The beta for Tom Clancy’s The Division will open for Xbox One on Thursday 28th at 9 am GMT / 4 am EST / 1 am PST, followed by PS4 and PC on Friday 29th at noon GMT / 7 am EST / 4 am PST. To play, you will need to have pre-ordered a copy of the game for your system of choice. There is, however, a way to beat the pre-order restriction. According to reporting by Eurogamer PS4 players can cancel their pre-order but retain access to the beta. I do not advocate for this shady sort of behaviour, but if it’s your thing, it’s technically possible. If you plan on checking it out, you should make sure to get some time off work, as it’s only available over the weekend.
The Division is looking to be a fantastic game with some original ideas for storytelling and multiplayer, but the lead-up to its beta launch hasn’t been free of controversy. Firstly, the game has been pushed back several times, a move that never endears gamers, but is often necessary considering the media conflagrations that follow broken releases. Moreover, much as with Watch Dogs (and most multi-platform titles), Ubisoft have come under fire for the stark difference in aesthetics from the announcement at E3 2013, through the end of its development cycle into 2015. You can see this ‘downgrade’ in graphical fidelity in the video below. Other games developers have received grief for this culture of using high-spec PCs to run their promo builds, consoles will get a downgraded version. We forgave CD Projekt RED for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, but time will tell whether we can forgive the huge difference seen in The Division.
Tom Clancy’s The Division is set to release on March 8th, 2016 for the Xbox One, Playstation 4, and Microsoft Windows.