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State of the Game: April 19th, 2018

04/19/2018 12:00 PM

Agents, incoming State of the Game transmission:

During the last State of the Game, Community Developers Hamish Bode and Yannick Banchereau discussed the launch of Update 1.8.1, as well as a return of Stats with Yannick with some impressive numbers from the past month’s Global Events and a look into some Legendary Missions statistics.

This week, Petter is joined by Senior Design Lead Paul Turland and Designer James Norris from Ubisoft Leamington to discuss the recent update and the upcoming Global Event Blackout as well as showcase more excellent entries to the #EmojiAgent challenge.

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During today’s maintenance we deployed a server-side hotfix that fixed a couple of issues identified since the launch of Update 1.8.1.

  • Removed vendor exotics from the Underground named bosses loot pool.
  • Fixed legendary weapon skins not showing up correctly in mission reward previews.

Global Event Blackout will start on Monday April 23rd and will run until April 30th. During this event, you will be able to get your hands on the Classified versions of the DeadEYE, D3-FNC, Striker’s Battlegear & Tactician’s Authority gear sets as well obtain these new vanity masks for your agent.

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  • Blackout - Always active. Agents are equipped with Shock Ammo that stuns enemies. Shooting or running builds your Charge meter. The more Charge, the more damage you inflict.
  • Extreme Blackout - Blackout behavior, plus you can instantly kill enemies with Overcharged melee attacks, but if you miss you will stun yourself and your allies.
  • Total Blackout - Extreme Blackout behavior, plus your Charge meter will cool down faster when close to other group members.

Make sure to check out the VoD as Designers Paul Turland & James Norris for a developer's perspective on the philosophy that went into the creation of Blackout.

We have shown a lot of great entries to the #EmojiAgent challenge in the past few weeks and they just keep coming! @Baundiesel shared his take on the Sneeze emote with us. Bless you, Baun!

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@cfgamble really nailed absolutely everything in this picture, even the background matches up. Excellent work, agent!

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@bicycleofdeath has his eyes on you. You better not go rogue, agent!

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We also had a couple of Massive employees submit their entries. First we have Uplay programmer @olafurw saying hello to the community.

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@Dinusty, an Environment Artist at Massive went all in with his entry. Out of all emotes that could have been done, he went with the backflip! That’s some serious dedication, agent!

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Finally, we have this awesome still of @miniKenga111 from her stage performance with @goosecosplay1. The cosplay is really spot on, even down to the smallest details.

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If you haven’t seen their stage performance, make sure to check it out on YouTube.

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Stay tuned to future State of the Game streams for information on upcoming Global Events as well as additional information on Update 1.8.2 as we move closer to its planned June release.

As always, be sure to join us over on the Official Forums or on the community Reddit if you’re looking for a place to discuss all things related to The Division.

Until next time!

The Division Dev Team

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