The Division: Incursions Update 1.1

***This is a Repost***

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The first free update will introduce the first incursion, a new challenging end-game activity developed specifically for squad play. Teams will be able to test their skills as they face seemingly unstoppable enemies to gain high-level weapons and equipment. This update will also add one of the community’s most-wanted feature, loot trading; allowing players in the same group to trade loot collected during a co-op game session.

In a Special Report on the official The Division Twitch channel, they finally revealed new information about the Incursions themselves and how the new gear sets will work. This breakdown summarizes the important points of the stream, but you can re-watch it anytime on Twitch.tv/thedivisiongame.

Story and Background 

  • Falcon Lost will be the first Incursion
  • It takes place in a Water Treatment Plant and is a LMB Stronghold, because that is not really something that you bomb, when you want to take back New York
  • Captain Perez reassembles the LMB to keep control and now it is our job to stop the rest of the LMB
  • Multiple voice-overs and discussions that will be different each time

Tactics:

  • You won´t be able to camp in Falcon Lost, you will have to change position on a regular basis
  • There will be new enemies: Drones – they will flush you out of cover and need to be shot down
  • You really need a good group and tactics, will be very difficult with PUGs
  • It is not only about gear but also a lot about player skills

You need synergy between playstyles

Matchmaker

Matchmaker is confirmed for Incursions. There is a Gear-Score recommendation for hard-mode and for Challenge Mode, you won´t be matched with players that are below a specific score.

Checkpoints

No checkpoints in Incursions, when you die you have to start over

Weekly lockouts?

No weekly lookout for incursions you can play them as many times as you want.

The first time in the week you will get a very good reward, and after that you will get good rewards

Future Incursions

More Incursions are planed (Columbus Circle is already confirmed for the Conflict update in May)

Future incursions will have different mechanics

Rewards

Best/new gear and weapons than everywhere in the game (also new named weapons)

Gear-Set-items

Difficulty

  • The Difficulty of the Incursions is very high, because it needs group coordination, tactics and also good gear to beat the Incursion
  • Incursions have two difficulties
  • Hard Mode that will require the equivalent of the current level 31 high end gear
  • Challenge Mode that will require the new gear-sets

The devs could beat the hard mode, so they made it more difficult.

The QC players needed days to beat the Challenge Mode Incursion.

Trading

  • Player can drop items to give it to the other players in the group that were present as you got the item
  • Restrictions:
  • Dark Zone you have to go to a Checkpoints to trade the item (safe area)
  • Dropped loot can be picked up by all players in the group
  • Items can be dropped and traded multiple times in the 2h window after pickup

New Feature: Assignments

  • There will be weekly and daily assignments
  • You can earn Phoenix Credits and Division Tech
  • Good rewards in general
  • Example: killing 10 Cleaners

New Dark Zone Activities

Supply Drops

  • Drop from the sky that happens every hour on different locations and have very good rewards
  • Only the first group that gets there will get the reward.
  • Supply Drops are protected by hard enemies
  • When you get the supply drop, you don´t have to extract them.

In general, they will add new activities in every future update

Spectator-Cam

When you die during a group-mission, you can follow other teammates

You can switch between your teammates, look around and help them until you are revived

 Gear-Sets

There are 4 gear sets

  • Finding and equipping four pieces from a single set unlocks a new, never-before-seen talent for your Agent, which the developers aren’t revealing yet.
  • You will also get a setbonus when you have a specific number of set-pieces equipped
  • Gear sets will have other talents than what we already have
  • Different gearsets per playstyle
  • Are more powerful than High-Ends gear pieces – but you have to equip a multiple number of items to get the buff – but gear sets don´t have gear talents

Help a lot in the group synergy when players of the group have different sets…

Sentry’s Call – This is the Snipers Gear set

Striker’s Battle Gear – Combat Assault set

Path of the Nomad -Dark Zone / Solo oriented set (very vague)

Technician’s Authority – Support and Tech-Bonus

You can get Gear Sets from:

  • Incursions
  • Blueprints that can be bought
  • Drop in Challenge Mode Missions
  • Dark Zone

(you need to do multiple things to complete the set)


  

Gear Score

After you reach level 30 you are measured by gear score / now you don´t see player level but the gear score

The gear score is calculated by the gear you are wearing and is based on the quality and item-level

Gear score is also included in matchmaking. Matchmaking will also include the items you have in the inventory.

