The Dark Zone will become much more lucrative for high-level players in The Division as of update 1.02, which went live today. It will be the first major patch since The Division launched on March 8, though the previously announced free update introducing Incursions and squad loot trading is still in development.
Currently the lack of meaningful rewards and massive risks to acquire the best loot discourages many high-level players to attack their fellow agents in the Dark Zone, making the current climate more akin to a Dim Zone instead. Update 1.02 will bolster Dark Zone funds and experience point rewards both for hunting down Rogue agents and for outliving your Rogue agent timer. Players will also lose less funds and XP for dying in the Dark Zone, and killed players will even start dropping ammunition and other consumable items. These dropped items do not come from the inventory of the defeated player but are generated randomly upon death.
The announced tweaks will undoubtedly make the Dark Zone’s encouraged “peace and cooperation” atmosphere much less of a guarantee, although players will now have more incentive to team up with others to take down the opposing AI factions. With the new update, level 31 and 32 NPCs will also start dropping more High-End gear (the incredibly powerful and ultra rare Orange colored inventory items), and DZ rank 30 locked chests will now have a chance to drop High-End items as well.
A host of new general gameplay adjustments are also coming in The Division update 1.02 for players who have not yet mustered up the courage to venture into the wild lands of the Dark Zone. Named enemies will drop better loot in Challenge Mode missions than they currently do in Hard Mode, further rewarding those who prefer extreme difficulty and challenge. Alternatively, in what might be disappointing to some players, the Trained Weapon talent has been reworked so that it will not keep powerful Signature Skills going indefinitely as this was having a negative effect on the balance of PVP encounters in the Dark Zone.
For more information on this recent patch, please check out the official patch notes. What do you think of this new wave of adjustments and rewards for Dark Zone players? Is an update this soon after launch a bad sign for The Division going forward? Let us know in the comments.
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