About a month ago, Ubisoft Massive sent out PTS invites to PlayStation 4 and Xbox One gamers who play Tom Clancy's The Division, which allowed the players to access Update 1.7 early for testing and feedback purposes. Now, after extensive trials, the studio is prepared to release the free patch to the masses tomorrow, August 15, 2017, and in order to give fans an idea of its contents, the developer has officially released a brand new trailer.
As seen in the trailer below for The Division's Update 1.7, the patch will overhaul the game's existing systems and introduce a new activity type known as Global Events, which are limited-time activities with special gameplay modifiers that give players exclusive rewards. These events are set to begin on a more regular basis, with the first of these starting soon after the patch becomes available, running from August 15, 2017 at 9:00 AM PT / 12:00 PM ET / 5:00 PM BST until August 22, and will feature enemies behaving in a different way due to a severe virus outbreak.
Furthermore, The Division's Update 1.7 is set to overhaul Feats – renaming them Commendations – as they will now be connected to an integrated achievement system giving would-be Agents new tasks and rewards. Plus, as is usually the case with the third-person shooter's updates, new gear is on the way, including reworked versions of existing gear sets called Classified gear sets. These will offer better primary stat rolls, new re-calibration options, as well as new five- and six-piece set bonuses. Plus, there will be fresh face masks for players to use to customize their characters' looks, as well as a dedicated room in the base where they can change their appearance.
Additionally, Update 1.7 will improve Survival Mode and is supposed to allow players to reach higher scores. In terms of the mode's rewards, Ubisoft claims that they will be better, as the "time investment is more on par with other activities" in The Division, but the studio didn't divulge exactly what those would be.
Last, but not leastly, The Division 's Update 1.7 will incorporate what are called "encrypted caches," which contain a type of loot box including random customization items and emotes. These can be opened with keys found through regular gameplay, or by purchasing them with real-world money through the in-game currency of "premium credits."
All things considered, it's good to see Ubisoft Massive rolling out such a beefy amount of support to The Division through Update 1.7, especially considering the game has been available for a little over a year at this point. When it drops tomorrow, it will be interesting to see the fan base's reception to the patch, and whether or not lapsed users decide to return to check out all of the new materials.
Tom Clancy's The Division is available now for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.