Changes coming to The Division 2 with Title Update 8.5

Title Update 8.5

The team at The Division 2 have provided insight into the upcoming changes, and big fixes, that are currently being worked on for roll out with Title Update 8.5 in April.

Keeping in mind that the dev team have advised that most of the team is currently working from home due to social distancing rules for COVID-19, they state that they are doing their best to get these issues addressed quickly but can only do so much given the current circumstances.

For those of you experiencing issues with a full map of Green Control Points, a fix is currently being worked on. A gameplay change enabling you to reset your control points by changing your global settings is in the works.


Further balance changes are also being worked on, with the following proposed for Title Update 8.5:

  • NPCs
    • BTSU Support Station
      • Reducing tick rate of Support Station healing.
      • Elite Support Stations will only provide overheal once per NPC.
      • Capping the heal amount a NPC can receive from the Support Station.
    • Warhounds
      • Increasing intention icon duration to allow players more time to react to the windup
      • Reducing the 360 spin from Warhound Minigun to 2 spins (down from 3)
      • Increasing windup warning of triple shoot of Warhound Grenadier.
      • Increasing after shoot delay of triple shoot of Warhound Grenadier.
      • Slightly increasing the cooldown of moving shoot of Warhound Grenadier.
    • Tank archetype reaction to Hive / Turret
      • Adding more distance checks so Tanks don’t rush at a hive next to a player.
      • Reducing threat limit so Tanks don’t switch targets too suddenly.
    • Outcast Incendiary / Molotov
      • Reducing duration and tick damage slightly.
      • Developer comment: Grenades were very strong compared to other factions’ grenades and this will bring them closer in line.
    • Pentagon Bosses
      • Reducing Drone Helicopter health and damage.
      • Slightly reduce health and armor for Brenner.
      • Reducing Brenner’s mortar damage.
      • Decreasing armor of John ‘Architect” Figgs.
    • Mortars
      • Reducing damage of mortars in Coney Island.
      • Increase delay between UI warning and explosion damage of mortars in the Washington National Zoo.
      • Fixing general damage scaling issues with mortars.
  • Skills
    • Assault Turret
      • Improving auto-targeting of Assault Turret to better prioritize NPCs it can shoot, and which are close to it.
    • Assault Drone
      • Improving behavior to prevent the Drone from becoming stuck.
      • Improving the consistency of firing and pathing.
  • Poison Status Effect
    • Reducing tick interval, damage and duration.
    • Developer comment: Event with the damage reduction to enemy NPCs poison continues to be extremely strong, this nerf will alleviate this further.

Along with balance changes, a variety of bug fixes are also on the list, with the following long over due but very, very welcomed:

  • Fixing an issue causing graphic issues and crashes on PC due to corrupted shader cache files.
  • Fixing an issue causing the loss of the “Striker’s Gamble” stacks or not being able to acquire them.
  • Fixing an issue causing agents to be unable to revive team mates.
  • Fixing an issue causing the League UI to completely reset.
    • The League challenges will still reset for week two which will allow players to continue their progress


A variety of exotic items and talents are also getting an overhaul, with a variety of buffs and reworked talents to increase their appeal:

  • Sawyer’s Kneepads – Reworked
    • Cannot be staggered by explosions.
    • Increase total weapon damage by 3% each second you are not moving. Stacks up to 10x and stacks are lost when moving.
    • This exotic only provides defensive attributes and no brand bonus, so now has potential for high damage and makes it appealing to both red and blue builds.
      Developer comment: The old version didn’t provide enough engaging gameplay; this change should help with that.
  • Imperial Dynasty – Buff
    • Reduced cooldown to 35s (down from 40)
      Developer comment: This buff is to better compensate for the lack of brand bonus.
  • Dodge City Gunslinger
    • Reduced charge up time 30s (from 50s)
      Developer comment: This buff is to better compensate for the lack of brand bonus.
  • Diamondback – Reworked
    • Now Grants all shots guaranteed crits for 5s after hitting a mark.
      Developer comment: The Diamondback is underperforming, and this change should make the bonus a bit more exciting.
  • Merciless/Ruthless – Buff
    • Explosion damage increased to 1200% (up from 900%)
  • Tag Team – Reworked
    • The last enemy you have damaged with a skill is marked.
    • Dealing weapon damage to that enemy consumes the mark to reduce active cooldowns by 6s.
    • Cooldown: 4s
    • Does not consume mark if no skill is on cooldown.
  • Reassigned – Buff
    • Killing an enemy adds 1 round of a random special ammo into your sidearm.
    • Reduced cooldown to 15s (down from 20s).
  • Tamper Proof – Reworked
    • Enemies that walk within 3m of your hive, turret, or remote pulse are shocked.
    • Arm time: 2s.
    • Increased cooldown per skill to 10s (up from 5s).
      Developer comment: Even though we are adjusting NPCs not rushing towards skills as much this talent gives players the ability to be more lenient when placing their skills to gain the effect, without turning themselves into a grenade.
  • Empathic Resolve – Buff
    • Repairing an ally, increases their total weapon and skill damage by 3-15% for 20s (up from 10s). 1-7% if self.
      Developer comment: Currently it is difficult to keep a high uptime in 4-man content as non-tank players try to be as safe as possible and NPCs have higher lethality, so chip damage is less frequent. This also buff is also meant to make Empathic Resolve able to better compete versus the True Patriot debuffs.
  • Creeping Death
    • When you apply a status effect, it is also applied to all enemies within 8m (up from 5m) of your target.
    • Reduced cooldown to 15s (down from 20s).


The dev team have also noted that they plan on an additional update sometime in April however, they may have to change the roll out date due to productivity constraints.

Stand by for more news….

In the meantime, looking for some help with your builds or understanding the changes made with Title Update 8? Here are a few links that will assist you:

Warlords of New York released on March 2nd and is an expansion to the base game – Tom Clancy’s: The Division 2.