The Division 1.1 Update Notes Leaked, Global Illumination & Lighting Fixed

Alessio Palumbo
Posted 8 months ago

The preload for Tom Clancy’s The Division became available today and the notes for the first 1.1 Update have been leaked on Reddit. Particularly interesting is the fact that the fixes include “several lights that did not cast Global Illumination” and other lighting improvements; one of the main points of contention brought by the more tech savvy users was that Global Illumination seemed scaled back from the stunning reveal trailer of The Division at E3 2013.

We’ll have to see if these fixes are enough to restore the full graphical splendor of the game and if so, what’s their impact on performance. SLI/CrossFire support was also not working properly during the beta and to run the game at the glorious 4K resolution this will be very much needed; the notes mention “improved multi-GPU performance”, so fingers crossed.

You can read the full notes below. Ubisoft also shared a new trailer today, showcasing the additional content scheduled for release in the first year after the launch (pinned for March 8 on all platforms).

Tom Clancy’s The Division v1.1


Appearance Menu has received a complete overhaul:

  • Now displays as a Grid making it much easier to browse items
  • “Outfit Sets” option added to quickly equip all the items in a set
  • “Inspect” Feature added

Visual improvements:

  • Fixed several lights that did not cast global illumination
  • Fixed missing volumetric lights on Traffic Lights
  • Illuminated signs now cast actual light
  • Improved atmospheric haze in several Time and Weather combinations
  • Improved night time lighting and contrast
  • Tweaked exaggerated rimlight shader on characters
  • Improved car window reflections
  • Improved SSAO to be more pronounced
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Mega Map and Open World updates:

  • New “Mission Overview” has been added to the Mega Map
  • Contaminated Zones will now display the required filter level on the Mega Map
  • Field data with Audio will automatically play when you pick them up
  • If you start listening to Field Data with audio from the menu you can keep listening outside the menu
  • Added Subtitles for all Field Data that play audio
  • Mission Entrance menu usability has been improved
  • Significantly increased number of Crafting Materials obtained from Loot Crates


  • New “Help” Menu is now available in Settings Menu – it stores all the Loading Screen and Context Sensitive Tips
  • New Tutorials added for certain gameplay features and mechanics (these can be switched off in the Options Menu)
  • Skill Modifiers have been added directly to Gear (previously only available on Gear Mods)
  • Fixed an issue on Character Select that resulted in getting stuck with specific combination of inputs
  • Fixed a progression blocking issue caused by accepting a group invite at a specific moment during the Base of Operations unlock sequence
  • Players will no longer be returned all the way back to start screen after creating or logging in to their Ubisoft Club Account
  • Fixed remaining Bugs that prevented log-in when some non-essential services were offline
  • New Icon for Landmarks in the DarkZone, Icon now changes dynamically depending on if Non-Player Enemies are present or not
  • Added information to the in-game Loot Pickup UI to show why an item can’t be picked up
  • Improved multi-GPU performance
  • Fixed issue where you could get a white screen on start-up
  • Improved performance in Windowed mode
  • The Deployable Turret no longer targets non-rogue players and doesn’t damage neutral players caught in line of fire either
  • Overall stability increased – lots of Crash fixes!
  • Further backend improvements and optimizations
  • Many Localization adjustments and bug fixes
  • Additional minor bug fixes and polish!
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