The Division‘s first test of update 1.7 will hit the Public Test Server on PC later today, with a console release to follow “soon.”
As usual, all owners of The Division on PC can download the PTS and test out the update. However, the test will be limited to just 10,000 players on Xbox One and 10,000 players on PlayStation 4. Developer Massive Entertainment will invite players from a pool that includes people who have played in the last month and are at end game. Successful players will get an email with a code to download the PTS client.
This first PTS update will include pretty much everything coming in update 1.7 except for Global Events, which will be activated at a later date.
Players will get the chance to test out the new Classified Gear Sets, the Commendations and Patches system, and a new feature that allows players to change their character’s face in the Base of Operations.
Finally, update 1.7 includes new Encrypted Caches. These new boxes are obtained from the Premium Vendor and contain unique appearance items, emotes and skins. Cipher Keys are needed to open Encrypted Caches, which can either be obtained with real money or by finding 10 key fragments in the game world.
Read the full patch notes for PTS 1 here.