The Division's upcoming expansions have been delayed, Ubisoft announced today.
Survival, the game's second add-on, is moving until a "later date this year," while the third expansion, Last Stand, will now come out in early 2017. Ubisoft announced these changes in a blog post.
"This new schedule will not only enable us to strengthen the core experience before adding new content, but also continuously improve it by allowing for more production time to ensure the quality of future updates as well," the developer explained.
The Division's first expansion, Underground, came out in July. The downloadable content for The Division is released first on Xbox One as part of a timed-exclusivity deal between Microsoft and Ubisoft. Survival was previously pegged to come out this summer, while Last Stand was expected this winter.
In its blog post, Ubisoft said it's been an "incredible" six months since The Division saw its record-breaking release in March. However, it has become clear that the overall Division experience has been "affected by lingering issues that have accumulated since release."
As a result of fan feedback and Ubisoft's own observations, the studio is adjusting its focus to instead make its priority "improving the core gameplay experience" instead of releasing new content.
To that end, Ubisoft is now working on a new update, 1.4, which will make a lot of fixes and improvements. As outlined in this Ubisoft blog post, the focus of 1.4 is on this points:
- Fixing bugs, including those listed in our Known Issues as well as many other ones
- Making loot drops more relevant to the player
- Enemy difficulty and time to kill
- Gear Sets and weapons balancing
- Solo player experience
- Dark Zone and PvP balancing
- Quality of life additions based on community suggestions (such as weapon skins no longer taking inventory space)
Update 1.4 for The Division addresses the game's "most pressing issues," Ubisoft said. Overall, the developer explained that improving the game is an "ongoing effort" that starts with 1.4 and will likely continue with further updates in the future.
A full overview of the changes included with The Division's update 1.4 will come in a livestream event scheduled for September 13.
"We want to take this opportunity to thank you, our community, for being so openly passionate about the game," Ubisoft said. "Our passion is what unites us and allows us to build a better game together! We remain committed to delivering the best experience possible, and will constantly be looking for your feedback as we shape the future of The Division."