The Division is rolling out a new update set to enter the Public Test Server on April 21, 2017, and it's a pretty important one. Update 1.6.1 not only includes a laundry list of balances and bug fixes, but it also introduces the long-awaited loadout feature.
The all-new loadouts will be bundled with the first of two free expansions, anticipated to launch later this summer, in late July or early August. Loadouts for The Division were first hinted at when Year 2 plans were unveiled in March of this year. Division Creative Director Julian Gerighty spoke with Game Rant about the upcoming addition, stating that the game would allow for "specific loadout slots" and would give players the opportunity to "switch from one preferred loadout to another to match a particular situation."
The finished feature will do just that. Players will gain access to a six-slot tab in which they can save equipped loadouts (including gear, weapons, talents and skills) to be altered, switched, and reequipped at any time.
Additional fixes address in the update revive problems, First Aid, and Support Station issues, and amend stuck problems on the game's Survival map. Likewise, players experiencing glitches in combat will find relief in update 1.6.1, as the patch delivers both story missions and stolen signal fixes.
High value target bosses that were trapped in spawn areas will no longer be stuck, and weapon talent scaling is also rebalanced in the PTS. However, the update's preliminary patch notes indicate that "DeadEye will not be changed." A full list of notes will drop tomorrow through The Division's subreddit in a "State of the Game" post.
Update 1.6.1 goes live on April 21, 2017 at 7:00am EST/12:00pm CET. As the patch notes explain, "what happens on PTS will stay on PTS." Anything done or gained while playing in the server will be not reflected on The Division's live servers. While there is no final finish date for the PTS, it will allegedly run "for a couple of weeks."
The final announcement made alongside the update involves Massive Entertainment's Elite Task Force (ETF). According to the notes, ETF 3 will be held at Reflection Studios in Newcastle, England. Exact details are reportedly being sorted out, with Massive eyeing the end of May for a potential date.
Loadouts are an exciting new addition to The Division, especially after so much buzz surrounding prior to their actual introduction, so perhaps Massive Entertainment will continue on this type of trajectory to offer more fan-favorite features in the future.