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G8crasher GaS
Sat Apr 30 2016, 02:53PM
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The Division is one of the most discussed games right now. After breaking several records in sales, the online shooter/RPG hybrid was recently the focus of many complaints about bugs, glitches and exploits currently in the game.

However, Ubisoft Massive has been working feverishly to fix the outstanding issues. One comment in particular, posted earlier today on Reddit by Online Infrastructure Engineer Jan Harasym, who goes by the name of Dijit both on Twitter and Reddit.

He stated:

A lot is going into 1.2, we’re aware that it’s the last chance to really entice players (and show them we’re not retards).

Unfortunately, the entire history of his Reddit posts has since been deleted probably at the behest of Ubisoft (who may not have been very happy about the statement), but not before the community noticed it.

Many users expressed hope at the employee’s acknowledgement of the situation and then decried the fact that his posting history had been erased. A thread on the official forums also spawned, with fans asking Ubisoft not to punish Harasym especially since he had always been one of the developers who interacted more with the community: for instance, he collected the Gamertags of users affected by the Xbox One 1.1 patch issue.

Patch 1.2, codenamed Conflict, will “change the way you play” in the Dark Zone and add another Incursion set in the Columbus Circle. On the cheating side, Ubisoft announced today that they implemented several improvements and will lay out bans in the next few days; Community Manager Natchai also confirmed on the official forums that Ubisoft Massive is preparing a comprehensive response to the topic raised by veteran programmer Glenn Fiedler, who questioned the integrity of The Division’s network model.

I’ve posted an opinion piece on why a patient stance towards the inevitable troubles of a newborn online game like The Division is most productive. If you’re playing the game, how much have these issues impacted your experience so far?








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Demigod GaS
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Expansion 1: Underground

Please note that you must own the Underground DLC to gain access to this content. This is available on June 28 for Xbox One and PC, and August 2 for PlayStation 4.


Underground

There is a secret war going on in the uncharted and claustrophobic depths of Manhattan. Root out the threat and earn unique rewards.
Explore the Underground of New York in solo play or up to four player co-op.
Operations: Experience randomly generated levels, with all new environmental hazards and traps.
Directives: Add a unique twist to your gameplay experience by changing the rules of engagement for both your enemies and your own team; combine more Directives to unlock better rewards.
Underground Rank: Earn Underground experience and climb in Rank to unlock new Directives, Operation types, and exclusive Vanity Items.


New Incursion: Dragon’s Nest

Travel to Hell’s Kitchen and investigate rumors of a new Cleaner weapon that can wreak havoc throughout Manhattan.
You must be level 30, and have completed the mission "General Assembly" to access the incursion.
The encounter is balanced for a team of four players outfitted with high-level gear.
Heroic Mode will be available one week after release.


New Gear Sets and Weapon

Added four new Gear Sets:
B.L.I.N.D. – Control the battlefield with an improved Pulse skill and flashbangs with this hybrid gear set.
DeadEYE – Dictate long-range engagements with powerful critical strikes or accurate headshots.
FireCrest – Set your enemies ablaze with this offensive gear set.
Reclaimer – Boost your entire group with the ultimate support set.

Added one new Weapon:
B.L.I.N.D. System MDR Rifle: Please note that while it will be implemented in the game, you will not be able to acquire it until a future update.


Update 1.3

The following content, changes, and bug fixes are available for Xbox One and PC players on June 28th. Unfortunately this patch has been delayed on PlayStation 4. Expect more information soon.


New Features

New Gear Set

Added one new Gear Set:
AlphaBridge – Take advantage of all your equipped weapon talents with this powerful set.



New high-end weapons and weapon types

Added nine new weapon types:
Military G36 Assault Rifle
G36C Assault Rifle
G36 Enhanced Assault Rifle
Surplus SVD Marksman Rifle
Paratrooper SVD Marksman Rifle
PP-19 Submachine Gun
Enhanced PP-19 Submachine Gun
X-45 Pistol
First Wave X-45 Pistol

Added a new High-End named weapon:
The Showstopper: A unique full-auto shotgun that’s perfect for close-quarter combat.



Heroic mode and Challenge mode missions

Added Challenge mode difficulty for two new main missions:
Hudson Refugee Camp
Queens Tunnel Camp

Added a new Heroic mode difficulty:
Fight even stronger enemies to unlock top tier rewards.
Available for the Main Missions: Refugee Camp, Queen’s Tunnel Camp, Russian Consulate, Lincoln Tunnel Checkpoint, Lexington Event Center, and WarrenGate Power Plant.
Available for the Incursions: Falcon Lost, Clear Sky, and Dragon’s Nest. Please note that Dragon’s Nest Heroic Mode will be made available the week after release for Underground owners.
Daily Missions do not support the Heroic difficulty.



