If you were referring to me about the sheild, then nah bro you just needed a maxed out classified gear set, and weapons maxed, dont need to be exotics (not sure where you got this from), nor any shop items. But a max loadout. I only have my Lightweight M4 and The House maxed (and pistol), and my Striker set maxed. The sheild popped as soon as I got into the game, didn't even have my full gear on at the time i noticed. Funny thing is I opened the Sheild Cache, and it gave me the exotic i needed (Thomson M1928) for the other sheild, so got that too. So finished Tier 3, and thats all I wanted as Tier 4 was impossible to finish with that 3000 Commendation score shield imo.
Played a bit of the Open Beta last night (didnt play on sat/sun unfortunately), only 1 main mission actually, even in that mission I had 2 people clipping through walls, and quest markers bugging out on the final boss (marker stayed on the boss and never progressed to the next 2-3 things - had to do them manually.)
Overall it looks good, graphically its improved, gameplay was a bit same same (which isnt a bad thing), not sure Im a fan of some of the UI menu changes but its just different and you'dget used to it in time.
I'll be skipping it initially as I burnt out on it playing hard this time last year, and played it throughout the year, definitely my 2018 most played game was Division 1. I'll give it some time to improve and get myself freshened up by playing other things for awhile. Might pick it up on special later in the year, as well as Anthem (which needs alot of improvement for me to pick it up though).