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Intelligence Annex #10: Spice it up

19/05/2016 09:30 AM

Hello Agents!

Last time we delved into the challenge that arose in Falcon Lost. Now it’s time to see how your life is going to get even more exciting.

With the next update we are bringing a new level of tension to the Dark Zone and breathing life into the Open World. “Search and Destroy” and “High Value Targets” will present new challenges and objectives as your traverse through the streets of Manhattan. With “Hijack Extraction” and “Sealed Caches”, not only will you experience heart pounding levels of adrenaline, but these features will also create excitement and uncertainty. We pulled aside Terry Spier, Lead Game Designer at Red Storm and Lead Game Designer Matthieu Delisle from Massive Entertainment to give us some juicy details. Let’s jump right in and find out what awaits us!

New Open World Activity

We are excited to introduce two new mission types to the Open World: Search and Destroy and High Value Target. They will “bring an all new form of activity into the open world that will make it much more interesting. It’s not only going to be fun exploring Manhattan and facing these new high level PVE challenges, but they will also be highly rewarding for level 30 Agents,” says Matthieu. The Search and Destroy missions can be found in the safe houses throughout Manhattan and are retrieved from the mission board once you have cleared all the content in that named zone. This mission type is catered for new level 30 agents and involves taking out various groups of level 30 enemies. Once this is complete you return to the safe house to receive Target Intel, a new currency that can be spent in order to gain access to High Value Target missions. Additionally, you can interact with the safe house mission boards as many times as you would like, however “there is an incentive to go to different named zones through the Critical Search and Destroy system” explained Matthieu. One named zone at a time will be marked as critical and should you complete the Search and Destroy missions in that zone you will receive additional Target Intel. Once it has been dealt with a new zone will be marked as critical and you can either eliminate the threats there or see what High Value Targets await you.

[05-19-2016] High-Value Targets

High Value Targets open the doors to some more difficult 30+ elite enemies but also some sweet rewards. You will find two new NPCs located in the Base of Operations that will provide 6 daily and 4 weekly missions that you can gain access to by spending Target Intel. The weekly missions will be more difficult and you may need to call upon the help of other agents to complete them. In addition some will be labeled as High Risk Targets. “These missions are similar to regular High Value Target ones, only more difficult and if you fail them you will have to rebuy it,” explains Matthieu. The higher the danger and risk, the better the potential High End and Gear Set rewards. Be ready for a challenge, they will put up a fight.

Yellow Bag of Temptation

Have you ever seen a loot bag dangle from that precious cable with no one in sight and wonder what amazing loot is sitting right in front of you? If you are ready to mark yourself as a Rogue that question will be answered soon with Hijack Extractions. Terry described that “we wanted to flesh out the extraction loop a little more and add more tension around the entire process. This also adds a completely new way for people to go Rogue that doesn’t involve firing upon another Division Agent.” Once the loot has been secured to the helicopter rope another player can approach it and spill the potential loot piñata all over the ground. This means that “there is no more attach and run, players will now need to protect their contaminated bag until the helicopter leaves!”. The process isn’t instant however, once interacting with the bag you will not only be marked Rogue right away, it also takes time to cut the rope and being shot at will slow it down drastically. However, once you complete the interaction all the loot attached to that rope will drop onto the group. The potential reward is high but it also leaves you extremely vulnerable, thieves beware!

[05-19-2016] Hijack Extraction

“There are two sides of the coin that need to be considered” says Terry. Hijack extractions are going to change the patterns and behaviors some players have learned since the game was released. Just walking up to an extraction will cause even more tension between Agents. Some smart Agents may try to expose curious Rogues by attaching some less than favorable loot to the rope to see who comes to take it. Make sure your trigger finger is ready, but not too itchy. If you shoot too early you will yourself in a situation you didn’t plan for. Needless to say “this changes everything and we can’t wait to see the awesome social interactions players will have around extractions,” stated Terry.

What’s in the Box?

Mystery. Surprises. Rewards. If this is something you strive for, Sealed Caches is just the thing for you! “The feature is simple but potent. NPC’s will drop Sealed Caches that you will have to extract in order to open it up, making them a bit of a mystery!” explains Terry. Once the Sealed Cache is safely in your stash you can interact with it which will reveal a list of items that will be distributed into the correct inventory slots. These items can also be traded under the normal trading rules.

Like the rest of the loot in the game they will also be found in a variety of quality, Specialized, Superior, High-End, and Gear Set, which will of course affect the items found inside. The quality of the loot inside reflects the difficulty of the NPC’s it dropped from and is also indicated on the range of crafting materials and Dark Zone credits displayed in the UI. From Dark Zone credits, gear equipment, crafting materials, “it’s like opening a birthday present, you never know what’s inside until it’s unwrapped!” says Terry.

[05-19-2016] Sealed Cache

Similar to Hijack extraction, Sealed Cache add more to the extraction loop and give you another choice when deciding what you want to extract. Do you go for the item you are sure about or do you try your luck with the Sealed Cache. Some players will be driven by “the mystery, potential for awesome loot, and the overall joy of opening it in itself. This will make them too good to pass up on” explains Terry.

The addition of these new features will add more diverse activities to the Open World, additional gameplay options, and a new layer of tension to the Dark Zone. We are super excited and can’t wait to put them in your hands!

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Until next time!

—The Division Dev Team