Base of Operations extension

The Terminal is a new shared social space inside the Base of Operations.
The Terminal can be found in the back of the base, next to the Reward Claim Vendor.
Visit High-Value Target contractors and all new Vendors.
The Special Equipment Vendor has been split into two vendors within the Terminal, Items Vendor and Blueprint Vendor.
Players can also Fast Travel directly to The Terminal.



Weapon Recalibration

You can now recalibrate one of your Weapon Talents at the recalibration bench.
Recalibrating a weapon talent requires Weapon Kits and Phoenix Credits. Weapon Kits can be acquired through drops in the game or crafted.


Game Changes
Gameplay

Added a new Dark Zone bracket for 231+ Gear Score.
Player stash size has been increased to 70 total slots (including Base of Operation upgrades).
Level 30 players will now only encounter level 30 or higher enemy NPCs in Free Roam.
Rebalanced NPC’s weak points to be more consistent across the board. This impacts the amount of damage needed to trigger them and the amount of damage it does when triggered.
You can now convert three High-End Division Tech to one of any High-End crafting material.
Reduced the Phoenix Credit costs of 204 High-End and 240 Gear Set items and blueprints.
The Special Equipment Vendor in the Tech Wing only sells items now and will no longer sell Blueprints. Blueprints have been moved to a new vendor in The Terminal.
You can no longer share an item that you have equipped.
Adjustments have been made to NPC threat lists that caused players to stay in combat for long periods of time. You will now leave combat after reaching a certain distance away from the enemy or after a set amount of time.
Players will now be disconnected from the game server if they are inactive for 15 minutes or longer.
Players can now matchmake from inside no-respawn areas and can fast travel into activities while the group is in a no-respawn area.
You can no longer kick a group member in a boss fight and up to one minute after it has been completed. This restriction does not apply to group members who are AFK or outside the mission area.
All players must now be present in the final Circle in Clear Sky before you can interact with the laptop and fuses.
NPCs located in the final Circle in Clear Sky will instantly respawn once killed until players enter the area.
Players can no longer deploy Mobile Cover skill while they are performing a Cover-to-Cover move.
Exotic Damage Resilience is now capped at 90%.


Weapons

These changes only impact weapons acquired after Update 1.3 unless stated otherwise.

Changed the weapon bonus on SMGs from a % crit hit chance to % crit hit damage.
Increased the base damage of Shotguns.
Decreased the damage done by the AUG and Vector. This impacts all new and existing ones.
Increased the minimum accuracy cap on the M1A. When shooting consistently the crosshair will grow to a much larger size than it previously did. This impacts all new and existing M1As.
The damage done by Explosive bullets has been reduced.
The status effect of Incendiary bullets has been reduced against other players.



Added unique bonuses to several weapon families:
LMG – Increased damage to targets out of cover by X%.
Shotguns – Added a chance to stagger NPCs. This will not affect other players.
Assault Rifles – Added an enemy armor damage bonus. This does not impact damage done to other players.


Items

Every gear piece now has a set number of mod slots that can’t be recalibrated. This change only affects gear that drops after Update 1.3. Each gear piece will now have:
Chest: 2 mod slots
Mask: 1 mod slot
Kneepad: 1 mod slot
Backpack: 1 mod slot
Gloves : 0 mod slots
Holster: 0 mod slots

Holsters will now always have all three attributes.


Gear Set Changes

Sentry’s Call and Striker’s Battlegear gear sets have had their two-set and three-set bonus reduced, and we have added a new five-set bonus. The four-set bonuses have not been changed.

Sentry’s Call

Sentry’s Call bonuses were:

2 Set: +30% Headshot Damage

3 Set: +20% Damage to Elites

Sentry’s Call bonuses are now:

Sentry’s Call 2 Set: +10% Headshot Damage

Sentry’s Call 3 Set: +10% Damage to Elites

Sentry’s Call 5 Set: +20% Headshot Damage and +10% Damage to Elites



Striker’s Battlegear

Striker’s Battlegear bonuses were:

2 Set: +20% Enemy Armor Damage

3 Set: +50% Critical Hit Damage

Striker’s Battlegear bonuses are now

Striker’s Battlegear 2 Set: +10% Enemy Armor Damage

Striker’s Battlegear 3 Set: +20% Critical Hit Damage

Striker’s Battlegear 5 Set: +10% Enemy Armor Damage and +30% Critical Hit Damage


Dark Zone

The 231+ Gear Score Dark Zone bracket will include more powerful NPCs.
DZ 01-02 NPC lvl 33
DZ 03-04 NPC lvl 34
DZ 05-06 NPC lvl 35

DZ 05-06 in Gear Score bracket 201-230 will now have a chance to drop Gear Score 229 High Ends and 268



Gear Sets.

