Massive Entertainment originally announced The Division 2’s upcoming third title update would up the maximum Gear Score to 515, but the decision has now been made to scrap those plans.
In a blog post, the development team explained “it is too early to introduce higher Gear Score items.” As a result, the maximum Gear Score in Title Update 3 and the upcoming Operation Dark Hours raid will be 500.
“With the plethora of PvE and PvP changes in TU3 we want to improve the Dark Zone experience, making it more fun and rewarding. Taking those changes into account, we decided that it is too early to introduce higher Gear Score items. We want to make sure the next Gear Score increase feels completely natural and comes at a time that is right for the game,” the post explains.
“Our intention, as always, is for players to enjoy the content they love and continue to make progress with their Agent. After talking about loot and Gear Score in a lot of meetings, chats and video calls and many white boards being filled with thoughts, notes and graphs, we decided that with all the changes coming with TU3, increasing the Gear Score at this point would have created a couple of issues.”
The developer added that upping the Gear Score would have resulted in Gear Score 500 items being immediately outdated, invalidating the work that players have put into their builds right before the raid arrives.
Title Update 3 will go live on all platforms next week. However, the Operation Dark Hours raid will no longer be part of the update. Instead, the raid will arrive shortly after the update to give players time to get their builds ready.