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Ubisoft delays The Division expansions to improve ‘core gameplay experience’

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Focus shifts to fixing “lingering issues” with the open-world game

Tom Clancy's The Division

Ubisoft is delaying upcoming expansions to Tom Clancy’s The Division to focus on improving the core gameplay and addressing "lingering issues that have accumulated" since the game’s release in March.

In a post on the game’s official website, The Division team detailed what’s coming in the game’s version 1.4 update this October. The update will include a number of bug fixes, game balance adjustments and other unspecified improvements. Update 1.4 will be released independently of The Division’s next expansion, Survival, which has been postponed until later this year. Previously, update 1.4 and Survival were going to be released in tandem.

"With Update 1.4 in the works, it has become clear with your feedback and our own observations that our priority should now be on improving the core gameplay experience," Ubisoft said in its post.

"it has become clear ... that our priority should now be on improving the core gameplay experience"

The Division’s third announced expansion, Last Stand, has also been pushed back to "early 2017." Originally, it was due at the end of 2016.

"This new schedule will not only enable us to strengthen the core experience before adding new content, but also continuously improve it by allowing for more production time to ensure the quality of future updates as well," the team said.

The Division’s three expansions are included as part of its $39.99 season pass, which Ubisoft announced in January.

With update 1.4 and beyond, The Division team says it plans to focus its efforts on fixing known issues, making loot drops more relevant, game balance, improving the solo player experience and quality of life additions based on community feedback.

Tom Clancy’s The Division launched in March on PlayStation 4, Windows PC and Xbox One to mostly positive reception. However, the game was plagued with bugs, exploits and patches that sometimes did more harm than good.