Dark Zone chests now scale better with the Gear Score bracket and the named zone you are in.



Loot Changes

The High-Risk High-Value Targets have had their rewards and difficulty adjusted to take into account the Gear Score increase.
Normalized loot drops from Main Missions in Challenge mode.
Caduceus can now drop from Hard Mode Mission bosses.
Normal mode Missions now drop Superior items.
Green DivisionTech will no longer drop in the Dark Zone after level 30.



UI

Added a base weapon damage value that makes it easier to compare weapons.
Gear mods and weapon mods are now combined in the same inventory display.
Added a new inventory slot for Misc.
Improved the visibility of Supply Drops on the Mega Map.


Bug Fixes

Fixed a bug where the Predator 4-set bleed effect would not trigger the Shrapnel player talent.
Fixed a bug where a player using a med-kit while having the combat medic talent equipped would result in destroying allied skills proxy.
Fixed a bug where using a med-kit while having the combat medic talent equipped would heal the player using it for 40% more health instead of just their allies.
Fixed a bug where EMP grenades would not always trigger the Final Measure four-set defuse effect.
Fixed a bug where the The Operation ISAC timer was showing the incorrect time.
Predatory weapon talent now correctly uses the player’s Health as the base of the healing amount, instead of the target’s Health.
Fixed a bug where the Survivor Link Signature Skill would increase the movement speed while moving backwards and carrying an item.
Fixed a bug where the Ballistic Shield would lose its hitbox after the player performed a roll move.
Fixed a bug where the Ballistic Shield would become invincible after opening and closing the inventory.
Fixed a bug where Pulse would sometimes not detect NPCs in range.
Fixed a bug that caused loot containers to sometimes not be detected by Pulse when using the Recon Pack modification.
Fixed a bug that allowed players to go through objects by deploying the Mobile Cover at the top of stairs.
Fixed a bug where NPC skirmishes could start while a Supply Drop event was underway in that same location.
Fixed Supply Drop notifications and mission tracker inconsistencies.
Fixed a bug that allowed Explosive Bullets to sometimes damage players behind cover.
Fixed a bug where sometimes the damage shown by the weapon blueprint is higher than the actual damage of the crafted weapon.
Fixed a bug where sending a group invite to a player from the suggested list would make that player visible on the megamap in the Dark Zone.
Fixed VoIP chat causing lag and freezes in the Dark Zone.
Fixed a bug where surplus Division Tech rewarded in Sealed Caches would not drop to the ground if the player had reached Division Tech resource limit in their pouches.
Fixed a bug where sometimes players could not pick up currency drops from enemy NPCs.
Fixed a bug where the Rogue icon would stay on the map after the Rogue player was eliminated.
Fixed a bug where players could use the Ballistic Shield skill to break the collision with the Dark Zone Checkpoint doors and enter the Checkpoint while Rogue.
Fixed a bug where players would be teleported out of an electronics shop inside Clinton map area.
Fixed a bug where the player could exit the playable map area in Napalm Production Site mission.
Fixed a bug in Napalm Production Site where sometimes the first objective would not complete if players killed the NPCs and Napalm tank with a single Sticky Bomb.
Fixed an FPS issue during the explosion sequence in Napalm Production Site.
Fixed a bug where players would be considered outside the playable map area and teleported out in DZ06.
Fixed a bug where sometimes players would take damage when climbing a ladder in DZ01.
Fixed several character collision issues in Precinct Siege mission in Brooklyn.
Fixed a bug where the Critical Search and Destroy mission icon would not display on the Megamap.
Fixed a bug where High Value Target NPCs could shoot through walls in Flatiron District.
Fixed a bug where the High-Value Target mission in Hell’s Kitchen would sometimes lock loot behind a door.
Fixed a rare bug where a group of Level 1 NPCs would spawn in DZ-04.
Fixed a bug where sometimes the Deconstruction UI pop-up would overlap the Crafting Table menu.
Fixed a bug where you could recalibrate an attribute to a value outside of what was displayed in the UI.
Fixed a bug that would sometimes cause numbers to be rounded incorrectly.
Fixed a bug where sometimes reloading wouldn't take extended magazines into consideration.
Fixed a bug where ending reload animations would not play.
Fixed a bug where the player would be stuck in the blind fire position for too long.
Fixed a bug where player would see the fall damage warning on non-movement interactions.
Fixed the color of vanity loot drops when viewed in the game world from afar.
Fixed some audio propagation bugs for Fragmentation Grenade and player gunshots while in the Dark Zone.
Fixed several subtitle localization issues for interactions with JTF patrols.
Fixed a bug where friends were not visible on the megamap when not grouped.
Fixed a rare issue where the mission UI would disappear following a mission failure.
Minor text corrections for a few items in the in-game store.
Fixed a bug where the Moon was upside down.


