During a special stream, Ubisoft and Massive announced the first free DLC, Insursions, and some new features coming in the April update.
In the first of two free expansion for The Division, Incursions adds a new endgame activity specifically designed for squads, and rewards players which are triumphant with some all important high-end loot.
The first Incursion, titled Falcon Lost (which now appears on the map in the south east corner) is set in a brand new, underground water treatment facility, which has been turned into a Last Man Battalion stronghold. There will be two difficulties available for Falcon Lost, hard mode and challenge mode, and will not have checkpoints throughout the mission. If your team goes down, you all have to start from the beginning of the mission, however, if you are successful you will be able to repeat the mission multiple times and still be rewarded new loot.
A further Incursion, Conflict, is due to launch later in the year, which takes Agents into New York’s Columbus Circle region, but no date has been set for this.
The April update doesn’t stop at new endgame activities, new gear will also be available to obtain. Featuring four new sets, Sentry’s Call, Striker’s Battle Gear, Path of the Nomad, and Technician’s Authority, each set has been tailored to cater to specific play styles; the Sentry’s Call set promotes constant precision, and the Striker’s Battle Gear is for the more assault-focused player, for example. When players find an equip four pieces from a specific set, they will unlock a brand new talent for their Agent, but developers are not specifying details at this moment in time.
Massive have also introduced a mechanic similar to that in Destiny, where the Agent level is capped at 30, however equipped gear will boost your abilities beyond your level, and are seen as a new way to level up for top-level players. Falcon Lost will be the first activity which will require Agents to have higher gear score, as the hard mode will be recommended for those with a gear score equivalent to 31, and challenge mode will be even tougher.
Something which many players have been looking forward to is loot trading, which has been confirmed to appear with the April update. When an Agent picks up some loot, they will be able to drop it on the ground for other group members to pick up. For those of you brave enough to enter the Dark Zone, you will only be able to do this inside the Dark Zone gate.
The April update will also introduce Assignments, new tasks for Agents to carry out to earn Phoenix Credits, Division Tech, and other rewards. These appear to behave much like the daily activities introduce in the open beta, and will include tasks such as killing 10 Cleaners. These are completely optional, but with the high rewards at stake, I know I won’t be ignoring them.
The Dark Zone has not been completely forgotten in the April update, and players will periodically see supply drops fall from the sky. These will contain uncontaminated loot, so an extraction will not be required, however the temptation of new loot will be too much for other Agents, and skirmishes are expected. These supply drops will also be protected by tough NPC enemies, so make sure to bring your best gear and squad to have a chance at obtaining the items within.
Speaking of NPCs, new challenges will appear with in the introduction of enemy drones. Agents should also expect to be pitted against an armoured personal carrier, which will behave much like a boss enemy, and is impervious to bullets, forcing you to think of other ways to take it down.
One thing which I do know the community have been crying out for is also coming in April. Currently, if you’re dead and your squad is continuing the fight without you, you have little choice but to stare at your dead body until either they hit the next checkpoint, or fail. Massive are introducing the option to switch your camera to one of your teammates, allowing you to follow what they are doing, and to offer call outs and assistance while you wait to be revived.
Of course, what good is an April update without a release date? You’ll be pleased to know that all this will be coming to Xbox One, PC, and PS4 on April 12, 2016.
The whole announcement is available to watch below.