Player Level Cap

Agent level is still capped at 30, but your gear score can boost your abilities beyond your level, and are touted as a new way of leveling up for top-level players.

RELEASE DATE

April 12th 2016 – on all platforms.

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I Choose You Red & Blue

If you are even vaguely aware of the internet than you probably noticed that Nintendo recently celebrated the 20th anniversary of the original Red & Blue versions of Pokémon. While I know Pokémon is still one of the largest franchises in the world, my 4 1/2 year old son loves watching the various series on Netflix, I can’t help but think that Pokómon truly belongs to my generation. We had the original 150. I don’t even consider Mew to be an original that’s how Pokemon OG I am.

Charizard
The only Pokémon that matters

Pokémon descended on North America like an atom bomb. There are a handful of gaming events that stick with me, playing Mario in 3D, The first time you heard the soundtrack to Halo Combat Evolved, and being moved to tears by the end of Final Fantasy X. Just to name a few. But Pokemon stands above the rest. It’s not just a singular event that sticks out either it’s a chain starting on Christmas morning 1998. To this day I don’t think I’ve ever been more excited for a toy. I spent the entire day playing and haven’t stopped since.

I remember the first time I beat the elite 4, the first time I traded and battled with friends, the first time I caught MissingNo. I remember getting up early to watch the show. I joined the local Pokemon club at a KB Toys. I was all in. I loved my Pokémon games and this morning I made a beautiful discovery.

Pokemon Red Version Pokemon Blue Version Red and blue
Hello Sweetie!

Still in mint condition! I fired them up already and found that I only have 2 hours and 8 Pokemon on the Red Version and no saved game on the Blue Version. I usually use an emulator on my phone to play Pokémon these days but it looks like I’ll have to start carrying my good ol’ Gameboy around again.

 

It’s Dangerous to Go Alone!

 

-DesertFawkz the Blood Raven

The Day Ubisoft Stood Me Up

6 a.m EST.

Alarm.

Man mid twenties with buzzed hair and the whispers of a beard rolls over in bed. Groggy he glances at his phone as he shuts off the alarm. He suddenly jolts up.

Pan in on phone screen: TheDivisionGame Twitch notification.

“Did I miss it!?”

The man eagerly clicks on the notification while jamming headphones into his ears to hear the announcement that will change his life.


 

No one really seems to know just where they had seen the announcement but everyone could agree on one thing: on the 29th of March 2016 Ubisoft Massive would be telling us everything we wanted to know about incursions for The Division during a live stream on their Division Twitch account.

I was shocked when I woke up this morning to find that there had already been a stream and I’d missed it. It was frustrating but I still get up before a lot people on the east coast of the United States I would still be one of the first to know exactly what to expect form The Division. Luckily my phone is waterproof so I was able to start the stream while I showered. This was important information, I didn’t have time to wait. But wait I had to.

At first it seemed like a  normal stream with Hamish Bode and friends. But Hamish is a Community Developer for The Division and a guy in the know about a lot of things for The Division so I figured this must be it. Alas my hopes were rather quickly dashed when he said he couldn’t say much about the incursions yet and that he had shot a video about the incursions but it wasn’t ready yet. Then Hamish proceeded to torture me by dropping little tid-bits such as “It’s very very very very difficult. To the point where people inside  the company cannot finish them.”

The Division Podcast Hamish Bode Arekkz TwoSixNine
I’m finding it very very very very difficult to not punch my phone through a wall

Then he drops that we should “stay locked to this channel” and that “This week will be a big week for information for people.”