PC Specific

Improvements to consumable and grenade selection wheel navigation.
Added new key binding options for instant skill use (self-cast).
Player kills are now announced in local chat, including the player usernames.
Increased size of ignore list for chat and old entries are now pushed off the end of the list (removed).
Fixed the UI notifications for the High-Value Target vendor.
Fixed a bug where the mouse wheel would not scroll the Gear Mod inventory screen.
Fixed a bug where the scrollbar would not return to the top of the pane when players changed blueprint selections in any vendor inventory screen.
Tobii eye-tracking: Separated Aim-At-Gaze and Cover-At-Gaze options.


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wilodonny GaS
Mon Feb 20 2017, 03:38PM

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Agents,

At the same time as we release Expansion III: Last Stand and the Land Stand game mode, we will be releasing the free Update 1.6 to all our players. With the major overhaul begun in Update 1.4, and the symbolic conclusion of that work in 1.5, we’re ready to bring you even bigger and better content. Thus, Update 1.6 will bring the regular balancing tweaks and changes – including some major ones detailed below – but at the same time we’ll expand the game map, add new special events, revamp the Named gear, add Dark Zone leaderboards and release a whole new difficulty level!

Update 1.6 will be released for free on PC, Playstation 4 and Xbox One. You can read more about the separate Last Stand game mode in our Intelligence Annex #13: Taking a Stand Clicky Me.

Remember that Update 1.6 will be available on the Public Test Server that’s coming soon and that the balancing and systems discussed below are subject to change. We want to hear from you, we want your feedback, so join us on the upcoming PTS forums to discuss the update. There might be additional changes coming based on feedback from the workshops with the Elite Task Force held at Red Storm Studios on January 11-13. Those three days were filled with fantastic and productive meetings and discussions on all the topics below, and more. We’re incredibly grateful that the members of the ETF took time out of their busy lives to come visit us and help us make the game better for everyone.

It’s worth noting that 1.6 will not bring a new World Tier. We don’t want you to have to go through old content to increase your gear score again before you can do any new activities – this way you’ll be able to jump straight in. Also, Update 1.6 will include bug fixes not covered in this article, so check out the patch notes to find out more about those.

The northern front

In Update 1.6, the gates in the northern parts of the Dark Zone will open and Dark Zone 7, 8 and 9 will finally become available! While the Dark Zone has never been the most welcoming place in New York, the situation up in Dark Zone 7-9 is especially dire. We don’t want to spoil too much in this article, as we’d rather have you experience the new areas on your own, and there’s a couple of surprises waiting for you in there. In total, these new areas – including all their vertical space, like rooftops and underground locations - almost double the playable size of the current Dark Zone.

Following the same format as Dark Zone 1-6, DZ 7-9 are filled with roaming NPCs and Landmarks and the further north you go, the more challenging it gets. It’s not a place for the fainthearted and include some of the coolest and eeriest set pieces in The Division. Dark Zone 7 is located just north of DZ6, with 8 and 9 spreading out to the east of that, placing them north of the Midtown East district.

The new Landmarks can have multiple waves of enemies spawning after you’ve killed the initial NPC enemies. Clearing Landmarks will now award you with additional loot placed directly into your inventory, bypassing the need to extract it.

While we’re increasing the size of the Dark Zone, we’re not increasing the amount of players present in each Dark Zone instance. In practice, this means that players will be spread out more, opening up more opportunities for PvE. With the increase in area size, we’ve also made it possible to fast travel between Dark Zone checkpoints.

We’re very excited to extend the map and bring you these new areas to explore!

Summary of the new Dark Zone areas

The Dark Zone has been expanded with three new areas, Dark Zone 7-9, north of Dark Zone 6 and Midtown East.
New Landmarks feature waves of enemies.
Landmarks award you with additional loot placed directly into your inventory.
Fast travel between Dark Zone checkpoints has become available.

Contamination events

We’re also adding new special events to the Dark Zone. Contaminated body bags have been piled up in parts of the subways below the Dark Zone, increasing the strength of the virus in those areas. The Cleaners have started sweeping these locations, burning everything in their path – including civilians who happen to get in their way.

