Team Deathmatch mode called Skirmish, and a PvE Horde mode called Resistance—a new PvE map expansion called West Side Piers, Rogue 2.0 in the Dark Zone, a new movement system, and more. The full patch notes provide a detailed breakdown of what's in store, or you can crash-course your way through it with this video.
To mark the release of the update, The Division Community Team will be holding a 24-hour launch stream on Twitch, beginning at 3:30 am PT/6:30 am ET on December 5 and running until the same time on December 6. Everyone who watches at least 20 minutes of the stream, and has linked their Uplay and Twitch accounts, will automatically unlock three skins: Fire Brigade for the Cleaners, Unit 08 for the Last Man Battalion, and Benjamins for Rikers. Details on linking your account can be had here.
Two days after the update goes live, a free weekend will get underway, giving everyone access to the full game on all platforms. The free-for-all window will open at 10 am PT/1 pm ET on December 7, and close at 1 pm PT/4 pm ET on December 10. That will also apparently be a fine time to buy it: It hasn't happened yet but The Division will apparently be on sale for up to 70 percent off during the freebie. So don't buy it now!