Ubisoft on The Division: 'There is not much to do' at the end of the game

The Division lacks strong end-game content, a problem the developer hopes to remedy in its next patch.

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Ubisoft hosted a livestream to discuss The Division's upcoming 1.2 patch, known as Conflict, due out on May 24. During the stream, developers spoke candidly about the game's endgame content—or lack thereof.

"We created the beautiful world that players really enjoyed during the levelling experience, but it's true that when you reach the end of the game, there is not much to do in the open world," they said.

Ubisoft has its collective fingers crossed that next Tuesday's Conflict update will fill in The Division's endgame void by offering a plethora activities. Players have a new Incursion to look forward to, called Clear Sky.

Additionally, Ubisoft plans to pad out the extraction gameplay loop to add tension and get players more involved, per a blog published today. Dark Zone will be tweaked to add a hijacking feature: players can cut extraction ropes to dump loot for easy pickings, and players will have to stick around to defend their loot during extractions rather than merely grab the rope and automatically be whisked away.

"The process isn’t instant however, once interacting with the bag you will not only be marked Rogue right away, it also takes time to cut the rope and being shot at will slow it down drastically. However, once you complete the interaction all the loot attached to that rope will drop onto the group. The potential reward is high but it also leaves you extremely vulnerable, thieves beware!"

Playing in the Dark Zone, players will also discover Sealed Caches, NPC drops that can only be opened after extraction. The contents of a Sealed Cache are based on factors such as the difficulty of the NPC that dropped it.

Another new mission type, Search and Destroy, is aimed at agents level 30 and above. Players will take out teams of level-30 enemies, and then beat feet to the safe house to receive new Target intel, a new type of currency good for accessing High Value Targets.

Check out the blog to see what other content Ubisoft has in store for The Division 1.2.

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David L. Craddock writes fiction, nonfiction, and grocery lists. He is the author of the Stay Awhile and Listen series, and the Gairden Chronicles series of fantasy novels for young adults. Outside of writing, he enjoys playing Mario, Zelda, and Dark Souls games, and will be happy to discuss at length the myriad reasons why Dark Souls 2 is the best in the series. Follow him online at davidlcraddock.com and @davidlcraddock.

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    May 19, 2016 12:30 PM

    David Craddock posted a new article, Ubisoft on The Division: 'There is not much to do' at the end of the game

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      May 19, 2016 12:54 PM

      usually what i do at the end of a game is play another game. people should try that out

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        May 19, 2016 1:22 PM

        I don't have a dog in the Division conversation, but what you suggest is a cop out. Developers NEED strong end-game content. The video game landscape is full to bursting with games to play. The last thing devs want is for their community to move on. You've gotta give them a steady drip of content so they're excited for your next piece of PAID content.

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        May 19, 2016 1:36 PM

        Amateur move, the real pros don't even wait till the end of the game before they start another game. The MVP types don't even bother playing the game they just buy the next one and don't even download it from steam.

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          May 19, 2016 1:40 PM

          I have a friend who apparently just likes to own games. He's always complaining he has no time to game but continues to buy games, most of them still in the shrink wrap. So he's a real MVP.

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            May 19, 2016 1:53 PM

            Truly the Steph Curry of gaming

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            May 19, 2016 3:48 PM

            Is he a collector? If not it makes it sound like he's brainwashed or something.

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          May 19, 2016 1:45 PM

          Icon Collector 2017

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        May 19, 2016 1:44 PM

        When does GTA V online end?

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          May 20, 2016 1:54 AM

          When you start to play that laggy POS

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        May 19, 2016 4:59 PM

        Pfffft. I move on to other games before DOWNLOADING the previous game.

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      May 19, 2016 5:53 PM

      you will be dead in the 3rd second of trying to cut any ropes. 1 second to go rogue, 2 seconds to be melted by the 4 player squad you are hijacking.