The Division Servers Back Online With Big Changes

Bye, bye, Loot Cave.

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Following a roughly three-hour period of downtime for maintenance this morning, The Division's servers should now be back online across Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC.

The game returns to operation with some major changes through update 1.02. As explained yesterday, the patch fixes a number of bugs (bye, bye, Loot Cave) and tweaks numerous aspects of the game. You can see the full 1.02 patch notes here in our previous coverage.

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Ubisoft even cracked a joke about The Division's Destiny-esque Loot Cave, which allowed players to farm high-level gear until it was patched out today. The developer shared this silly image on Twitter of the worldboss in question, Bullet King.

In other news about The Division, the game brought in $330 million in revenue over its first five days, eclipsing Destiny's mark over the same period of time. Additionally, one player hasreached the Dark Zone's level cap of 99 after playing for 130 hours.

For more on The Division, check out GameSpot's review and all of our previous coverage here.

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the never respawning named enemies is bullshit, after the missions and upgrading the base 100% the open world is pretty empty, it will be even more baron now thanks to this.

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The structure of "going rogue" has been ruined. Groups just dance in front of you until you go rogue, or they go after people who aren't in groups. With how much healing there is in the game and the fact that they put people with end game gear against people who aren't even DZ50 yet, the game can be almost unplayable.

Your reward for going rogue is supposed to just be the items from the person you kill as well as the small amount of money/keys you get. It isn't supposed to be actively promoted like it is now. Until they start punishing rogues instead of giving them every benefit under the sun, then DZ will remain a mess. At the very least they should make it where non-rouges don't lose as much (maybe make it where you can't go down a level once you reach it).

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@ExoticCharm: The Game still as it should favours non-rogues .. Me and the friends I play with are all DZ lvl 50+ and we don't dance in front of people or pick on lesser groups - Unless they are rogues .. We like rogue hunting its fun !! if you don't shoot at us we won't shoot at you !!

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@ltjohnnyrico: me and my friends would like to hunt Destiny trolls like you and your friends ... but i think that you and your friends were going in low level zones where you can troll and hunt low level characters ...Destiny troll style

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@iohannfus2015: Destiny Trolls ? Are you having some kind of episode or something? .. You can try and hunt us if you like were pretty good but not unbeatable .. we just like to hunt rogues as they usually pick on guys much lower in level than they are and that's just not HP !!

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@ExoticCharm: non-rogues don't drop all gear if they have more than 3 items. Rogues drop it all.

Also this update made it be a few hits landed before making you rogue. I've tested it. Easily enough time to stop shooting. And then if they wanna keep standing there, the enemy you're shooting at will now hit him instead. Simple.

Rogues do NOT get every benefit. What are you talking about? What benefit do they even get? Constantly being labeled on the map? Constantly being revealed on the other players HUD's even through cover? Doesn't seem like a benefit to me. From dying 3 times while rogue, I went down an entire level. That's a huge amount of xp loss.

Just play smart. The Dark Zone is meant to be dangerous and make you feel on edge constantly. I think the DZ is very well implemented from what I've experienced so far. However, I haven't hit above level 14 so I don't know the full situation with people being OP with gear and whatnot in the 15-30 bracket, but so far I'm really impressed and looking forward to them refining and adding events and other shit to it.

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@Spartan-1657: That's your problem right there. You aren't playing in the 30-30 bracket. Every server has at least one 4-man group with top gear that can do whatever they want and harass whoever they want. The only way to kill them would be by getting an equally OP team of 4, but how are you supposed to get good gear when the ones that already have it won't let you farm for loot?

Losing more EXP and loot while rogue isn't a penalty if you can't be killed. Having to get shot a few times to go rogue doesn't prevent anything when people jump in front of your scope. The beta had balance because it was possible to drop somebody even if they were in a group. You might not have killed everybody, but you came out above even if you took a rogue with you by using high power weapons. With the signature abilities and other mods now, that type of thing can't be done anymore. There's no way to surprise anyone with quick damage and the battle will only be determined by who has better gear instead of who has more skill.

In other words, not only is being in a 4-man group mandatory if you don't want to get royally screwed, but even that won't be enough against people that played from day 1 and did the loot cave. The balance is gone.

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@ExoticCharm: You can still beat a good team with Skill !! I play mostly in a 3 man squad (sometimes 4) and the 3 of us can quite easily beat a squad of high level rogues and also keep in mind that unless its blatantly an accident as has happened to us (A pretty new player shot me as soon as he came into the DZ and went rogue however he stopped shooting and hid so we left him alone) as the guy above states rogues appear on everyones HUD meaning its usually not a fair fight in our favour !! . Just get a good group or join a good group .. the 4th slot in our team is welcome to anyone who wants to join when we play and we'l kick the rogues asses !!

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Patch was meaty almost 3 gigarinos

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So what are the "Big Changes"?

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@goodgamesguy: The link in the article has the full release notes.

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@oc40: Yeah just updated it.

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I finished the game yesterday. Great game. It's fun to just turn your brain off and shoot at stuff while listening to podcast with this game. Much like any Diablo or MMO.

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im still only lvl15 & lvl10 in DZ but i really wanted to fight that Bullet King oh well

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@senorbusyman: You can he just want respawn

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I still have no waypoint line!!!

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@rodoxthedark: Toggle is right thumb stick when viewing the map.

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@suicidesn0wman: I was wondering what happened to mine...

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@oc40: Yeah, it's a very odd place to put that setting, should have put it in the settings menu as well, not sure why they didn't.

