The Nightmare that is (likely) The Division’s Incursion Mode
I’ve been keeping an eye on tweets about Incursions, The Division’s new game update out today. And what I’ve been hearing is horrendous… such as:
People not even being able to enter the mission. When entering, some players are getting teleported back to the start of the mission—back to a reloading screen—on an endless loop.
I’ve been reading about players getting to say, wave 10 out of 15 and then their whole team gets disconnected with a Delta or Mike error and they’ve just wasted the last hour.
There’s an issue where if the leader of the party has already beaten the Incursion for that week, then YOU don’t get your weekly bonus drop even if it’s your first time. It’s based on the team/party leader. So that’s a very shit-outta-luck-esque feature that makes no sense.
I’ve read about people having their characters being deleted after a disconnect. (Several threads are appearing on Reddit about this).
I’ve been reading about people getting booted from groups at the beginning, shortly after matchmaking—probably because their gear scores are too low. I sort of understand this for Incursions. But I feel bad for noobs trying to get some regular challenge modes in, and they can’t because it’s obvious they’re undergeared with the ever-transparent new gear score system.
I’ve also read some cheese tactics. For example, if you drop a turret, the APC will shoot it instead of you, except the turret won’t take any damage.
I read something about being able to cheese the Incursion mission on wave 4 or 5, by damaging the APC with your regular weapon damage (stacking it with other abilities). But this is still up in the air if it actually works, or if it was ninja-patched.
At the end of the day, all of the things I have read about the Incursions update sound problematic. Oh, I didn’t even mention that the whole thing takes place in one room. With minimal mechanics. Even less variation than a challenge mission. It’s a horde mode, essentially.
All I can say it this will drive people back to Destiny. But then at the same time, I also read that the new content in Destiny is minimal. It might seem like a lot on the surface, but scratch that surface with a few dedicated days/evenings of playing, and you’ll probably do most everything there is to do in the April update. Again, this is all from things I have read and have yet to experience first hand. (I am prepared for the worst). But I have to say, it’s been sort of an endless string of jarringly bad things I’ve been reading on the interwebs today, all about these two highly anticipated update drops. Ubifail.