It has been roughly a year and a half since the release of Ubisoft’s ambitious third-person shooter MMORPG, Tom Clancy’s The Division. In that time the game has carved out some success for itself; breaking sales records for the developer, releasing some well received paid DLC packs as well as scoring a movie deal around the same time as the Assassin’s Creed movie last year. Now The Division is preparing to launch their biggest free update ever this fall, Update 1.8 titled “Resistance”. Resistance is looking to expand The Division more than anything else that has come before it, adding in two new game modes and an entirely new area.
The new game modes consist of a similarly titled PvE mode, Resistance, and a PvP mode called Skirmish. In the Resistance mode, the different enemy factions of the game team up against the division agents coming at a team of up to 4 agents in a varied wave, similar to a standard horde mode. In Skirmish two teams of 4 agents compete against each other to see which team can get the highest number of kills before a timer expires. These modes may seem pretty basic, but keep in mind that they are completely free to the player and bolster a lot of the replayability of the game.
The new area added in the Resistance update, the West Side Pier, is spread across 2 zones and accessible to all players. In the West Side Pier, enemies from other zones are joining forces and it is the Division agents’ duty to put a stop to that, thus the new game modes. The West Side Pier also contains a new social hub called Camp Clinton where agents can coordinate their teams before taking the fight to the new super group of enemies.
Along with the straight up new content, Resistance will be adding some improvements to past DLC and the base game. This includes a revamp of rogue mechanics and some improvements to the Underground DLC. One of the more interesting of these updates is an improvement on the gear system, which will now let players improve stats of their favorite equipment instead of being forced to replace it. For more detailed info, you can tune in to the official Twitch livestream for The Division here on 5PM CEST on August 31st.