After teasing that the next major title update for The Division 2 will include a fourth specialization for the endgame, Ubisoft has revealed the Gunner.
Ubisoft has officially begun testing Title Update 4 for Tom Clancy’s The Division 2. The next major update is still presumably a long ways out, but in-depth testing is key to avoid major game-breaking bugs. With that in mind, those with Uplay on PC are now able to dive in and check out some of the changes and additions coming with Title Update 4, including the newly revealed specialization.
As previously teased, Title Update 4 will introduce The Division 2‘s fourth specialization for the endgame. Joining the fight to restore order will be the Gunner.
The Gunner specialization comes with a powerful Minigun and a focus on “sustained damage output and damage resilience.”
The Gunner has a unique mechanic in which they receive bonus armor based on the amount of Specialization ammunition they are carrying. This allows them to either tank incoming damage or suppress enemies with unrelenting fire.
The introduction of the Gunner seemingly addresses one of The Division 2‘s biggest issues – a lack of build diversity. Ubisoft has previously acknowledged that Skill builds and Tank builds, in particular, are underwhelming. While Skill builds could be adjusted relatively easily, the problems surrounding Tank builds stem much deeper – to the overall design of the game and its combat mechanics.
The issue with Tank builds in The Division 2 is that a good offense in combat leads to a good defense. By melting down enemies before they can deal damage, you effectively are a tank without soaking damage. It’s an odd balance game that the Gunner seems to naturally address with its mechanic.
While the Minigun is used to suppress enemies, the Gunner has a pair of skill abilities to make enemies vulnerable. The Banshee Signature Skill “ignores cover and causes its targets to become confused.” When in the open, the special Riot Foam grenade can trap them in place, allowing for your teammates to whittle down their health. And, of course, the Gunner comes with its own skill tree and the P3230 XCompact sidearm.
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So how do you unlock the Gunner on the PTS or when Title Update 4 officially releases?
If you have the Year 1 Pass, you’ll have instant access to the Gunner specialization, no additional work required. However, if you have purchased the pass, you’ll need to complete the Special Field Research: five stages of in-game challenges that come with their own objectives and rewards. If you own the Year 1 Pass and are simply looking for more content, you’ll still be able to pick up the Special Field Research to earn the cosmetic rewards.
In addition to the Gunner, Title Update 4 will come with a slew of bug fixes, UI improvements and balance adjustments. There’s a running list of what’s currently being tested for the upcoming update over on The Division 2 subreddit.