Roughly every hour, elite Cleaners will appear in underground locations in the Dark Zone and it’s your job to stop them. A word of warning though – the contamination has reached unprecedented lethal levels in these places, so your virus filter will not be enough to resist it. Act quickly and learn how to manage your health while venturing into the contaminated underground.

Summary of Contamination events

New Contamination Events have been added to the Dark Zone.
Roughly every hour, elite Cleaners will spawn in the Dark Zone underground. Contamination in those areas will reach lethal levels, so your virus filter will not be able to resist it.


Dark Zone leaderboards

Another addition coming to the Dark Zone is leaderboards, which will allow you to compare yourself with other players across a wide variety of activities on a weekly and a monthly basis. The activities tracked are divided between PvP and PvE. For PvP, they include Rogues killed, Manhunts survived and Extractions hijacked. For PvE, we’ll be tracking activities like NPC enemies killed, locked chests looted and items extracted.

All the tracked activities will be turned into total score, which is divided into three tiers, and the higher your score is compared to your fellow Dark Zone players the better rewards you will earn when the leaderboards reset.

Summary of Dark Zone leaderboards

Leaderboards have been added to the Dark Zone, tracking a wide range of different activities both in PvP and PvE. All tracked activities will be turned into a total score.
Leaderboard rankings are divided into three tiers and will give out rewards when they reset on a weekly and a monthly basis.

Legendary difficulty

For this update, we wanted to give our hardcore players a real challenge. In order to do so, a Legendary difficulty mode has been added to three missions in the game - Times Square, WarrenGate Power Plant and Napalm Production Site. This mode is supposed to be the most challenging mode in the game, even more so than Heroic Incursions, and is really going to test your build, your tactics and your group synergy.

You won’t be fighting the same enemies you usually fight in those missions, though. All the previous content has been taken out and replaced with new, powerful and much smarter LMB enemies that use more advanced tactics against you and your team. They’ll react to your skills and status effects, will be hard to hit since they keep a low profile, will constantly try to flank you, and you really don’t want to get into melee range of them. If you’ve fought the Hunter in Survival, you have had a brief taste of what is coming.

There’s a wide range of different enemy types, practically covering most of the enemy archetypes in the game, which will keep you on the edge of your seat all the way through the missions. There’s also Named enemies thrown into the mix, complete with their own set of behaviors, roles and skills. While Legendary difficulty does scale to the amount of players present, scaling enemy damage and health similar to Challenge mode, and could theoretically be soloed, it’s very much intended for organized group play with dedicated roles.

The enemies you’ll face will be a mix of normal, veteran and elite enemies. The main challenge in Legendary is not from the amount of health the enemies have, it is about learning how to deal with their tactics and strategies.

Legendary difficulty comes with its own, exclusive vanity items that you can’t get anywhere else in the game and will of course reward you for your heroic deeds with a ton of rewards. In the future, we plan to expand this new difficulty mode to additional missions.

Summary of Legendary difficulty

Legendary difficulty mode has been added to Times Square, WarrenGate Power Plant and Napalm Production Site and features new, powerful and smart enemies.
Legendary difficulty is the most challenging content in the game and is intended for organized groups.
Legendary difficulty rewards you with unique vanity items not available elsewhere in the game, on top of the regular rewards.

Exotic items and new Gear Set

In Update 1.6, Named weapons and gear have been given their very own type – they are now called Exotics. Parts of that change are cosmetic, as they now have their own color coding to make them stand apart from regular High End items both in your inventory and when they drop from enemies. Each of the items have also received flavor and lore text on their item descriptions.

Each Exotic weapon has been given its own unique talent, if it didn’t already have one (the other two talents will be rolled as usual). The Hungry Hog, for example, will now come with the Glutton talent (“Killing a target increases your damage dealt by 20% until you stop firing”) while the Tenebrae will have Lights Out (“Destroying an enemy weak point resets skill cooldowns for you and nearby group members”). This should give the Exotic weapons their own individual personality and hopefully they will all be a lot of fun to use. Note that these talents will not work with the Alphabridge 4-piece bonus. We’re also introducing Exotic weapon sets, where you need to have two specific Exotic weapons equipped to unlock their talent. For example, the Valkyria is actually being split in two – the Hildr and the Eir, whose talents become active and synergize when you have both equipped.

Some stats on these weapons have been changed as a part of their balancing; see the upcoming patch notes for more details on exactly which weapons have been affected and how. All these changes will be retroactive to prevent legacy weapons remaining in the game.

Exotic Caches, that will guarantee an Exotic item, will be available as a weekly reward from Legendary difficulty missions.

