Update 1.2: Conflict is currently live for Ubisoft Massive’s third-person shooter Tom Clancy’s The Division, but it is missing the previously planned scavenging stat buff.

With Tom Clancy’s The Division‘s Update 1.2: Conflict available now, plenty of would-be Agents are surely taking on the Clear Sky Incursion, trying out some of the different gear sets, or exploring the Dark Zone in order to get used to the fresh inclusions of the loot “hijack” feature and to take out High Value Targets. Taking all of this and everything else included in the update’s patch notes into consideration, it’s safe to say that Ubisoft Massive made a lot of improvements with 1.2: Conflict, but failed to include the Scavenging stat buff that was previously planned by developers.

For those unaware, Scavenging in The Division is essentially an exploration attribute type of a player’s character that can be affected by stats, skills, gear, and weapons, and its primary function is the ability to increase the chance of finding more and better items. As it happens, one intention of coupling gear with the Scavenging attribute helps an object become more useful for farming high end weapons and high end gear once players reach the end game with the increased chance that a roll for an item’s quality after it is dropped will end up at a higher state than normal.

Nevertheless, prior to The Division‘s Update 1.2: Conflict livestream on Twitch (a recorded version of the broadcast can be seen below) and even during the event, Ubisoft Massive had stated that Scavenging wasn’t meaningful and it wanted to improve the talent, but the developer didn’t include a stat buff in the most recent patch. Interestingly enough, however, the studio didn’t mention when Scavenging would be updated to provide better benefits to players in subsequent patches.

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Of course, with Ubisoft Massive having revamped loot drops across the board with The Division‘s Update 1.2 by providing items in a larger quantity and of a higher quality overall, the studio’s argument of Scavenging not being all that significant holds weight, and somewhat supports its decision to exclude its enhancement. Bearing this in mind, should Ubisoft Massive go on to buff the stat as it had once mentioned, it’s possible that developers would need to redefine the talent’s attributes altogether so as to make its features more useful in the long run.

In any event, with The Division‘s Update 1.2 having just come out today, it remains to be seen as to whether or not the absence of the Scavenging stat buff will alienate those among the game’s 9.5 million registered users who once relied on the talent. Whatever the case may be, such players may go on to successfully focus on different play styles in order to adapt to the Scavenging stat buff’s exclusion. Variety is the spice of life, after all.

How do you feel about Ubisoft Massive not including the Scavenging stat buff in The Division’s Update 1.2? Do you believe it was the right way to go on the developer’s part? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

Tom Clancy’s The Division is out now and is available for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.

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