While PC players beat The Division 2's new raid in about five hours, console players had been struggling with it for the last week. Over the weekend, teams gradually started to clear it, but the general response still seems to be that the raid could use some tweaking, an idea one Ubisoft rep says it's open to considering.
Console players have been having a tough time with the raid, citing frame rate and aiming issues roadblocking them in major encounters. While the behemoth has been toppled, it still seems infeasible for many players, especially casual ones. The first PlayStation 4 clear took a whopping 36 hours, albeit with a five-hour break and some technical difficulties due to "Delta" server errors.
That's thankfully not the benchmark, as another clear hit 19 hours and players are slowly whittling that down. On the Xbox side of things, a team has it down to 17 hours and more improvements are being made. It's still a far cry from PC however, where the raid has been knocked down to under half an hour for completion.
In a Reddit thread about the 36-hour PlayStation 4 clear, Ubisoft community manager Johan Lindholm congratulated the team and responded to one player's comment about "no normal player" ever being able to clear it.
"The raid is very much designed to be the toughest challenge yet in the history of the franchise. It is built around the idea of a well-coordinated team with good communications," wrote Lindholm. "That said, raid difficulty is certainly feedback that we have been looking at since the release of Dark Hours, and it is not outside the realm of possibility that tweaks will be made moving forward."
In the meantime, console players will have to be patient and work together, and maybe plan some longer breaks. If you want to beat the raid in its current state on consoles, you should know that you're signing up for a longer sit than you might expect. Check out what all you'll need, including gear score and number of friends, in our Operation Dark Hours guide.