During today’s State of the Game livestream, the team behind Tom Clancy’s The Division announced some upcoming changes for the game. One of those changes has many players very excited: backpacks in The Division will have their inventory increased to 120 slots across the board.
This is great news considering the recent addition of the Loadouts feature, which was added a couple weeks ago to The Division’s PTS. Now that players are able to set up multiple loadouts, it means toting around more gear and weapons at a time. Plus, there needs to be plenty of room to carry the newly acquired items players find as they make their way through the game.
The change to backpack storage is currently only available for PTS players, and will be deployed alongside PTS 3 tomorrow morning. It will be retroactive for all level 30 backpacks, so all packs, both old and new, will offer the increase in carrying space.
The latest PTS update is also making another backpack change by removing the NinjaBike Messenger Bag (commonly referred to as the Ninja Backpack) from the game. When it was first announced the NinjaBike Messenger Bag had players excited, but its unique perks, which decrease Dark Zone punishments for players, were not enough to make it useful. As a result Massive plans to take the backpack out of the loot pool and rework its perks.
This week’s PTS should be the final week of testing before Massive can finalize the 1.6.1 update and roll it out to all platforms. Barring any unforeseen issues, Massive plans to release the update in May. Once that update goes live, it will bring the Loadout feature and increased backpack size to all players.
It’ll be interesting to see how well these changes are received by The Division community, and if they’re able to bring back any gamers who have deserted the game. After Year 1 Celebration livestream where Massive detailed a few of its Year 2 plans, many gamers were disappointed with what they heard and left the game. If the upcoming changes, along with those planned for the 1.7 update later this summer are successful, it could help breathe life back into The Division.
In the meantime, those who are interested in trying The Division can do so for free this weekend. Features like the larger backpack capacity and Loadouts won't yet be available, but gamers will still have a chance to try The Division's campaign, Dark Zone, and incursions.
Tom Clancy’s The Division is currently available for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.