So when several hours later I get another notification that The Division Twitch account was live i rushed to my cubicle, messaged my clan mates, and tuned in. This time it was Natchai, an Ubisoft CM surely he would give us news. But Natchai simply played the game killing a couple named bosses and then venturing into the Dark Zone all the while the chat was exploding with questions like “when is the incursion stream coming?” Natchai playfully told us he wasn’t sure every few minutes than finally after about half an hour of constantly being asked he shattered our dreams. There would be no incursion stream today and there was no set date for such an announcement.

I may have died a little inside.  Ubisoft released The Division 3 weeks ago today and in that time span I have spent 72 wonderful hours with their creation but today they left me at the dance.

 

It’s Dangerous to Go Alone!

 

-DesertFawkz The Disappointed Blood Raven

The Dawn of Virtual Reality

Today marks the start of a new age. The mighty Oculus Rift starts shipping to consumers today. I’ve never gotten my hands on one but I do own the Oculus Gear VR  and I can say that even with just the power of my Galaxy S7, VR is something that must be experienced. The Gear VR requires less than half the RAM suggested for its big brother and considerably less processing power and yet it still has the ability to amaze.

The PC needed to power The Rift will set you back about $850+ on top of the $599 for The Rift itself. The minimum specs for a PC to work with the VR set are as follows:

  • NVIDIA GTX 970 / AMD 290 equivalent or greater
  • Intel i5-4590 equivalent or greater
  • 8GB+ RAM
  • Compatible HDMI 1.3 video output
  • 2x USB 3.0 ports
  • Windows 7 SP1 or newer

It’s a hefty sum for sure but one that I can say with a perfectly straight face is worth it.

Gear VR Headset
Galaxy Gear VR Headset

This is the future of entertainment. Yes it is prohibitively expensive. Yes you look goofy wearing it, yes you may hurt yourself if you are not careful, but its all worth it when you actually get to step into another world. Even the simple movie theater you sit in while watching videos feels incredibly real. If you have a large piggy bank exclusively for toys I say put your order in today for The Rift. Purchases made today are estimated to ship in July.

 

It’s Dangerous to Go Alone!

-DesertFawkz The Blood Raven

Episode II : The Division Incursions and Future Updates

Legion Radio Network discusses the recent patch to The Division, Xbox One updates, and future DLC from Ubisoft. We are featuring Dark Winter Project music throughout the episode! Also, LRN announces a contest and free giveaway for our listeners! Make sure to listen to the end!

“It’s Dangerous to Go Alone!”

フリクリ

12 NEW FLCL EPISODES ARE COMING!

Thanks to the partnership of Toonami and Production IG we will get to continue our trippy fever dream of an adventure. The official word is Kazuya Tsurumaki, the stories creator, and other original series creators will be back. They gave us a brief description of what to expect:

“In the new season of FLCL, many years have passed since Naota and Haruhara Haruko shared their adventure together. Meanwhile, the war between the two entities known as Medical Mechanica and Fraternity rages across the galaxy. Enter Hidomi, a young teenaged girl who believes there is nothing amazing to expect from her average life, until one day when a new teacher named Haruko arrives at her school. Soon enough, Medical Mechanica is attacking her town and Hidomi discovers a secret within her that could save everyone, a secret that only Haruko can unlock.”

To be honest I don’t really know how to feel about this. On the one hand Fooly Cooly is one of my favorite animes of all time, on the other hand revisiting old fan favorites rarely goes well even with the original creator at the helm. Only time will tell.

It’s Dangerous to Go Alone!

-DesertFawkz The Anime Loving Blood Raven

Trendy Entertainment Sues The Creators of Ark

Trendy Entertainment has filed suit against Wildcard, the developers of the wildly popular sandbox game Ark, for allegedly illegally hiring  Jeremy Stieglitz who was a former Trendy employee. The whole suit is a little ridiculous (how is Dungeon Defender in any way competing with Ark??) but a contract is a contract and if Wildcard did knowingly hire Stieglitz even though he had a non-compete  contract than I see some repercussions headed their way.

Head over to Kotaku, who broke the news, for the complete story .

 

It’s Dangerous To Go Alone !

 

-DesertFawkz The Blood Raven