The Division 2 elaborates on skills and specializations

    
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If you’re going to try to take back Washington D.C., you’re going to need some skills to do it, and the agents of The Division 2 are going to see them tweaked a bit. An interview with one of the online shooter’s top brass has briefly explained some of these skill changes as well as shed a little light on specializations.

User feedback is prompting the devs to make some adjustments to skills, particularly in the interest of the endless chase for PvP balance according to Ubisoft creative director Chadi El-Zibaoui‏.

“We’re going to be making those little tweaks until day one, and of course when the game is out in the hands of players, that’s when we will have more data and adjust those that feel too powerful. We have a team that is focusing 100 per cent on the PvP [player versus player] platform, and are in constant communication with the team at Massive to ensure that those skills are not unbalancing the PvP.”

Specializations, meanwhile, are described less like a class mechanic and more like an additional layer of customization to your Agent. An example provided includes a Sharp Shooter specialization that lets you shoot through armor plates or take down multiple targets that are lined up. Both skills and specializations will also have mods for further customization.

The Division 2 is continuing to spool up the hype for its open beta weekend running between Friday, March 1st, and Monday, March 4th, with a new live action trailer. Feel free to embroil yourself in all the stoic heroism below the jump.

sources: Gadgets 360 via Reddit, YouTube

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NeoWolf

Sadly I think Div 2 will belly flop hard if PVP is their focus..

The major appeal of the Div games is SO not the Dark Zones, which if were being honest about it, in the context of what a Divsion Agent is and is doing makes ZERO sense anyway… but hey not like they are going to take any notice.

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Reht

Darkzone is just part of the focus. There will still be the same level of PVE as Div 1 i believe and they are adding 8 person raids.

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NeoWolf

I’m not sure raids is a positive tbh could you imagine trying to coordinate an 8 main raid with a pug via something liek xbox or PS4…*shudder* what a horrific thought lol.
They are better off focusing on the smaller team stuff and the story content and world events which was the content they excelled with in Div 1 until they started all those nonsense modes DLCs..

As for Darkzones as I say conceptually let alone mechanically in Div they are just bonkers. Here we are government sleeper agents activated in a national criss to do what others can’t…and in our spare time we run off to rough neighbourhoods and murder each other for loot…dumb. lol

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Armsbend

Like the visuals but didn’t care for the writing or voice acting much. Ubi always seems to have awful VA. And really, why use a British voice actor with a Washington DC backdrop?

I really hope Disney gets back into gaming at some point. One more try. They understand how to pace a story and know small details matter. Developers just don’t get it.

All that said – still looking forward to the beta weekend! I have hopes for this title!

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A Dad Supreme

Yeah, ordered mine but I’m skipping the beta. I don’t want to see any of the game until I can play it all without limitations.

I always hated that about betas; you get rolling and then it’s either the level limit, area limit or time limit that shuts you down. Then the game launches and you feel like it’s already old and you end up rushing through it since it’s essentially an “alt” you’re now playing.

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Armsbend

I just use betas to see if the game works really well on my pc. Betas are good for marketing too – if it gets great buzz the game might be worthy of buying near launch.

I expect to walk around for an hour, shoot a gun, try to pk someone and then I’ll uninstall the beta and make my decision.

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Mewmew

Realistically I’d rather play certain games after they’ve been out a few months and gone through a few patches. Lots of these games are buggy and messy at first and become smooth and decent in time.

I think with this one, I’ve been waiting too long wanting it and I’m going to try to get in right off at launch. I had no interest at going in for the Private Beta, it was both limiting and not carrying anything into launch so it would basically be a waste of time for me (for a game I know I want and am buying anyway).

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BDJ

I swear. They don’t pay anything for voice acting. They just get people around the office that are already being paid.

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Armsbend

It gets worse sometimes though. Far Cry 2 is one of my favorite games of all times. Top 5 easy. But the VA is so weird. Like they recorded bad actors, then sped up the sound. Sometimes it seems like they want it to get worse and worse on purpose.

I mean, I get you don’t have to hire the best, but put in some minimal effort yeh? Like buy a 3rd rate VA trying to get gigs. That would be better and cheap too.

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Bannex

Bayek was awesome. He could be one of my favorite all time video game characters.