A month has flown by in the post-apocalyptic New York City of Ubisoft’s The Division. The game became the biggest launch for a brand new IP ever and the reaction from gamers has been mostly positive. As many who picked up a copy on day one reach the game’s level cap and possibly run out of new things to do, Ubisoft is preparing to launch a significant update to improve the game right on time.
Better yet, the meaty 1.1 patch will offer new, free content before the season pass’ DLC packs start to arrive. Fans have been given a comprehensive idea of what to expect, as a long list of updates and features has already been detailed. Now, a trailer has been produced to really show what it is you will have to wait a few hours of server downtime for, as well as giving rival Destiny’s own April update some healthy competition.
The voiceover in the opening of the video outlines the set up and objectives of the Incursion mission. Falcon Squad has gone dark after being sent in to Warren Gate water treatment plant to scout the area. Enter you and your team to wipe out the Last Man Battalion and take control of the plant. Falcon Lost, and other Incursions afterward, will supposedly be the toughest missions in The Division yet and players will need cooperation, preparation, and a high degree of skill to succeed. Expect to deal with enemy drones that track players down and flush them out of cover. With no checkpoints available, it could take players multiple attempts to finally complete Falcon Lost, but the loot should be worth the effort.
Update 1.1: servers will go down this Tuesday, 9am CEST | 8am BST | 3am EDT | 12am PDT. Estimated downtime: 3h >> https://t.co/TZpZ1A89p1
— The Division (@TheDivisionGame) April 11, 2016
This means that Daily Hard and Challenging missions will not be available until April 12. We apologize for the inconvenience. 2/2
— The Division (@TheDivisionGame) April 10, 2016
Falcon Lost isn’t the only highlight of the 1.1 update mentioned in the trailer. There will also be new exotic weapons and gear sets that will allow for powerful effects once players have collected all items in one set. Gamers will also be able to trade loot with their teammates and take part in daily assignments, such as defeating a certain type of enemy. It’s good news when it comes to Dark Zone matchmaking, too. New level 30 players tend to find venturing there very difficult, often encountering more hardened players with high-end gear. To balance this, there will be two level 30 brackets for the PvP area, separating players by Gear Score. The game’s servers will be down for at least three hours in order to roll out the update, so players should expect an outage early Tuesday, April 12, 2016, along with Daily Hard and Challenging missions being unavailable until later in the day.
Along with the trailer, Ubisoft has also celebrated the game’s first month by creating an infographic (above) showing some key stats of how people have actually played the game. It might not be incredibly interesting or important to everyone to know that more than 17 billion enemies have been killed, however, the majority of players seem to have spent more time solo than enjoying co-op play in an online shooter. Star Wars Battlefront was heavily criticized for not having any single player gameplay, so does this particular stat prove that players always enjoy the option to play alone? If so, perhaps Ubisoft and developer Massive will have to consider DLC content that will appeal to the lone wolves out there.
The Division is out now for PC, Xbox One and PS4.