The Division is getting an open beta (with new content) next week

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The Division Open Beta confirmed

The Division launched a short, closed beta earlier late last month, and it did a lot to sell me on some of the game’s ideas while also raising questions about some of its shortcomings. In general though, I was addicted to The Division while it was live, but many very interested players never got the chance. Access into the closed beta required either a pre-order or the luck of the Ubisoft sweepstakes, which meant a good chunk of people missed out.

That’s changing next week when Ubisoft kicks off the Open Beta for The Division, which is good news for new and returning players.

First things first, the beta will include all the content that was in the closed beta. That means you’ll get some story missions, side questions, encounters and , my favourite part, The Dark Zone. The map is still only a sliver of what will be open at launch, but it does a good job on selling you on the scope of New York and how meticulously its been recreated. It will also make you super thankful that sprinting is unlimited. Seriously.

Even better though is news that Ubisoft will be including a brand new story mission in the open beta too, which gives returning players incentive to populate the games servers again. Of course none of your progress will carry over into the final game, but Ubisoft are promising an in-game reward for participants. So if it’s a silly hat, expect everyone in the Dark Zone to be rocking that during launch week.

The Open Beta kicks off on Xbox One first (again) on February 18th, with PS4 and PC opening up on the 19th. It’ll last until the 21st, when the servers will go dark ahead of the game’s release on March 8th.

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Last Updated: February 10, 2016

Alessandro Barbosa

You can all call me Sandy until I figure out how to edit this thing, which is probably never. Sandy not good enough? Call me xXx_J0k3R_360degreeN0Sc0pe_xXx. Also, Geoff’s a bastard.

  • Alien Emperor Trevor

    Hmm. Should I, Shouldn’t I.

    • Umar

      Nothing to lose

      • Greylingad[CNFRMD]

        Except for a few tons of data…

        • VampyreSquirrel

          Last beta’s download was only 28GB 😛

          This one should be the same.

          • Greylingad[CNFRMD]

            What!? Only 28GB, let’s see, that’s twintysir… plus ….. many maths, plus another one of those… R1797 in CellC 10GB vouchers…. for a Beta…

          • VampyreSquirrel

            You should go to Telkom Mobile… would cost you about R1300 😛

          • Greylingad[CNFRMD]

            The scary part about that is that it’s literally twice the price of the game…it makes me sad… I’ll play Ori instead…

          • VampyreSquirrel

            I’m downloading Ori tonight, I can’t wait to get into it.

          • Greylingad[CNFRMD]

            I am also quite excited about Ori, having it be on special doesn’t help my backlog either….

          • VampyreSquirrel

            Very true. I’m hoping I can use the Beta data to install the game… or I’ll need to find someone with the PC data and take an external there.

          • Greylingad[CNFRMD]

            Yep!! I am going to go the retail disk route, the digital download thing is costing me a fortune, a kidney, a toe and a slightly used but totally workable wisdom tooth…

          • Trevor James

            Yes you will be able to. A small update will be all.

          • Trevor James

            No need to download again. Ubisoft confirmed closed beta will have a small update..

          • Trevor James

            No need to download again. Ubisoft confirmed closed beta will have a small update.

      • Alien Emperor Trevor

        Just the answer I’d expect from a masochist DARK SOULS FAN. 😀

  • Umar

    NICE! Time to see if I should buy this game or not.

  • Hammersteyn

    But I already deleted the Beta, because of lack of content 🙁

  • VampyreSquirrel

    I’ll be there!

  • Fnuik

    Can you pre download the beta?

    • Trevor James

      Yes on the 16th.

  • Jonah Cash

    Last chance to see if I want this on my PC or on my PS4. It is pretty on the PC on Ultra… And it is not like @hammersteyn:disqus will invite me for a game night on PS4 anyway because I don’t have Whatsapp and no one uses sms anymore…

  • Thenasd1

    closed BETA was epic cant wait to hook up with french in game buddies once again to take on the streets.

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