It would seem that there’s an unwritten law that a multiplayer game’s first major update has to bellyflop; the recent Battle for D.C. content update for The Division 2 has brought some consternation to players as a result of its balancing pass, which has nerfed a number of skills and mods in to the dirt.
While the update reduced the required skill power to equip skills, it also lowered their effectiveness. It also made a sweeping round of changes to weapon mods, which have combined to make life less fun in digital D.C. One example is the Chem Launcher, with its area of effect being reduced thanks to mod nerfs and its now awkward deployment added with the patch.
The patch has been so ill-received that players on the game’s subreddit are calling for a PTS, though that suggestion has caused its own spirited sort of debate.
The update has also had an effect on Signature Weapon ammunition drops, with players seeing less of this type of ammo showing up on the ground. That, however, appears to be a bug and the devs are on the case.
In spite of all of these patch issues, The Division 2 still remains a top seller, landing itself on the top of the UK game sales charts once again in spite of a 30% drop in sales week-on-week. This is mostly attributed to a lack of major new releases for the week, with Super Dragon Ball Heroes: World Mission being the only new arrival to the UK top 40.