The Division is no stranger to misguided design choices, and it seems Ubisoft are finally acknowledging the full breadth of the game’s issues. The developers are putting DLC release plans on hold until the core game is fixed. In a post on the game’s official website earlier today, the developers announced the delay of Survival, and Last Stand expansions.
Ubisoft have claimed they are aiming to fix the core experience through several bug and gameplay fixes. At the moment, this is how that list is shaping up:
- Fixing bugs, including those listed in our Known Issues as well as many other ones
- Making loot drops more relevant to the player
- Enemy difficulty and time to kill
- Gear Sets and weapons rebalancing
- Solo player experience
- Dark Zone and PvP balancing
- Quality of life additions based on community suggestions (such a weapon skins no longer taking inventory space)
The aim is to provide a solution to these issues by patch 1.4 in October. While the Survival DLC is still planned to release before the end of the year, the final expansion, Last Stand, will not be out until next year.
Players can contribute to the discussion, to help improve the game through feedback on the forums, twitter, and Reddit. Ubisoft also stated there will be a:
“series of forum polls that will be asking for your feedback on very specific game topics, for [them] to have a complete understanding of [our] experience.”
This is a good move by Ubisoft; it’s refreshing to see the developers own up to their mistakes and commit to pushing forward meaningful changes. I still believe The Division has a huge amount of potential, but I’ve been let down many times before, so forgive me if I don’t hold my breadth. The mere fact weapon skins still take up inventory space is absolutely bewildering.