Summary of Exotic weapons and new Gear Set

Named gear pieces and weapons are now called Exotics and have been given their own color in your inventory.
Exotic weapons all have their own unique talent. This change is retroactive.
Exotic weapon sets have been introduced.
Exotic Caches are available as a weekly reward from Legendary difficulty missions.

Gear Set changes

As part of the overall balance of the game, we’ve made a pass on the Gear Sets. One Gear Set that has seen some passionate discussions, and use, in the community since Update 1.5 is Alphabridge. We’re changing aspects of it since it’s currently mathematically superior to other Gear Sets; instead of the 4-piece bonus sharing all talents when you use two weapons of the same category, it will now share the free talents from both weapons (except from Exotic weapon talents, as mentioned above). We’ll keep a close look at Alphabridge during the PTS and see if there’s any other changes we want to make.

The Frontline set has become really popular since it was introduced in Update 1.5, which we are really happy about since it’s so much fun to play with. In Update 1.6, we’re making some tweaks to it to balance it more. The 4-piece bonus will no longer remove your critical hit chance, as it was found to be quite confusing since it didn’t apply to all critical hit chance bonuses. Instead it will remove the effects of any mod (Reactive Targeting, Assault Shield, Kinetic Breaker) you have applied to the Ballistic shield.

We’re also making changes to the Reclaimer gear set, turning it into more of a support set. When wearing four pieces, the set will activate all the Support Station mods (Life Support, Immunizer, Ammo Cache) simultaneously. The 2- and 3-piece bonuses will also focus on the Support Station, increasing its range and duration respectively. It will no longer have an effect on consumables. Tactician’s Authority will be slightly changed as well; its buff will no longer run out after 10 seconds, instead it will disappear after you use a skill.

We’re introducing a new Gear Set, called SEEKR, which will have body shots as its specialty. Its 4-piece bonus will give you a guaranteed critical hit after landing two consecutive shots to the body (which can be spread out across different enemies). We hope that you guys will come up with some creative uses for the set, using different kinds of weapons.

Make sure to check out the patch notes for any other numerical tweaks and balance changes to the Gear Sets.

Summary of Gear Set Changes


Alphabridge 4-piece bonus now shares the free talent from your weapons instead of all three.
Frontline’s 4-piece no longer removes the critical hit chance, instead it removes the effect of any mods you have applied to the shield.
The Reclaimer set focuses on the Support Station. Its 4-piece bonus activates all Support Station mods simultaneously. It no longer has an effect on consumables.
Tactician’s Authority’s buff only disappears after you use a skill.
A new Gear Set, SEEKR, has been added to the game.

Armor and Resistances

As it stands right now, Armor is the perceived best in slot bonus for gear. If you can roll Armor on something, you will, and you can do a lot of DPS and be tanky at the same time as a result. That’s not fun, it quickly becomes stale and the meta suffers as a result. Before Update 1.5, we experimented with a potential fix for this issue on the PTS, but we – and you, our community - weren’t happy with the results so we went back to the drawing board. In Update 1.6, we’re finally ready to implement a much bigger change that should get to the heart of the problem.

In Update 1.6, gear items will come with their base armor as usual, but Armor will be removed as a major bonus and replaced with Health. It means that raw health and stamina will be the main source of toughness, instead of armor mitigation. This change is a major one, as it will also have an impact on healing, skills, Skill Power, damage and the overall meta. Health also scales more linearly than armor, which makes it easier for us to balance in the long run. There are still talents that will give you bonus armor, but since you won’t have as much armor they won’t have as much of an impact as before.
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Since so much of your current effective health in Update 1.5 comes from armor mitigation, Skill Power and healing become trivialized. Why bother investing a lot in Skill Power when your First Aid can fill up almost all of your health bar anyway? In this new system, that will no longer happen. In order to get a similar percentage of your health bar filled, you will need the Skill Power to make that possible. That means there’s suddenly room in the meta for players who invest into Skill Power, lowering their health to get more effect out of their skills.

Same goes for damage dealing skills, such as Sticky Bomb or Seeker Mine, that have always dealt damage to raw health. At their base level, they will not take off as big of a chunk of your enemies’ health anymore. Invest in Skill Power, and you’ll see your damage skills improve accordingly.

In other words, you will have to make more choices when building your characters, which should make for a more fun experience and create a more dynamic meta.

To prevent double bonus Health rolls on legacy pieces of gear, all current Health rolls will be turned into the new stat Resist All. Currently resistance bonuses mean you have a percentage chance to completely resist the effect of the given status effect. That’s changed in 1.6. Now resistances are analogue instead of binary, which means that they lower the effect of the status effect by its percentage instead of just cancelling it out – 40% burn resist means 40% less burn damage and duration, for example. If you do manage to build up a 100% resist to a specific status effect, it will no longer have an effect on you and anyone trying to apply it to you will see a “Resisted” message in the scrolling combat text.

