Ubisoft announces more server maintenance for Tom Clancy’s The Division, with fans hoping for more balance changes and tweaks to player matchmaking.
As the fastest selling game in Ubisoft’s history and as the UK’s best selling Q1 game launch ever, The Division has an incredulous amount of players running through its virtual streets. While that’s generally a good thing, the overwhelming numbers also mean that there’s more pressure on the game’s servers and these players may come across frustrating bugs and glitches. Based on this, Ubisoft has already established a regular maintenance plan for the game, as The Division goes offline and the team behind the title rolls out more changes.
The next of these server maintenance events will take place in the early hours of Tuesday morning, according to a post by one of the game’s community managers. Writing on the game’s official forums on behalf of The Division team, community manager xMiiSTY explains that the servers will go offline starting at Tuesday, March 15 at 09:00 AM CET, 04:00 AM EDT, 1:00 AM PDT. The estimated downtime for the server maintenance is just three hours, so players will be able to get back to saving New York City and farming Dark Zone loot in no time.
As for what this scheduled server maintenance will address, xMiiSTY didn’t shed any more light on the maintenance other than the start time and duration. Fans are hoping, though, that a few balance changes are on the way.
Fans will be hoping for more nerfs like the tweak to the overpowered Midas submachine gun that was recently balanced following criticism over its huge bonuses (it offered an almost instant signature skill cooldown and higher critical hit chance). Far less desired, however, are nerfs such as the Phoenix Credit balancing which some saw as Ubisoft’s way of limiting player progression.
Some have also called for some tweaks to The Division’s matchmaking system. Players are finding that although normal versions of story missions are easy enough to tackle with match made teammates (as the entire team will generally be the same level), it’s much harder to get a good team for hard versions of these same missions. It has been argued that this is a “strange decision” from Ubisoft but it’s unclear whether the team behind the game would be able to fix that with such a brief maintenance window or if it would take a larger patch.
Others, meanwhile, aren’t expecting much from the maintenance other than more server stability. With Ubisoft’s past server issues with Rainbow Six Siege and Assassin’s Creed Unity, The Division’s launch day server issues were unsettling to say the least, and so with the servers undergoing yet more maintenance, players will hope that this keeps any stability issues at bay.
Source: The Division Forum