The developers of Tom Clancy’s The Division 2 have brought back the Public Test Server (PTS). This will hopefully give all players a successful and bug-free launch of the upcoming Title Update 10 due out in a few weeks. Here’s everything you need to know about what the PTS is, how it works, and what to expect once you’re in.
What is a Public Test Server?
Think of a PTS as an alternate dimension for The Division 2. Your character is the same, the gameplay is essentially the same, but you are in your own little world where upcoming changes to the larger game can be tested in a closed environment. This way, players can try out new things, and developers can see where any pain points are with a smaller player base.
Players generally go into a PTS knowing that not everything will be perfect. Agents are told to expect bugs, expect weird interactions, maybe expect some new things to be either too strong or too weak. A PTS is entirely about data collection thanks to the help of a small group of more dedicated players. The hope is that with the bugs worked out in the PTS, the larger population will have a better time with the full release of the new Title Update 10.
How Do You Get Into the PTS?
The Division 2 Public Test Server is an entire game client in and of itself that is available to all PC players. That means that PC launchers like the UPlay platform and the Epic Games store will treat it like a new, seperate game. The PTS should appear in your “Owned” games section on these platforms and you’ll have to download it from there. Expect a hefty download size since it’s basically the whole game downloading again in addition to the actual Division 2 game itself.
If you are a console player, we’ve got some bad news. Public Test Servers for The Division 2 are not available to either Xbox or PS4 Agents. The reason this is the case is that these consoles have specific certification processes that must be cleared for every game that they put on their store. Since Massive wants to iterate quickly on the PTS, they need to be able to make changes at the drop of a hat, and that’s just not possible on consoles.
What Is Different About The PTS?
Massive stated earlier this week on their weekly State of the Game stream that players will see multiple rounds of changes throughout the PTS. For this first round, some huge changes have been made to player power, loot generosity, and gear. Many weapons, including every Assault Rifle and every SubMachine Gun, have been buffed. Many Rifles, LMGs, and Marksman’s Rifles have been buffed as well. Only a few weapons have been nerfed to bring them more in line with other weapons. Sorry M1A users, the time has come.
The PTS will also showcase changes to enemy density in a large number of missions which will likely make life a bit easier for players. Agents that own the Warlords of New York expansion will also see new projects available. These new projects include a weekly material bounty for an Exotic Cache as well as a weekly Legendary Mission project that can also reward Exotics. WONY exotics like Bullet King and Lady Death have also now been added to the world loot pool so they can be found in Targeted Loot and these new caches as well.
Is There Any New Gear?
Players on the PTS will also be able to try out new Gear Sets and Exotics! There will be a special vendor where players can simply buy these items to try them out. These gear sets include Eclipse Protocol which makes all status effects spread to nearby enemies (like Pestilence), Foundry Bulwark which greatly buffs the viability of the shield skill and tanking in general, and Future Initiative which is an awesome new set focused on making Healers more powerful.
New exotics include the Mantis MMR which gives you a huge damage buff for headshots and synergizes well with the new Decoy skill, the Vile mask adds damage to all status effects, and two raid-specific exotic weapons including a new double barreled shotgun called The Ravenous and a powerful new high-damage revolver named Regulus.
Finally a new brand has been added to the game as well: Walker, Harris & Co. It provides players with Weapon Damage, Damage to Armor, and Damage to Health. Basically the perfect DPS set to focus on for future Red builds. This set will appear in the Targeted Loot rotation in New York along with the other new sets added with the WONY expansion.
Check Out the Changes!
This is an excellent opportunity to try out what’s coming next for The Division 2. We haven’t seen a PTS in months so it’s great that players are once again getting a chance to provide meaningful feedback about how they like or don’t like new changes. There are MANY more changes outside of those listed above so make sure you check out the full PTS patch notes on the Ubisoft Forums. As an Xbox player myself, I’ll have to keep a close eye on the notes and provide feedback from there. We’ll keep you updated as more changes come in future rounds of the PTS. Exotic weapons are apparently being addressed in round 2, for example. Until then, keep sending us your best clips from the Dark Zone here at Clutch.Win!