We’re also adding diminishing returns to status effects. Whenever a status effect is applied to you, you build up a certain amount of temporary resistance to it for a short while.

As we’re not introducing a new World Tier in Update 1.6, these changes will also retroactively affect your current gear to avoid legacy gear. If you’ve already rolled a lot of Armor on your gear, you will find yourself with a lot of bonus Health when you log in after Update 1.6, so the changes shouldn’t come as too much of a shock.

All of this means that we’re also rebalancing parts of the game, like NPC damage and major and minor damage bonuses on gear, to make sure that Time to Kill and Time to be Killed – two things that’ve been constantly on our minds since Update 1.4 – don’t become too long again and stay balanced.

Remember, all of this will be available on the PTS! We know this is a big change, so we want all the feedback we can possibly get.

Summary of Armor and Resistances

Armor has been removed as a major bonus and replaced with Health. Gear still comes with base armor and some talents will still give bonus armor.
Health and stamina are your primary means of toughness.
Current Health rolls have been turned into the new stat Resist All.
Resistances have become analogue instead of binary.
Diminishing returns have been added to status effects.
Other parts of the game have been rebalanced as a result, to make sure Time to Kill and Time to be Killed stay balanced.
All changes are retroactive.

Changes to Skill Power and Skills

In Update 1.4, we wanted to create a more varied meta and greater build diversity. Due to the way Armor and Skill Power worked, we didn’t make it all the way. With this new system, we hope to shake things up a bit. The choice between the different stats – Firearms, Stamina, Electronics – will become even more important. To help this happen, we’ve also made some changes to how Skill Power works in The Division, since Electronics aren’t currently seen as a valid spec, which means less build variety.

With Update 1.6, we’re moving Skill Power to a system similar to armor, where its effectiveness scales according to which World Tier you are in. In other words, every time you move up a tier, you will need more Skill Power in order to reach the same relative effectiveness of your skills – compare that to Update 1.5, where your skills’ effectiveness would increase enough on its own without any actual investment, since higher Gear Score items kept giving you a higher Skill Power. The scales have been changed as well, creating a bigger difference between low and high Skill Power builds. There are still diminishing returns, but they won’t kick in until around 450k Skill Power, which means you will have to put in a lot of work to reach those levels.

This all means that if you have a build with more or less no extra Skill Power, you will see your skills becoming less effective after Update 1.6 is released. If you have a balanced build, you won’t see much difference from now, but if you’ve invested in Skill Power, your skills will become more efficient than they currently are. In order to reach these higher levels, you will have to make choices and make sacrifices in other areas.

We’re also making direct changes to a couple of skills to balance them and make their mods more viable and interesting. Sticky Bomb, for example, will see some big changes. First of all, it will get a delayed detonation with a red area warning and beeping sound before it explodes. Its mods will be BFB (damage), Flashbang (crowd control, no damage, no longer cause the Disrupt status effect) and an EMP that works against skills and skill proxies (such as Turrets and Seeker Mines). This should make the Sticky Bomb more interesting to use, and more manageable to fight against, in both PvE and PvP.

First Aid has been given a longer cooldown, making both Skill Power and Skill Haste more important. The First Aid Defibrillator mod will now heal in two steps; one initial burst followed by a heal over time. The Shock Turret has also seen a small change, and will no longer do any damage on its own.

We’re also tweaking Signature Skills. The immunity has been increased to 60 seconds after Signature Skill use, but we’ll now prevent you from being able to trigger the same skill when you already have the immunity debuff from another player’s skill. No more wasted Signature Skills! Skill Haste will have an effect on Signature Skills as well as regular skills and Tactical Link will give you less weapon stability compared to what it currently does, balancing it so it can be countered by Survivor Link. Its damage bonus has been lowered in PvP, but will stay the same in PvE.

Summary of changes to Skill Power and skills

Skill Power has been moved to a system similar to armor, where each new World Tier you reach will demand more Skill Power to reach the same effectiveness of your skills.
There’s a bigger difference in skill efficiency between low and high Skill Power builds.
Changes have been made to Sticky Bomb, First Aid and Shock Turret.
We’ve rebalanced Signature Skills and made it impossible to trigger a Signature Skill when you’re already suffering from its immunity debuff. Tactical link’s damage bonus has been lowered in PvP.

PvP balancing

A lot of what we’re doing will have a direct impact on PvP in The Division, but we’re also making explicit balance changes to make sure PvP becomes more rewarding and fun to play. All of these changes were debated heavily during the ETF workshops, and we’ll be keeping a close eye on how things work out on the PTS.

