The Division 2's distressing skills bug has been fixed

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Ubisoft has patched a bug in The Division 2 that's been plaguing players since the weekend. Certain skills—that is, your abilities in the game, like turrets, or the robot bee-spitting hive—were vanishing after deployment, before replenishing in the player's inventory 15 seconds later. It was annoying enough that I mentioned it in my review (opens in new tab), and since I'm pretty deep into the endgame's World Tier 4, it was adding an extra layer of challenge to open world activities where I didn't really need any more hassle.

Yesterday, Massive dropped in on Reddit (opens in new tab) to explain that it's been solved, following another brief maintenance period. I've not tried the game since then, treating myself to a couple of days off after giving my every waking hour to the game for a week, but the player response seems positive. It's been clear all weekend that the developers are paying close attention to launch issues with The Division 2, of which there have been a few, from crashes to bugs preventing progress. Remaining issues with this side of the game will apparently be addressed later this week. 

After 50+ hours, according to the in-game clock, I'm still looking forward to sinking more of my precious remaining life into The Division 2. "A packed, rewarding, and frequently thrilling looter shooter that should have a bright future," was my verdict (opens in new tab)

Don't miss our guide to the Dark Zone (opens in new tab), if you're thinking of jumping in. 

Samuel Roberts
Former PC Gamer EIC Samuel has been writing about games since he was 18. He's a generalist, because life is surely about playing as many games as possible before you're put in the cold ground.