Tom Clancy’s The Division developers recently detailed the key points of the shooter’s upcoming 1.8 update, and now popular YouTuber Arekkz has followed it up with his own comprehensive breakdown of the new information.
The Division‘s Resistance 1.8 update will introduce a new PvE survival mode, a new PvP mode, and an extension to the game’s open-world, among other additions. Arekkz covers each of these new features as they were detailed in the developer’s recent State of the Game livestream.
Resistance is The Division‘s new wave-survival mode that can be played solo, or in a group of up to four players. The mode is apparently fairly straight-forward, tasking players with surviving increasingly difficult waves of varying enemies, with different quality gear rewarded to survivors depending on how well they did.
Skirmish will be The Division‘s new competitive multiplayer mode, bringing a barebones team deathmatch to the tactical shooter. The mode will not support any alternate objectives or NPCs, so the only thing each four-player team has to worry about is killing the opposition. Maps used for this mode will be fairly confined and specifically designed for the mode.
The most significant addition coming in update 1.8 is the introduction of the West Side Pier environment, adding two extra zones to the game’s explorable city. The new environment will mix things up by having the four different hostile factions work together to gang up on Division agents. Not only will groups of enemies mix units from various factions, but the spawning of these groups will be random and dynamic, with different collections of enemies appearing every time a player visits an area.
Unfortunately, not all of the West Side Pier’s locations are free to explore in the open environment. Certain locations—most notable being the USS Intrepid—are sectioned off for use exclusively in the new Resistance or Skirmish modes.
The West Side Pier will host the new Camp Clinton social space, which operates similarly to other social spaces with vendors, crafting areas, and other support services. Camp Clinton sets itself apart by offering new Alert challenges: modestly-sized missions that have players running circuits around the new environment, taking out sequences of hostiles for rewards of Division Tech and other loot. Division Tech might have become less valuable in recent updates for the game, but an upcoming shift to the game’s gear optimization system will make players want to start getting their hands on it once again.
Other bonuses players can expect in the update include new exotic weapons, new story-related content, and more. Arekkz’s full breakdown of the developer livestream can be found below.
There is currently no release date for The Division‘s 1.8 update, but players should expect it to hit the game’s public test server before dropping for the full game. Whenever it does go live, it will be free to download for all players.
Source: VG 24/7