Publisher and developer Ubisoft officially makes two separate paid DLC packages available on the launch day for its military action-MMO release, The Division.
As many fans are probably aware, The Division has suffered from some launch day server problems for its PC version, which caused many players on the platform to experience outages, as well as difficulties related to simply logging into the game. Be that as it may, with these complications having reportedly been taken care of, Ubisoft is content to go ahead with its sale of day one DLC for The Division.
Two individual bundles are available now for The Division, and they are called the Marine Forces Outfits pack, and the Military Specialists Outfits pack. The DLC packages are $5 apiece, and as seen in the images above and below, they both contain four distinctive uniforms, with the former containing different US Marine Corps outfits, while the latter has Army Spec Ops, Pilot, Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technician, and Sniper regalia.
Instead of this specific set of DLC for The Division being an Xbox One 30-day timed-exclusive, PC fans can purchase both packages now. However, it’s important to note that even though the duds appear to contain plenty of actual armor and protection, the outfits are nothing more than cosmetic items, as they don’t affect players’ stats in any way whatsoever.
Prior to The Division going live last night at midnight around the globe, Ubisoft said the title would have no microtransactions, yet here we are with the company releasing add-ons for money right on the action-MMO’s launch day. That said, it’s possible for some to argue that both pieces of DLC aren’t examples of Ubisoft breaking its promise, as a lot of fans believe that in order for expansion materials to fit within the paradigm of microtransactions, then they must actually have an impact on the game itself by way of enhancing players’ performance. Either way, what it really boils down to is the fact that fans of The Division now have the decision to drop an extra $10 in total on some new clothes for their Agents.
While the inclusion of priced, superficial DLC on The Division‘s first day of availability may rub some gaming fans the wrong way, it doesn’t mean that folks are being forced to buy the products offered. Sure, it’s a blatant cash grab on Ubisoft’s part, but it’s imperative to realize that none of the outfits actually change the way the game is played, nor will they give anyone the edge over another player. Taking this into consideration, the best course of action for fans should be to check out the game’s DLC schedule, and save up for the Season Pass and Year One content that most interests them.
What do you think about The Division including paid DLC on day one? Do you see this as a bad sign for the future of the game, or is it simply Ubisoft harmlessly utilizing a revenue stream for itself? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.
The Division is out now and is available for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.