‘The Division’ 1.6 Update To Join Last Stand Expansion: New Difficulty, Dark Zone, Exotic Items Announced

Update 1.6
Update 1.6 Ubisoft

The Division Expansion III: Last Stand will be coming soon and along with the expansion, Ubisoft is releasing Update 1.6 to all players for free. Update 1.6 isn’t just an ordinary update, but a massive successor to 1.4 and 1.5 updates with hopes of rounding out the game nicely.

Update 1.6 will be housed on the Public Test Server starting Jan. 24 and it’s where Ubisoft is looking for lots of feedback. In addition, according to the blog, Ubisoft also emphasized the new The Division Update 1.6 will not introduce a new World Tier that may cause players to alter their Gear Score.

“It’s worth noting that 1.6 will not bring a new World Tier,” the blog announced. “We don’t want you to have to go through old content to increase your gear score again before you can do any new activities – this way you’ll be able to jump straight in.”

Agents can expect an expanded game map, new special event additions, Named gear revamp, Dark Zone leaderboards and an entirely new difficulty level.

On The Division blog, the gigantic detailed list of updates are there for you to scrutinize, but here’s a highlighted list of what comes equipped with Update 1.6. The update is meant to bring balance tweaks and changes including the major components.

Update 1.6 Crucial Details:

The Northern Front

  • Northern parts of the Dark Zone will open
  • New areas Dark Zone 7, 8 and 9 will become available
  • New areas including more rooftops and underground locations
  • Dark Zone checkpoints will now allow fast travel
  • Landmarks award additional loot landing directly to your inventory
  • New Landmarks will have multiple waves of enemies after eliminating initial NPCs
  • Contamination events
  • New special events to DZ will be added
  • Around every hour, elite Cleaners will burn contaminated body bags and even you
  • Contamination levels will reach a new high; watch your virus filter

Dark Zone Leaderboards

  • Welcome DZ leaderboards - compare yourself with other players in PvP and PvE.
  • Tracked activities turn into total score and is divided into three tiers
  • Rankings are reset weekly but give out rewards on weekly and monthly basis

Legendary Difficulty

  • New difficulty - Legendary for seasoned players
  • Legendary difficulty is added to three missions in Times Square, WarrenGate Power Plant and Napalm Prod. Site.
  • New, smarter and more powerful enemies
  • Playing Legendary rewards players with unique vanity items, only available in this part of the game
  • Exotic items and new Gear Set
  • “Named” gear and weapons are now Exotics and have a unique color in player inventories
  • Exotic weapons have specific talents, does not include Alphabridge 4-piece bonus
  • Exotic sets will need to be complete in order to unlock the specified talent.
  • Weekly rewards for Exotic caches come from Legendary difficulty missions.

Gear Set changes

  • Alphabridge 4-piece bonus will share a free talent from two weapons in the same category
  • Frontline 4-piece removes critical hit chance effect on mods where shield is applied and no longer removes the effect.
  • Read more about Gear Set changes here

While there isn’t a date as of yet when the new update hits live servers, Update 1.6 will roll out alongside the Expansion III: Last Stand and the Last Stand mode release. For now, enjoy the new update and its features on The Division’s Public Test Server.

The Division Update 1.6 and the Last Stand expansion will be released for free on PC, PS4, and Xbox One.

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