It’s no secret that I’m a big fan of The Division, I’ve been consistently writing about it since release and have sunk five days into the game. It’s also no secret that the shit has well and truly hit the fan with the latest 1.1 patch, which introduced some very exploitable end game content.
By using the mobile cover glitch players have been able to break into the Falcon Lost Incursion area and take out the boss with sticky bombs before he can go aggro on them. This results in a viable way to farm gear set items in mere hours, something which should take weeks.
The Falcon Lost incursion is tough, I’ve done it the proper way and the exploitable way, and I can safely say that given a choice I’d pick the exploitable way every single time. The game is fundamentally broken in a lot of respects, when on a legit play through I once combat rolled straight through a wall and couldn’t get out, this caused my team to fail. On other runs we’ve had the reload glitch, where our guns suddenly stop being able to reload, and the revival glitch, where the medical wing special doesn’t revive anyone, again these have caused us to get killed and fail. Falcon Lost also suffers from some disgusting frame rate issues during the latter waves, making it unplayable for some. So why would players not use the game’s broken mechanics for their benefit every once in a while?
Yes, I know it’s not the right way to do it, but it’s not like the right way is perfect. Falcon Lost has since been fixed, so that exploit is now history, but the thing is, the game is still exploitable as fuck, and there are new ways to break the ever loving shit out of it coming out every day. Just yesterday I shared a video on how to farm Police Academy after it was supposedly fixed.
People wouldn’t have to do these exploits if the loot system worked properly. There is now an emphasis on acquiring gear through drops, but the thing is, that is so time intensive and random that there really isn’t much incentive to do so. In the Dark Zone someone I was playing with got two gear set items drop back to back. I’ve played four or five hours more than him in the DZ since the patch and have only ever gotten terrible guns and countless performance mods. To boot the new supply drops in the DZ are straight up awful. They were advertised as a tough challenge that would reward players with great gear for their troubles. Out of the four I have claimed every single one has had two purple items in the crate, and every single one I’ve had to fight like a mad man to claim. So, why would I bother doing this for some crappy loot when I know there is a better way?
I feel bad that there are people out there playing the proper way, and that they are now behind, but it’s not really my problem. Ubisoft have been beating their chests and threatening to punish players who exploit. In a post on Ubisoft’s forum, Community Manager Natchai Stappers said “we are working on fixing the exploit. Obviously it is against our Code of Conduct and the team is looking into what can be done in terms of punishment for those who have exploited. If you want to review our Code of Conduct: http://forums.ubi.com/showthread.php…ode-of-Conduct”
I get why they would want to punish people, but it’s kind of a weird thing to do considering this hasn’t been a case of people hacking the game. Players are using the tools laid out for them to accomplish this, the real reaction should be “our bad, we’ll fix this buggy mess,” not “fuck you for taking advantage of our sloppy game.” At best I think the response to exploiters will be a strongly worded warning against their play style with the threat of future bans. It’s not like people read the code of conduct and know breaking a broken game is forbidden.
It’ll be interesting to see how this situation plays out, but it has well and truly given The Division a reputation for being exploitable. A lot of people, myself included, actually find exploiting the game fun. It’s the closest I’ll ever get to being an outlaw in a relatively acceptable setting, and this form of grinding feels way more satisfying than playing legitimately, at least for the time being.