“The fight is far from over.” Season passes and post-launch updates make sure of that. Kidding aside, The Division is getting a new update, and it’s a meaty one. Ubisoft describes it as the largest free update to hit The Division. Solid support for a game deep into its second year.

Here’s the trailer.

Update 1.8 is being dubbed Resistance and adds a new playable area (West Side Pier) along with two new modes – Resistance and Skirmish.

Resistance scratches the PvE itch as you face off against waves of enemies. Survive, and new loot is yours. Skirmish pits two teams of four against each other. Get the most kills, and your team wins.

The Division devs will dive deeper into Update 1.8 during a livestream tomorrow morning at 8 am PDT.

Update 1.8 is slated for a fall release across all platforms. Maybe we’ll hear a more definitive release date tomorrow.

I’ll give the devs props for continuing to support The Division, but man it’s going to be hard pulling folks away from the games that are about to hit. And PUBG.

Still, I’ll give it a shot. I poured a ton of hours during the first month or two of The Division. It didn’t have the staying power for me like PUBG or RB: Siege, but I got my money’s worth. I want to see if Ubisoft is going to try out a Battle Royale mode in The Division. Survival was similar but was its own thing. Or, will Ubisoft just hold off for the inevitable sequel?

They need to take a hard look at the gameplay for the sequel. Bullet sponge enemies in a realistic setting just don’t mesh well together. I expect to pour plenty of bullets in games like Destiny. Their setting makes it more plausible (think shields, armor). But a guy running at me with a baseball bat wearing a hoody? I shouldn’t have to dump a clip into him.

But we could go back and forth all day about The Division and its gunplay mechanics. Tune in to tomorrow’s livestream to learn more about what’s coming in update 1.8. I’ll update this post with any big news from it.


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