State of the Game
Battle for D.C. is out
Last Friday we got the first big update for The Division 2 with the Tidal Basin Stronghold and World Tier 5
Was good to finally drop WT5 so that players can start with the endgame grind.
They could also implement some changes and there was a lot of feedback about them.
Quality of life changes
FOV slider for PC
NPCs are no longer as chatty in the BoO (Saturday Night Live parody)
Today is the last day that you can get an Apparel Cache key for free when you log in.
Year 1 Pass holders get 3 keys for free when you log in during the event.
There were also some confusions about the event: The timing of the event on the in-game timer is incorrect, the event is a week shorter than shown in-game:
Event Live - April 5th to April 24th. During this period, Event keys can be earned through various sources.
Event Closing - April 25th to May 2nd. If you have leftover keys available, be sure to use them now! You can use your unspent keys, as well as purchase additional ones to complete apparel sets.
Post Event - May 2nd onward. All items from the Event Cache are moved into the standard Apparel Caches to earn through gameplay, as well as put on the Apparel Store for direct purchase, with an exception for the Black Tusk uniform.
When you have leftover keys after all that, you can still unlock the Apparel Caches with them but you will not get the Black Tusk Uniform. The uniform can only be unlocked when you get all 30 pieces of the event until April 24th.
How Are Keys Earned?
From there, keys can be earned from the following sources:
Weekly Apparel Projects: three keys each
Chance to drop when reaching Field Proficiency upon each level after 30
Chance to drop when reaching Dark Zone Proficiency
Direct purchase with Premium Credits
There is no limitation on how many keys you can get per day.
=> Event Summary
As usual, there will be a weekly maintenance tomorrow at 9:30 CEST – 12:13 where they plan to deploy the following fixes:
Fixed not being able to fast travel to the Castle settlement.
Fixed several cases of abnormal Bounty boss skill-use behaviour.
Fixed an issue causing the Nemesis crafting materials to be unobtainable.
Fixed Delta-03 error occurring at the end of Conflict matches.
Fixed an issue that would cause the pathfinding line to behave abnormally when in close proximity to your destination.
Fixed the “donating” sound playing repeatedly after having donated and abandoned a daily mission.
Fixed an issue related to cache countdown timers.
=> Patch Notes
As it was reported the Signature Ammo for the Signature Weapons drop very rarely now, that is not intended. They plan to drop a fix for that tomorrow, but at the moment it is not sure it will be ready in time.
Daily Mission Exploit
Over the weekend an exploit was discovered that involved the daily project, that is why they were deactivated for a couple of days. That has been resolved and they are now back in the rotation.
Signature Ammo reset after each relog
They saw the reports – they are currently investigating if that is intended or a bug.
They fixed an issue of how to get the last Ivory Key, but players are still reporting they did not get all of them. They are aware of that issue. Please let them know on the official forums which Ivory Keys you are missing so that they can investigate what the exact issue is.
Obviously not intended. It is a high priority issue, because it impacts the gamplay and line-of-sight. But it requires a client patch (Update 2.1) to fix that issue. The plan is to drop that patch as soon as possible. A T-Pose-Emote is not planned at this point.
Crafting Bench Upgrade Issue
Many players have reported that they have problems upgrading the Crafting Bench to World Tier 5 (or even before that). They have a fix ready that will also drop with Update 2.1.
Characters getting stuck
There are a lot of instances and situations where you can get stuck with your character and can’t move anymore. Please report on the official forums when exactly this happened, what you did and what was the last thing you did. Some of the causes will be fixed with Update 2.1, but they will add more fixes as the issues are found.
Revive Hive Bug
There are a bunch of situations where the Revive Hive does not work properly. They have to look at each of the situations individually to determine a fix. Some fixes are already scheduled for Update 2.1 but they are continuously looking for more causes.
True Patriot Bonus not applying
It is also a known issue that the two-piece bonus of the True Patriot Gear Set is not applied properly, there will also be a fix for that in Update 2.1.
NPC being very aggressive on higher difficulty
There is currently an issue with NPCs, that they have the impression, that they have the upper hand and can win the encounter. That is why they are very aggressive and are trying to rush the players. This is of course not intended. They should only attack in that way under certain conditions. It is currently not known when this issue will be addressed.
Gear Score Drops on World Tier 5
They know that players are frustrated to not get only GS 500 drops on World Tier 5 when they have reached GS 500 on their character. There is currently a window where gear can drop below GS500 and they are willing to look into that. At the moment there is no change scheduled though.
DirectX 12 Crashes
They know about the issue that many players with Nvidia graphics cards have crashes when they use DirectX12. They are currently working with Nvidia to get a set of new drivers out that should address the issue. Currently, we have no specific date for that.
They are also looking into all the reset timers to get them more streamlined for all the different content.
You can check out the Known Issues here: Link
Balancing of the Game
Many things have been changed with the last update and there was a lot of feedback.
The balance of the game is a constantly evolving thing and that is why it is very important to give feedback about what you are experiencing and what you think works and what does not. They will keep listening and adjusting accordingly.
They are still planning to do a lot about balance, but they will let the specialist specify that when the time is right.
What they are also looking into is armor and survivability, but a change in that area is not scheduled for Update 2.1 or Update 3.
They are also aware of the Blue Mods and are listening to feedback about Gear Sets.
PTS for Title Update 3
To test the new content and the new items that will be added with Title Update 3 (April 25th), they plan to do a PTS (Public Test Server).
PTS is a separate client that you have to download
Only for only PC and Uplay
This is how they will test the update.
The Raid will not be available on the PTS.
You have to own the game to access the PTS.
There is no NDA on the PTS
PTS is scheduled for next week, more details will follow.
You can check out the Year 1 Roadmap here: Link