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[DIV] State of the Game: Title Update 4 & New “Gunner” Specialization on PTS

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The Division 2’s Title Update 3.1 has been successfully deployed earlier this week, followed by the first preview of Title Update 4 including the fourth SpecializationGunner,” which can now be tried out on the Public Test Server.

Title Update 1.3 is Live

The latest patch with a size of 1.3 GB has fixed things like the over-aggressiveness of NPCs, the glitch with the non-retrievable Hunter Masks and Ivory Keys as well as some other loot and collectible related issues.

Please find the full patch notes below.

  • Increased tutorial font size on the Mega Map.
  • Increased visibility on Collectibles and Caches in the Open World.
  • Fixed an issue where the “Loot” tutorial at the beginning of the game wouldn’t appear.
  • Fixed an issue where the Field Proficiency toast would not include the gained rewards.
  • Fixed an issue where players could remain stuck in the Theater settlement after recruiting Inaya al-Khaliq.
  • Fixed an issue that could cause players to get stuck on the roof of the Grand Washington Hotel mission.
  • Fixed an issue where Hunter Mask and Ivory Keys would not drop, even if the player correctly solved the riddle and killed the Hunter(s).
  • This fix should allow players to re-do the Hunters and collect the Masks and Keys they are currently missing.
  • Fixed an issue where the rate of fire on semi-automatic weapons would be lower than intended.
  • Fixed an issue where face masks would appear smaller than intended.
  • Fixed an issue where opening a Dark Hours Apparel Cache could cause a continuous loop.
  • Fixed an error that removed the Loot All as Junk option. Sorry about that!
  • Fixed an issue where enemy NPCs would rush past players to get into cover.
  • Fixed an issue where enemy NPCs would flank players too often.
  • Fixed an issue where enemy NPCs would not react to any combat until reaching cover or having their movement interrupted.
  • Fixed an exploit where armor would scale to unintended values when normalized.

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Title Update 4 on the PTS

Title Update 4 is now available on the PTS. Besides the following summary about the changes that have been made so far, you can also find the current patch notes further down below. It was also the main focus topic of this week’s State of the Game episode #123.

Overview

  • Specializations:
    A lot of changes are coming to the Specialization system and their skill trees, including buffs, nerfs, and overall balancing changes. Part of it will be the possibility to spec into any weapon type rather than being bound to specific weapons of a Specialization.
    • More transparency for gaining signature weapon ammunition:
      A new UI element next to the Agent’s health bar will signalize the current progress for when a new signature ammunition drop can be expected. This bar now fills up more effectively when doing headshots, killing status affected enemies and using the already known Specialization actions.tc-the-division-2-tu4-specialization-amm
  • Mods:
    Generic gear mod slots have been added. Furthermore, there will be no slot restrictions anymore between Protocol and System mods. They will now fit purely based on their red/blue/yellow status.
  • First Exotic “Dodge City Gunslinger’s” gear item:
    A new Blueprint on the PTS reveals The Division 2’s first Exotic gear item, a holster focused on Pistol damage, bullet penetration, and weapon reloading sequences. You can find more details about it as well as how to acquire it here.
  • Occupied Dark Zone:
    Players in the Occupied Dark Zone will be able to go Rogue. The only way to disavow The Division will be by damaging other Agents.
  • Global Events?
    There is no confirmation yet whether the popular Global Events from The Division 1 will make it back into its sequel, but a new tutorial-placeholder which gets triggered when entering the PTS hints that the developers have at least plans for re-adding them.

New Specialization: “Gunner”

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The new Specialization called “Gunner” introduces The Division 2’s first heavy weapon in the form of a Minigun and is ready to test out and play around with on the PTS for all players.

The Gunner receives bonus armor based on the amount of Specialization ammunition he or she is carrying and is furthermore specialized in tanking incoming damage for a short time while being able to suppress enemies with the Minigun. Similar to the Shield Skill, drawing the Minigun will limit the movement abilities so that entering a cover, vaulting or rolling, is not possible anymore during that time.

But, the Gunner comes with the Banshee Signature Skill, which ignores cover and causes its targets to become confused and eventually leave their cover – the perfect moment to use the new Riot Foam special grenade to trap them in place, working similar to its same-named Skill variant.

Special Field Research

Unlike the first three Specializations, which were already available at launch, players will have to complete the newly added Special Field Research program first in order to unlock new Specializations, unless you own the Year 1 Pass.

This research consists of fives stages that come with a set of in-game challenges and objectives to earn rewards and to finally unlock the Gunner Specialization.

