The Division sets records with 6.4 million player strong beta

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The Division enjoys extremely popular beta

The Division might have had a closed beta a few weeks back that certainly helped generate a lot of buzz around Ubisoft’s open-world MMO, but it was the open beta that took place this last weekend that really gauged the interest of players and their willingness to explore a near-future New York. Ubisoft obviously used this time wisely to prepare for the upcoming launch, but also weren’t shy to express how massive the entire event actually was.

And why should they be, especially when 6.4 million people logged on to play The Division for a short slice of gameplay. And since Ubisoft is counting, that’s the biggest beta for a new IP in gaming history. Although since the idea of publically playable betas is new, this isn’t exactly too surprising.

Nevertheless Ubisoft is chuffed, and released some interesting player data alongside the massive figure. Apparently the average player spent around 5 hours dabbling in the open beta, which makes sense given the scarce content available. Surprisingly most players chose to spend most of their time in the PvP Dark Zone though, with over 50% of the average player time spent in the backstabbing, lawless sections of New York.

It also helps that the Dark Zone contains some of the best loot in the game, so there’s no lack of incentive.

Of all the people playing in the Dark Zone, only around 50% decided to spend most of their time Rogue. That’s important information, because it shows that there’s definitely a good balance between being greedy and cooperative already in play. I sensed that in the closed beta too, and I feel like Ubisoft has worked hard on making sure that both sides of the moral scale benefit players in different, but lucrative, ways.

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It’s what the Dark Zone is so fun, and also why a staggering 63 309 800 items of loot were extracted from zone during the beta. That’s a lot of yellow duffel bags.

With the beta concluded Ubisoft is now gearing up for launch, with The Division activating on March 8th for PC, Xbox One and PS4. I am, surprisingly, far more excited for it than I was a few months ago.

Last Updated: February 23, 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.

  • VampyreSquirrel

    This is seriously impressive. They got more people into a beta over a weekend than WoW has subscribers 😛

    • Commander Admiral Chief

      xD

    • Ir0nseraph

      LoL

      • Dresden

        I think LoL has more players 😛

  • Commander Admiral Chief

    So explain something to me, when you extract this ‘ere loot, right, is it shared in your squad, or is it only your loot?

    • Your own loot, but if you kill someone else they drop their loot for you to pick up

  • Hammersteyn

    I dunno about this game, seems it’s all about the Dark Zone and little else.

    • Captain JJ the “saviour”

      Yea. It hasn’t really grabbed me either.

    • Commander Admiral Chief

      Yeah, I’m in agreement there, that 50% WILL degenerate into 99% with time. People are idiots

      • Greylingad[CNFRMD]

        *a**holes… fixed

        • Hammersteyn

          gassholes?
          bassholes?
          passholes?

          • Greylingad[CNFRMD]

            HAHA!! any of those!

          • Commander Admiral Chief

            Passhole, lolz.

            When I eat too much chili, my passhole is burned white

    • VampyreSquirrel

      They put a lot of emphasis on the dark zone for the beta, and only gave us 2 SP missions to play. I feel that they should have given us a little more on the SP side.

      The SP is going to be solid, but like many games, the PvP areas are going to be saturated with douche bags like @ottokie:disqus, his cousin, and I.

      • I needed a hat mmmmmk

        • VampyreSquirrel

          You got one… and then lost it

    • Ir0nseraph

      The Dark Zone is a big part, but the game line up for co-op is looking slim for a while so I will still be grabbing it.

    • K1FF J1MB0B (sizzle edition)

      Agreed.. looks pretty generic to me.

  • Loftus The Primal BeastMaster

    Destiny, Division, looks like if you make a shooting game and you want to make big bucks give it a D starting name. Coming soon DESTABILIZE to your nearest coup d’etat

    • Hammersteyn

      Like DOOM?

      • Captain JJ the “saviour”

        Doll of Duty
        Dattlefield
        oh my glob, he’s right! 😛

        • Loftus The Primal BeastMaster

          You are forgetting Detal Dear Dolid V: The Phantom Pain

          • Captain JJ the “saviour”

            LOL

        • Hammersteyn

          XD

      • Alien Emperor Trevor

        Duke Nukem!

  • Alien Emperor Trevor

    I saw the open beta ad on Steam as was like… meh. Got better things to do with my time than spending a day downloading it to try.

    • VampyreSquirrel

      Like not calling Otto so you could get the files from him? XD

      • Alien Emperor Trevor

        I… never thought of that. :/

  • Guava_Eater

    Was enough to convince me to place my pre-order. Day 1 I played maybe an hour and hated it. Day 2 I went back after some convincing from a few buddies and played another 6 or 7 hours. Definitely changed the dynamic having people you can trust running with you

  • Joe

    Two things you need to be able enjoy the Division; friends to play with and to realise the Dark Zone is the main part of the game.

    I’ve seen so many comments of people slamming the game as ‘boring’ when all they did is a mission or two on their own. Of course it’s going to be boring! The whole point of the game is to play with a group of friends, and to eventually find yourself in the Dark Zone.

    To not do this is the equivalent of playing a Battlefield game for the single player, and then scratching your head when you don’t think it’s as good as everyone else.

    • Jonah Cash

      I don’t know, I played the missions on my own and I want to know more about the story. I enjoyed the missions and the encounters. Will get my base in tip top shape as soon as possible. The dark zone was fun but won’t be the reason I have this game.

      • Joe

        My comment was aimed at the people who said the game was boring, but good to know someone else enjoyed the single player too 🙂

        • Jonah Cash

          Sorry about that. I really did enjoy the single player side, I hope the story is intriguing. But the gunplay is spot on and the game looks good.

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