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Does anybody know what the future expansions of this game are going to be? I have to say, i'm having an absolute blast with this game, that wasn't even on my radar. My friends as well. It's just in my view a very well made game.

However, i didn't buy the Seasons Pass. I live here in NYC, and so, aside from the game (that even shockingly is greatly detailed), i have to see this city, like, now, like every day lol.

And so, i don't know if more "NYC" will get me to want more. I know they may be exploring Brooklyn, but Downtown Brooklyn (the beginning of the game) looks like Manhattan.

If the DLC could be another area, like say London, or say some far away (for me) place, that would be a great idea, but i don't know if 40 bucks for more snowy NYC is gonna do it for me.

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@jagdedge124: There's 2 free dlc coming in april and May, that add Destiny like strikes ppl are guessing called incursions. DZ will get 2 new modes. The SP comes with 3 dlc, the 1st you go down into the sewers to fight a group, the 2nd is a survival dlc, you build supplies and hold out your defenses as long as you can, or turn rogue and turn on ppl. The 3rd is Last Stand, some new group stands between you and victory over NYC.

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@jagdedge124: All dlc will be NYC. One of them is going into the subway and sewers more.

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@jagdedge124: dlc will be just nyc, but they are adding new modes and missions with the season pass

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@rodoxthedark:

Well many more missions may be something to consider, because i have only 2 missions left, and when that's done, i guess there's nothing much left other than the DZ. I don't know, maybe i'll get it.

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@jagdedge124: you get daily replays of the existing missions and challenge difficulty, ive had some pretty intense sessions on challenge, if you get a good crew who wont quit that is

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Strange how 95% of the comments on here so far are from people who've either never played it or are using the opportunity to claim that they'll never play it again...

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The Division in many ways may be better than Destiny. However, for all that they improved upon, they set a new low in online gaming that unfortunately, could become the new standard for how these shit online games will be for a while.

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@bobafetthatesu: what low is that

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@bobafetthatesu: The Game is awesome .. guessing you dont play it ?

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@bobafetthatesu: No explanation as to how they accomplished this amazing feat?

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they ruined all the fun and playability in Dark Zone, all stupid kids are there, becames rogues and shoot everything, 3 or 4 teams raiding everything in low level zones, barely to see a neutral player there ...

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Why would someone want the loot cave gone. Ubisoft addresses that before fixing the server issues that crashes are game. They dont fix the stash box so we can mark what to send to our inventory. Smh

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@kentray1985:

1) 'Loot caves' are lame - you might as well make a 'game' that just gives you everything without working for it.

2) Server stabilisation is an ongoing thing, and it seems to be getting better with each reset from what I'm experiencing.

3) Fourth point in the patch notes:

'Items extracted from the Dark Zone are now properly marked as "new" items when moved to the players inventory'

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@TwinStripeUK: I font care, I loved that loot cave. The stash box shouldve been tweaked.

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@kentray1985: are you just moaning for the sake of it?

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They've addressed my main problems with the game at the minute: adjusting good loot drop rates which were stupidly low, making it actually worth while going rogue and addressing the other DZ problems.

Also, when will game developers learn that finding loot drops from killing enemies and exploring is fun, grinding a certain currency so you can buy blueprints or gear is soul crushingly dull.

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@jackzor123: Are you the one that snitched. No probaly eddie did it lol

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@kentray1985: Haha, I saw the tweet from the person who did snitch. Should be ashamed of themselves

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@jackzor123: Darn my vote was on eddie as the one who did it lol

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I got tired of the dark zone after making no progress because people kept deliberately cutting in front of me while I was shooting meanwhile their squad surrounded me to kill me the instant I turned rouge its happened too many time for the dark zone to be fun for me anymore. It sucks I lose the DZ gear I'm trying to extract but its a huge P/O that I lose DZ xp as well. Its a way to rob a player with no punishment to yourself and a huge one to the other player.

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@ello432: man you described exactly what I'm going through. I'm level 30 with nothing left except the horrible scenario you just described happening. It's just not fun. It would be cool to have an endless waves mode where the enemies get tougher but the rewards get better or something besides the dark zone and daily missions are the same thing I've already done

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@barret232hxc: At level 32 enemies can pretty much 1 shot you, I imagine the best groups would make it to only 35. They are adding a survival like dlc, where you have to hold out as long as you can and build up your defenses. That's this summer though. Next month we get incursions, which are prolly like Destiny strikes. A new DZ mode, they're adding gear sets, etc. I imagine this will be like Destiny, a game you hold on to, and play when new content drops, then go back to other games.

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@ello432: Welcome to the new breed of always connected online multiplayer shooters.

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@bobafetthatesu: What does being online all the time have to do with that?

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@ello432: after this patch it is worst, thery are sitting behind you, leave you to kill the boss and after that shoot you from behind ... stupid kids were bored by Destiny ...tonight i am going there with all my friends and i will hunt only rogues trolls

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@iohannfus2015: Thats the point .. its what a rogue does .. you have the choice to be a rogue .. or do as I do and rogue hunt .. its fun

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@ello432: Same here. Plus, I've found that the stuff I pick up in the DZ isn't drastically better than what I can craft or buy from a vendor. At this point, there is no reason for me to even go into the Dark Zone.

I'm currently level 21. I plan on hitting level 30 and finishing the story by Friday. Then I'm just gonna trade it in for store credit toward Dark Souls 3.

There is fun to be had in The Division, but it's been a pretty big disappointment overall. I don't think any amount of patching or even DLC could make this a game that I'd play for the long term.

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What queue line?

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