Even though Year 1 Pass holders will instantly unlock the new Specialization, it’s still possible to take on these challenges for additional exclusive premium rewards, including the Fisticuffs and Front Flex emotes, Charcoal and Detritus gear dyes, Rosethorn and Pineapple weapon skins, the Gunner mask and the Gunner specialization uniform.

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PTS Patch Notes

These are the patch notes for the current changes on the Public Test Server. Any feedback is highly appreciated and can be provided in the official PTS forums.

New Specialization
Introducing the first post-launch Specialization! The Gunner is equipped with a powerful minigun and all players on the PTS will be able to test this new vanguard!
Special Field Research
  • To unlock the Specialization when Title Update 4 hits the live servers, you’ll be tasked to complete five stages of in-game challenges!
  • Year One Pass owners will unlock the Specialization immediately but will also be able to go on a Special Field Research, unlocking unique cosmetic rewards!
  • On the PTS you will be able to test the Special Field Research.

Mods

  • Generic Protocol Mod and Generic System Mod can no longer be equipped in High-End, Gear Set and Exotic items.
    • You will still be able to equip them in lower quality items.
    • All other mods can be equipped in slots matching their type (Offense, Defense, Utility).

Developer comment: Generic mods could be stacked in unhealthy ways and the gear mod eco system has not been in a place we are happy with and it had led to some unwanted behavior such as low-level farming for generic mods.
Missions

  • Roosevelt Island
    • Shipping containers containing virus samples will now be easier to spot.

NPCs

  • Removed “bulletproof” backpacks from NPCs that would block all incoming damage.
  • Decreased acceleration of NPCs when repositioning in cover.
  • Enabled Engineer archetype NPCs to setup Turrets on the ground if no valid cover position exists.
  • Fixed various issues with Controller archetype NPCs getting stuck or being unresponsive in certain situations.
  • NPCs can’t be suppressed when deploying a Drone.

UI

  • Removed redundant “!” for new items shown in Cache Content in Proficiency Caches.
  • Apparel Caches should now only display a “!” in the UI when a key is acquired and once the key has been seen should disappear.
  • There’s now a timer that shows the cooldown before being able to kick a player from a group.

Skills

  • Further improved the Reviver Hive which should result in it more reliably reviving downed agents.
  • Assault Drone
    • After killing its current target, the Assault Drone will now attack the enemy the player is currently shooting. If no target is being shot, it will attack the closest enemy to its owner instead.

Talents

  • Rooted
    • The talent description now states the intended cooldown of 60 seconds.

Commendations

  • Further improved Discovery Merits to allow loot boxes opened by other players count towards every group member’s progress.

Dark Zone

  • Players can now go Rogue in the Occupied Dark Zone. Dealing damage to other Agents (outside of your group) will cause the player to disavow The Division.
  • There is no grey Rogue in the ODZ. Damaging other Agents is the only way to go Rogue in the ODZ.
  • Additional Manhunt ranks have been added to the ODZ. Players still have to clear their bounties at SHD terminals, but additional rewards are available to players who clear (or claim) a high rank bounty.
  • Manhunt ranks are now infinite in the ODZ. Killing other Agents increases the player’s Manhunt rank, along with their Dark Zone XP rewards on a successful bounty clear. Compete on a new leaderboard for the highest ODZ Manhunt rank!

