The Division was much hyped on release, but player numbers dwindled rapidly and Steam reviews were not kind. Now there are signs that Massive has turned the corner.
The main criticisms levelled at The Division are that the enemies are nothing more than bullet sponges, and the end game is a hollow grind. The snow-swept streets of New York were beautifully recreated and the premise was brilliant, but I can see why so many players chose to walk away. After all, I was one of them.
But, The Division has shown a significant turnaround since the release of the 1.4 patch and the Survival DLC expansion earlier this month. Massive Entertainment has confirmed that the number of players is back up to those at launch, which is no mean feat considering there are at least 9.5 million registered The Division players.
Steam reviews show a dramatic improvement following the release of the 1.4 patch and Survival DLC. While the overall reviews remain “Mixed” with only 56% positive reviews, reviews in the last 30 days were 82% positive and classed by Steam as being “Very Positive.”
It is safe to say that the 1.4 patch has finally balanced the core gameplay, while the Survival DLC has added enough post-game content to give players a reason to jump back into the fight on the Big Apple’s frosty streets.
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