The Division’s next update sounds like a good ‘un. Let’s take a look.
As detailed earlier in the week, The Division update 1.8 includes a map expansion, new PvE and PvP modes, a social space, new weapons, and changes to Rogue mechanics and gear optimisation.
Want a bit more detail on that? You’re in luck – here’s Arekkz with the fine detail – or read on below the video for text format.
Resistance is the new PvE mode in The Division, in which players battle progressively difficult waves of enemies. It’s designed to range from casual to hardcore, with rewards to match, and solo players are welcome to try their hand without grouping up.
The new PvP mode is Skirmish, a 4v4 mode with no AI or objectives – all you need to do is kill other players. It’s played on much smaller, condensed maps, specifically designed for team deathmatch combat.
The new map area is called the West Side Pier, and it has two zones. It has a new AI spawn system so you get a different experience each time you enter, and in this area, the enemy factions work together – so you’ll be facing combinations of troops you’ll never have seen before. Although you can free roam in most of this area, there are places that are only accessible via Skirmish and Resistance. To prevent you needing to travel back and forth to a Terminal all the time, there’s a social space on the edge with all your usual vendors and services.
To keep you busy, you’ll be entertained by regular mini missions called Alerts, which spawn around the map and drive you to complete various tasks of different lengths and challenge. You’ll earn loot and Division Tech as you complete alerts. This means D-tech is finally available to PvE players, and so it’s coming back into the economy as part of the new gear optimisation system, which unfortunately has not yet been detailed. (If you are a PvP player, you might want to start farming D-tech now.)
Ubisoft also teased some new Exotic weapons and something story related, but we don’t have anything more to go on yet. The Division 1.8 is due in northern autumn on PC, PS4 and Xbox One, so we can expect more information on all of this over the next few weeks.