We’re taking a look at hip fire, decreasing its stability when moving and adding a separate camera setting for it so that it will take more skill to use. The damage gap between body damage and headshots has been lowered, but that’s something that will be tweaked based on PTS feedback. We’re adding a one second delay after a combat roll before you can roll again, as it’s currently too easy to just spam rolls. Also, you’re no longer able to reload your weapon while sprinting.

As it stands, skills that cause status effects are often seen as must-picks in PvP compared to other options and there’s no real effective counter. After Update 1.6, medkits will be usable when at full health and will remove all status effects that still allow for player input (such as fire, bleed and disorient). The Rejuvenated gear talent, which used to grant this effect, has been changed to give additional resistance to status effects instead. Bleed will no longer prevent you from sprinting or moving from cover to cover, instead it will slow you down in general.

Medkits can also prolong encounters between players much more than intended. Because of this, the Adrenaline talent will no longer provide an overheal, to distinguish medkits from the First Aid skill; instead it will provide a heal over time. We’re also increasing the medkit cooldown to 15 seconds, up from 12 seconds, and you’ll see your enemy health bar flash whenever they use one to make it easier to identify what is going on during a fight. We’re also aware of multiple talents that together increases survivability too much, again helping to prolong encounters, so we’ll be balancing the effects of talents like On the Move, Battle Buddy and Critical Save.

Summary of PvP balancing

Hip fire stability while moving has been decreased and a new hip fire camera has been added.
The damage gap between body damage and headshots has been lowered.
When combat rolling, there’s now a one second delay before you can roll again.
You can no longer reload your weapon while sprinting.
Medkits can now be used at full health and remove certain status effects.
The Rejuvenated talent has been changed to give additional resistance to status effects.
Adrenaline no longer gives an overheal from medkits, instead it will give a heal over time.
Your enemy’s health bar will flash whenever they use a medkit.
Survivability talents like On the Move, Battle Buddy and Critical Save have seen some balancing changes.

Economy changes

One thing we’re adding in Update 1.6, that’s been requested by our players for a long time, is unlimited recalibration to items. In other words, you’ll be able to recalibrate a given item as many times as you like from now on. It will get more expensive every time, but that price will cap out after five recalibrations. The prices have been tweaked, so check the patch notes for more information. Only one stat per item can be recalibrated, as before.

From now on, helping a civilian will always reward you with Intel, High End pistols in Survival won’t cost Division Tech and the Scavenger box now actually scales with World Tier. Some prices, like for Gear Sets and Exotic Weapons, have been tweaked.

Summary of economy changes

Unlimited recalibration has been introduced. The price increases each time, capping out at five recalibrations.
Helping civilians reward Intel.
High End pistols in Survival no longer costs Division Tech.
Scavenger Box now scales with World Tier.
Some item prices have been tweaked.

The in-game store

With 1.6, we’ll also be revamping the in-game store, adding a new currency and extending the range of items available for purchase at a special vendor – including new emotes, weapon skins and other vanity items.


Other changes

From now on, all activities – open world, Underground, Survival and Last Stand – will reward their own separate experience points, awarding their own caches every time you fill your experience bar after reaching max rank. This means there will no longer be any overlap of experience points in Underground, which from now on will only reward Underground XP and caches.

We’re also making a few changes to Survival. Solo players will no longer end up in games together with players queuing as a group and grouping up while in a Survival game will be completely disabled in solo PvP Survival. In both PvE and PvP Survival, reviving a downed player will always cost a medkit (grouped or not).

Remember to always check the patch notes to find out more!

Summary of other changes

All activities now reward their own separate experience points and award their own caches.
In Survival, solo players can no longer end up in games with players queuing as a group.
Grouping up while in a PvP Survival game has been disabled.
Reviving a downed player in Survival always costs a medkit.

Conclusions

Update 1.6 will be a major update to The Division and brings a lot of new stuff to the game. We hope the changes to Armor, Skill Power and Resistances will make creating new builds more interesting and varied, and that the PvP changes we’re implementing will make player combat more balanced and fun in both the Dark Zone and in Last Stand. We’re also looking forward to see what you get up to in the new Dark Zone areas, see you face down Legendary difficulty and the new Contamination events, and what the leaderboards will look like once you’ve had some time with the update.
Remember, Update 1.6 and Expansion III: Last Stand are not the end of The Division, and we’ll keep bringing you updates moving forward. We will have more information about those soon.

To reiterate – Update 1.6 will arrive on all platforms, free to all players, in the near future and will be available for testing on the upcoming PTS. See you in the new Dark Zone!

/The Division Dev Team





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