All upcoming expansion packs for The Division are being delayed, Ubisoft announced today.
Survival was supposed to release this summer as the game’s second expansion pack, while Last Stand was originally slated to follow up this fall. According to a new blog update, Survival is being delayed to a “later date this year” while Last Stand will see the light of day in early 2017.
“This new schedule will not only enable us to strengthen the core experience before adding new content, but also continuously improve it by allowing for more production time to ensure the quality of future updates as well,” the developer explained.
Ubisoft also acknowledged that the overall Division experience has been “affected by lingering issues that have accumulated since release.” It has taken six months but the developer has finally begun acting on fan feedback and its own observations. As a result, Ubisoft is now focusing more on “improving the core gameplay experience” instead of pumping new content.
There needs to be a balance. New and timely content is valuable and necessary. However, there’s little point of that if it fails to tickle the attention of the player-base. Suffice to say, in-between the underwhelming storytelling and overwhelming amount of bugs, The Division lost its lustre quite early on in its release.
Ubisoft is currently preparing a new Patch 1.4 for the Division which promises to introduce a lot of fixes and improvements. Here are a few major changes that players can expect:
- 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)
The developer exclaimed that the new focus on improving the Division based on fan feedback begins with the 1.4 update. Some of the “most pressing issues” reported by the community so far are going to be addressed in this new patch. If it delivers, there’s a chance to see some of the player-base returning for another go.