The Division Getting Massive Update 1.6 - New Difficulty Level

Tom Clancy’s: The Division will be getting a huge update soon. Update 1.6 will be available for free, on Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC. There’s a lot happening here. There’s gonna be new Dark Zone areas, new gear sets, economy changing and more, including a new difficulty level. There’s a lot of ground to cover, so let’s dive right in.

The Division Getting Massive Update 1.6, New Difficulty Level
The Division Getting Massive Update 1.6, New Difficulty Level

New Dark Zone Areas & Leaderboards

  • The Dark Zone has been expanded with three new areas, Dark Zone 7-9, north of Dark Zone 6 and Midtown East.
  • New Landmarks feature waves of enemies.
  • Landmarks award you with additional loot placed directly into your inventory.
  • Fast travel between Dark Zone checkpoints has become available.
  • Leaderboards have been added to the Dark Zone, tracking a wide range of different activities both in PvP and PvE. All tracked activities will be turned into a total score.
  • Leaderboard rankings are divided into three tiers and will give out rewards when they reset on a weekly and a monthly basis.

The Division Legendary Difficulty

  • Legendary difficulty mode has been added to Times Square, WarrenGate Power Plant and Napalm Production Site and features new, powerful and smart enemies.
  • Legendary difficulty is the most challenging content in the game and is intended for organized groups.
  • Legendary difficulty rewards you with unique vanity items not available elsewhere in the game, on top of the regular rewards.

Exotic Items, New Gear Set & Gear Set Changes

  • Named gear pieces and weapons are now called Exotics and have been given their own color in your inventory.
  • Exotic weapons all have their own unique talent. This change is retroactive.
  • Exotic weapon sets have been introduced.
  • Exotic Caches are available as a weekly reward from Legendary difficulty missions.
  • Alphabridge 4-piece bonus now shares the free talent from your weapons instead of all three.
  • Frontline’s 4-piece no longer removes the critical hit chance, instead it removes the effect of any mods you have applied to the shield.
  • The Reclaimer set focuses on the Support Station. Its 4-piece bonus activates all Support Station mods simultaneously. It no longer has an effect on consumables.
  • Tactician’s Authority’s buff only disappears after you use a skill.
  • A new Gear Set, SEEKR, has been added to the game.

PvP Balancing in The Division

  • Hip fire stability while moving has been decreased and a new hip fire camera has been added.
  • The damage gap between body damage and headshots has been lowered.
  • When combat rolling, there’s now a one second delay before you can roll again.
  • You can no longer reload your weapon while sprinting.
  • Medkits can now be used at full health and remove certain status effects.
  • The Rejuvenated talent has been changed to give additional resistance to status effects.
  • Adrenaline no longer gives an overheal from medkits, instead it will give a heal over time.
  • Your enemy’s health bar will flash whenever they use a medkit.
  • Survivability talents like On the Move, Battle Buddy and Critical Save have seen some balancing changes.

Economy Changes and In-Game Store

  • Unlimited recalibration has been introduced. The price increases each time, capping out at five recalibrations.
  • Helping civilians reward Intel.
  • High End pistols in Survival no longer costs Division Tech.
  • Scavenger Box now scales with World Tier.
  • Some item prices have been tweaked.
  • The in-game store has been revamped, adding a new currency and extending the range of items available for purchase at a special vendor – including new emotes, weapon skins and other vanity items.
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