Ubisoft is one step closer to releasing October’s sweeping 1.4 patch for the promising but faltering The Division. For now, PC players can try it on a public test server. Read the lengthy patch notes for the PC PTS version. Or just download it and play (here’s how). Better loot drops in the Underground? Huzzah!
The changes I’m reading about on the PTS remind me very much of Diablo 3's Loot 2.0 changes and Destiny’s TTK changes, which is a very good thing. The way The Division is balanced pre-1.4, you’re basically grinding for rare-and-small upgrades, and the grind isn’t even fun due to the bullet sponge enemies, unstoppable DZ murderers, and “co-op” players kicking you off their team late-session to hog boss loot.
It amazes me that Massive/Ubisoft made a game that was a ton of fun from 1-30, and then just slowly turned into an annoying chore shortly thereafter.