The Division's Last Stand DLC and Update 1.6 will bring major changes

Armor, Resistances and Skill Power all get modified, in addition to new content.

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The planned Last Stand DLC for The Division is coming soon, and based on the massive amount of changes the Massive development team has laid out for the accompanying 1.6 Update, players may want to jump onto the Public Test Server as soon as it is available to get used to the modifications.

In addition to the Last Stand game mode, which focuses on 4v4 PvP combat with some PvE elements, the update will add the following (subject to change before release):

New Dark Zone areas

  • The Dark Zone has been expanded with three new areas, Dark Zone 7-9, north of Dark Zone 6 and Midtown East.
  • New Landmarks feature waves of enemies.
  • Landmarks award you with additional loot placed directly into your inventory.
  • Fast travel between Dark Zone checkpoints has become available.

Contamination events

  • New Contamination Events have been added to the Dark Zone.
  • Roughly every hour, elite Cleaners will spawn in the Dark Zone underground. Contamination in those areas will reach lethal levels, so your virus filter will not be able to resist it.

Dark Zone Leaderboards

  • Leaderboards have been added to the Dark Zone, tracking a wide range of different activities both in PvP and PvE. All tracked activities will be turned into a total score.
  • Leaderboard rankings are divided into three tiers and will give out rewards when they reset on a weekly and a monthly basis.

Legendary Difficulty

  • Legendary difficulty mode has been added to Times Square, WarrenGate Power Plant and Napalm Production Site and features new, powerful and smart enemies.
  • Legendary difficulty is the most challenging content in the game and is intended for organized groups.
  • Legendary difficulty rewards you with unique vanity items not available elsewhere in the game, on top of the regular rewards.

Exotic Items and New Gear Set

  • Named gear pieces and weapons are now called Exotics and have been given their own color in your inventory.
  • Exotic weapons all have their own unique talent. This change is retroactive.
  • Exotic weapon sets have been introduced.
  • Exotic Caches are available as a weekly reward from Legendary difficulty mission

Gear Set changes

  • Alphabridge 4-piece bonus now shares the free talent from your weapons instead of all three.
  • Frontline’s 4-piece no longer removes the critical hit chance, instead it removes the effect of any mods you have applied to the shield.
  • The Reclaimer set focuses on the Support Station. Its 4-piece bonus activates all Support Station mods simultaneously. It no longer has an effect on consumables.
  • Tactician’s Authority’s buff only disappears after you use a skill.
  • A new Gear Set, SEEKR, has been added to the game.

Armor and Resistances

  • Armor has been removed as a major bonus and replaced with Health. Gear still comes with base armor and some talents will still give bonus armor.
  • Health and stamina are your primary means of toughness.
  • Current Health rolls have been turned into the new stat Resist All.
  • Resistances have become analogue instead of binary.
  • Diminishing returns have been added to status effects.
  • Other parts of the game have been rebalanced as a result, to make sure Time to Kill and Time to be Killed stay balanced.
  • All changes are retroactive.

Changes to Skill Power and Skills

  • Skill Power has been moved to a system similar to armor, where each new World Tier you reach will demand more Skill Power to reach the same effectiveness of your skills.
  • There’s a bigger difference in skill efficiency between low and high Skill Power builds.
  • Changes have been made to Sticky Bomb, First Aid and Shock Turret.
  • We’ve rebalanced Signature Skills and made it impossible to trigger a Signature Skill when you’re already suffering from its immunity debuff. Tactical link’s damage bonus has been lowered in PvP.

PvP Balancing

  • Hip fire stability while moving has been decreased and a new hip fire camera has been added.
  • The damage gap between body damage and headshots has been lowered.
  • When combat rolling, there’s now a one second delay before you can roll again.
  • You can no longer reload your weapon while sprinting.
  • Medkits can now be used at full health and remove certain status effects.
  • The Rejuvenated talent has been changed to give additional resistance to status effects.
  • Adrenaline no longer gives an overheal from medkits, instead it will give a heal over time.
  • Your enemy’s health bar will flash whenever they use a medkit.
  • Survivability talents like On the Move, Battle Buddy and Critical Save have seen some balancing changes.

Economy changes

  • Unlimited recalibration has been introduced. The price increases each time, capping out at five recalibrations.
  • Helping civilians reward Intel.
  • High End pistols in Survival no longer costs Division Tech.
  • Scavenger Box now scales with World Tier.
  • Some item prices have been tweaked.

Other changes

  • All activities now reward their own separate experience points and award their own caches.
  • In Survival, solo players can no longer end up in games with players queuing as a group.
  • Grouping up while in a PvP Survival game has been disabled.
  • Reviving a downed player in Survival always costs a medkit.
  • The In-game store will be revamped, and add a new currency.

No release date is planned, and more changes could happen based on feedback from a special meeting at the Red Storm offices with the Elite Task Force. You can read the full blog post for more details.

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From The Chatty

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    January 23, 2017 10:02 AM

    John Keefer posted a new article, The Division's Last Stand DLC and Update 1.6 will bring major changes

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      January 23, 2017 10:03 AM

      I wonder what will be included for base-game-only folks. I don't have any DLC - but if there's a huge sale or something I suppose I could be interested. It has that borderlands shoot n' loot aspect that is nice for a while.

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        January 23, 2017 11:11 AM

        If I read (and wrote) this correctly, update 1.6 is for the base game. The DLC is the new Last Stand mode.

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      January 23, 2017 11:49 AM

      Cool. I'm not geared well nor pvp much but this looks good.

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      January 23, 2017 11:59 AM

      Picked this game up during the holiday sales and have played the shit out of it. Survival is awesome.

      Dunno how interested I am in PvP though. The gameplay doesn't really strike me as competitively fun.

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        January 23, 2017 12:01 PM

        It's fun in theory but then when someone terminator walks to you as your ur shooting them and shoots you point blank and kills you. Then it is not fun.

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          January 23, 2017 12:02 PM

          Pretty much. It's horribly balanced.

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          January 23, 2017 12:05 PM

          Last stand is gonna be all equalized apparently. I'm just not super interested in a competitive 3rd person cover shooter. I still have nightmares about GoW.

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        January 23, 2017 12:25 PM

        Yeah I picked it up on PS4 around black friday and only recently got to play it. I'm really enjoying it. So much in fact that when my wife kicked me off the PS4 to watch Arrow I went and bought Division on PC so I could keep playing it.

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      January 23, 2017 12:02 PM

      I wish they'd add more to the Light Zone or allow players to enter the Dark Zone without having to worry about rogue players. I have no interest in PvP at all and LZ feels devoid of enemies a lot of the time.