Next week is looking good for players of The Division, as developer Ubisoft has announced a big update to the game, scheduled for Monday, December 4. Update 1.8 will add a bunch of new content, from new game modes to a map expansion and more.
Two new modes are included in the patch: Resistance–a “PVE horde mode activity”–and Skirmish, which is a “4v4 PVP mode that emphasizes close-quarters combat and gunplay. The map expansion, meanwhile, comes over on the left-hand portion of Manhattan. It’s called West Side Pier, though we don’t yet know what the environment will contain.
Weapon hunters can look forward to three new exotic weapons–the Big Alejandro LMG, Devil and Heel MMR pair, and House SMG–and a new system called Gear Optimization allows you to “spend D-Tech to upgrade weapon/gear statistics to maximum.” Finally, the game’s Underground Agents are being revamped to add new Directives, Check Points, Hunters, and chances for classified gear, while “Rogue 2.0” will bring a “voluntary rogue toggle for PVP flagging” aimed at rebalancing the Dark Zone.
The update is scheduled for December 4, though Ubisoft says it will not include the in-progress Xbox One X patch. That is coming at a later date, the company says.
Ubisoft continues to support The Division, over 18 months after its launch. The game’s most recent big update added new customization options, Global Events, and a bunch of other improvements. You can read more about The Division’s 1.7 update here.