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The Division's Expansions Delayed To Improve The Game

Ubisoft have delayed the next two paid DLC expansions for The Division [official site] because they feel the base game needs work first. Good! That’s the way it should be done. Ubi explain, “it has become clear with your feedback and our own observations that our priority should now be on improving the core gameplay experience.” Good-o! So the next two expansions are delayed, and Update 1.4 will launch separately in October to smarten the place up.

Ubi say their main areas to focus on for update 1.4 and beyond are:

• 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 balancing
• Solo player experience
• Dark Zone and PvP balancing
• Quality of life additions based on community suggestions (such as weapon skins no longer taking inventory space)

So! While the second expansion, Survival, was due in October alongside Update 1.4, it’ll now come at “a later date this year.” The third expansion, Last Stand, is pushed back to “early 2017.” That may be a bit of a bummer for folks who bought the DLC season pass.

Still, isn’t it better to fix up a game before releasing more paid DLC for it? Ubi say that while the first expansion and previous content updates “have allowed us to bring more gameplay variety, the overall experience has been affected by lingering issues that have accumulated since release.” All those nasty little niggles can accumulate in a game and drag the rest down.

But hey, I don’t play The Division – that’s just what I’d want from a game I was into. How about y’all, Divisioneers?

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