Bug fixes

  • Fixed weird lighting in some tunnels.
  • Fixed an issue where grouped players could disconnect after leaving a Classified Assignment.
  • Fixed an issue where enemy NPCs could lose track of players in Operation Dark Hours.
  • Fixed an issue where players would be unable to claim the weekly Clan Cache.
  • Fixed an issue where rails in DZ West did not appear on barriers surrounding a checkpoint.
  • Fixed an issue where Master Sergeant Quiroz in the Space Administration HQ would jump down earlier than intended. He was a bit too eager.
  • Fixed an issue where an explosion was missing in the Space Administration HQ before Master Sergeant Quiroz appears.
  • Fixed an issue where Weasel’s weapon could fly out of his hand. Sweaty palms can be a real issue for some people.
  • Fixed an issue where players could not be attacked at a certain spot in the Stadium map.
  • Fixed an issue where several collectibles would not automatically play when picked up.
  • Fixed an issue where the accuracy of a player in the Activity Summary could be negative.
  • Fixed an issue where opening the Top CXP Clan menu could cause frame drops.
  • Fixed an issue where the objective for “Return to the White House” would not complete if you skipped the cinematic.
  • Fixed an issue where players could get stuck when being revived by another player and the Control Point Officer at the same time.
  • Fixed an issue which would prevent players from opening the Strategic info when downed in Operation Dark Hours.
  • Fixed an issue which could prevent the Call for Help animation to be visible for other players.
  • Fixed an issue where inspecting a player through the social menu after being downed could cause the menu UI to persist during gameplay.
  • Fixed an issue where the “Open Cache” and “Back” buttons on the Apparel Event Cache UI would disappear, when pressing both buttons at the same time.
  • Fixed an issue where Hunters could be revived outside the radius of their Reviver Hive, as well as being revived an unlimited amount of time.
  • Fixed an issue where enemy NPC faces would not correctly target players while strafing.
  • Fixed an issue where NPCs could get stuck while spawning in DZ East.
  • Fixed an issue where players could stare into the void.
  • Fixed an issue where players could jump into a patio they should not have access to. No trespassing!
  • Fixed an exploit that allowed the Hive skill to become un-targetable and shoot at enemy players at a specific location on Fort McNair.
  • Fixed an issue where setting the difficulty level for a mission from within a Classified Assignment did not apply that difficulty level and did not reset the mission.
  • Fixed an issue where players could receive multiple Ivory Keys from the same Hunter.
  • Fixed an issue where NPC speed after turning would be incorrect.
  • Fixed an issue where NPCs would skip animations after jumping.
  • Fixed an issue where the Call for Backup would not be received by players having the option activated.
  • Fixed an issue where players could spawn below the map when teleporting to a reconnecting player.
  • Fixed an issue where the audio could get corrupted when playing a cinematic.
  • Fixed an issue where Lucy and Buddy could become permanently invulnerable in Operation Dark Hours.
  • Fixed an issue where audio for collectibles could become corrupted after prolonged gameplay.
  • Fixed an issue where players could become unable to interact with the agent’s note in the “Investigate the Safe House” side mission.
  • Fixed an issue where players were unable to interact with the laptop and liberate a Safe House.
  • Fixed an issue where players could get stuck in the map overview after completing the Dark Zone South intro mission.
  • Fixed an issue where a player could revive multiple agents at the same time with the Reviver Hive.
  • Fixed an issue where the difficulty of a bounty would be different in the Bounties tab and the Mega Map.
  • Fixed an issue where players could be revived by the Reviver Hive after the Razorback encounter ended when the whole team was downed.
  • Fixed an issue where when placing a turret on a car the Turret would drop down to the floor.
  • Fixed an issue where players could sometimes not be able to move around circular cover.
  • Fixed an issue where players would be able to see through the map when looking at a window on the Stadium map.
  • Fixed several issues where the turrets in DZ-West would fire at Rogue Agents beyond the intended range.
  • Fixed an issue where a turret in the DZ-West could fire through a fence at Checkpoint Delta.
  • Fixed an issue where Turrets could fall through the floor, roof and other objects.
  • Fixed an issue where players would be able to see through the map when looking at a window in DZ-West.
  • Fixed an issue where the dialogue audio could switch to English when playing with a different language setting.
  • Fixed an issue that could cause FPS drops on PC when opening the Ubisoft Club Rewards.
  • Fixed an issue where random Open World encounters would not spawn.
  • Fixed an issue where several parts of the Specialization UI were missing localization.
  • Fixed some weird doors.
  • Fixed an issue where some Assault Rifles would not hinge correctly on the Crusader Shield.
  • Fixed an issue where players would be unable to inspect apparel within the Apparel Event Cache UI.
  • Fixed an issue where pressing the “Inspect” and “View Stats” buttons at the same time would cause the text from the two pages to overlap in the UI.
  • Fixed some weird stairs.
  • Fixed an issue where extra ammunition from mods would not properly be added to Skills.
  • Fixed an issue where Manny would repeatedly thank agents for saving hostages in a Classified Assignment. He’s really thankful, ok?
  • Fixed an issue where Conflict Caches could reward loot below the player’s World Tier when playing with lower level agents in a party.
  • Fixed an issue that didn’t allow players to see previous Distinctions of the Week in the Clan Quarters.
  • Fixed an issue where killed NPCs could clip through objects they fell on.
  • Fixed an issue where notifications toasts were missing when completing an activity, after abandoning several projects in a row.
  • Fixed an issue where Inaya al-Khaliq would stay in an A-Pose after being recruited. She has now relaxed.
  • Fixed an issue where inspecting a player would show the inspecting player’s stats instead.
  • Fixed an issue where reloading while using a Shield would play the wrong animation.
  • Fixed an issue where the debriefing audio after completing a mission could play several times.
  • Fixed icons on Auxiliary Skill Mods which should now show the icon of the Skill they can be equipped in

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