The Division’s Underground DLC Fully Unveiled In Developer Q&A
During Ubisoft's E3 Press Conference we got the first look at the second paid DLC for The Division, Survival.
However, the Underground DLC will come first releasing on Xbox One and PC on June 28, while PlayStation 4 users will have to wait for August 2. On the Ubisoft press site we found a lot more information on the Underground DLC for The Division, including a fact sheet and a developer Q&A.
The randomized elements are clearly the core of this DLC, though there's a lot more as you can read below.
During the Dark Winter crisis, there is a new tide of chaos rising from the underworld of New York City. In this first paid expansion, Underground, dive into the underbelly of New York with up to three friends to save what remains. Explore the randomly generated mazes of subways, tunnels, and sewers to fight deadly enemies and recover powerful loot. Experience an all-new incursion and find the latest weapons, gear and more. Ubisoft will also be simultaneously releasing a free update made available to all purchases of the base game that will include more challenge mode missions and a new level of difficulty for main missions and incursions, the heroic mode.
NEW UNDERGROUND MODE An Underground war rages in the claustrophobic confines of New York’s underbelly! Explore the randomly generated mazes of subways, tunnels and sewers to fight deadly enemies and recover powerful loot. Push yourself and your team further down into never ending and unpredictable end-game content New challenges, new progression and new rewards await beneath the streets of New York. The Underground environment will test players’ combat skills in new ways.
NEW INCURSION: DRAGON’S NEST The biggest incursion to-date takes place in Hell’s Kitchen. Cleaners have been working on the ultimate weapon to cleanse the streets of New York, regardless of civilian presence. Their plans will affect the Base of Operations if not stopped.
NEW FREE HEROIC MODE Beat Falcon’s Lost and Clear Sky in the hardest challenge yet in the Division. And for those who have bought Underground, Dragon’s Nest will also be available in this mode.
NEW CHALLENGE MODE MISSIONS AND ITEMS Experience Hudson Yard and Queen’s Tunnel in challenge mode, for better rewards. This expansion also comes with new gear sets and weapon types.
Q&A - 1. What new environment are players able to explore in the Underground DLC?
Underground takes place deep in the underbelly of Manhattan New York, in the maze that exists beneath its streets: sewer networks, derelict facilities, tunnels, flooded stations and collapsed infrastructures.
2. How do you play once you enter the Underground game mode? Can you tell us more about the different types of operations?
Players enter the Underground through the Underground Tactical Operation Center, a DLCspecific extension to the Base of Operations. Each operation is unique and borrows from the formula of randomly generated dungeons. The challenges feature unique combinations of environments, hazards, enemies, reward placements, and offers maximum re-playability.
3. What kind of enemies and threats will agents face in the underworld?
The enemies that appear in Underground are the same as those featured in the main game. The changes come from the unpredictability of their composition and the various configurations in which they appear. Players need to be prepared as they won’t know who or what they are going to come up against.
4. It seems that the environment feels even more hostile and darker than what we have seen so far in The Division. Why did you choose to go with such an atmosphere?
Going ‘below the surface’ naturally called for a darker, more claustrophobic and hostile ambiance. Enclosed spaces mean the danger feels more immediate, the hazards are harder to ignore and the battles are more visceral. With these combined, Underground will offer an intense, varied and exciting feel for players to enjoy.
5. Can you tell us more about the “Dragon’s Nest” Incursion and its backstory?
In Dragon’s Nest, players go to Hell’s Kitchen to deal with a group of Cleaners. They have been working on a new type of weapon, that if deployed would wreak havoc on the streets of Manhattan. Players have to breach the facility they are working in, fight their way through flames and smoke until they finally reach the Dragon’s nest.
6. What are the new items introduced with this update?
We are introducing new gear sets, more high-end weapons and all new weapon types.
7. Can we expect regular content to be added to Underground?
Underground is an extension of The Division world that players will be able to access and replay. Updates, balancing and various adjustments are to be expected