It’s now almost 3 weeks ago that the game launched and the first free content update is already on its way and will be available on Tuesday, April 12th. The upcoming update v1.1 is a tough one and fully focuses on The Division’s endgame, as it comes with the due to the year one roadmap announced Incursions game mode, the long awaited loot trading, new items, Supply Drops and other interesting things. For free.
Update (April 11th):
Ubisoft has now released a new trailer for tomorrow’s “Incursions” update 1.1. While it covers most of the changes, be sure to check out the full patch notes here, as well as the item drops and crafting changes.
The servers will shut down for maintenance to deploy update 1.1 on Tuesday, April 12 at 09:00 AM CEST, 03:00 AM EDT, 12:00 AM PDT. Estimated downtime is approximately 3 hours. Patch size will range from 4GB to 4.7GB, depending on your platform. (Official source)
With Incursions, Tom Clancy’s The Division gets a completely new endgame activity that focuses heavily on teamplay. It will be available for free and playable for everyone.
In the first Incursion called “Falcon Lost“, you will have to find a missing Joint Task Force patrol inside a water preparation facility of the city, which is located in the underground and right next to the WarrenGate Power Plant. Besides that, stopping the Last Man Battalion from taking control over that area by destroying one of their APCs is one of the objectives. Also worth to notice is the minimum recommended Gear Score of 150, but more about that later.
While the agent’s level will be still capped at 30 and not be raised with this update, a new player rating in form of an overall Gear Score will decide, whether you are eligble to play Incursions, or not. This score calculates itself based on the items you are wearing and have in your inventory. Furthermore the built-in Matchmaking will make use of this score to prevent lower geared players from joining such missions.
One of aformentioned rewards could be a newly introduced item from a Gear Set. A Gear Set consists of multiple items (Body Armor, Mask, Knee Pads, Backpack, Gloves, Holster) and the more items you equip of the same set, the more you can get out of it as a for this set specific set-bonus will be unlocked on top of it.
- Sentry’s Call (Consistent Precision)
- Striker’s Battlegear (Assault-Focused)
- Path of the Nomad (Dark Zone, can only be obtained in the Dark Zone)
- Tactician’s Authority (Supportive)
Incursions might be the first place when you are looking for Gear Set items, but you can also get them from
- Daily Missions (Challenging difficulty)
- Dark Zone
Although the Dark Zone has recently received some gameplay tweaks, Supply Drops will make it even more exciting to hold out in that quarantine area. Supply Drops will come from the sky – outside the Dark Zone – and will fall down regularly every hour at different locations.
These drops contain very good loot and are therefore heavily guarded by super tough enemies. Moreover you might not be the only one that seeks out and wants to explore the drop zone, because only the first team that claims the dropped items will get it. Worth to notice is that these items are not contaminated and don’t have to be extracted, so they are yours as soon as you pick them up.
Assignments can be seen as new optional daily as well as weekly tasks in addition to Daily Missions, which are not that complex and simple to achieve – killing 10 Cleaners, for example. There are 3 types of Assignments that will be marked on your mega map:
- Combat Assignments
- Crafting Assignments
- Dark Zone Assignments
Completing them will get you Phoenix Credits, Division tech, and other rewards.
Being dead and lying on the floor looking at a greyed out screen and waiting for the respawn was not that funny to be honest. The developers have thought about possibilities to improve that experience and came up with the spectator cam solution, which makes it possible in the future to spectate and assist your comrades in a 360° view, bound to the player’s model you are currently spectating.
Trading loot will be a thing in the next patch, but only possible between players you have played with in a group and in the first 2 hours, starting with the time of the initial item pick-up. Once you drop an item for a member of your team, it can be picked up by everyone in your group, so evaluate first for yourself if you can trust them all. Dropping an item is generally possible in the PvE Zone, but also in checkpoints to the Dark Zone, so that you can’t be killed by other players while a trade is ongoing.
That’s it for update v1.1. If you still want to watch the original Special Report, you can do this directly on Twitch. We will keep you up-to-date and if you are interested in future updates and expansions, please have a look at The Division’s DLC roadmap.