The Division’s servers are struggling – blame it on Mike

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The Division, Ubisoft’s shared World MMO-esque shooter is finally live and playable (depending on where in the world you are, of course). Or at least, it should be live and playable – only its servers are buckling under the weight if the thousands of people trying to liberate a broken New York.

Many are reporting being unable to connect to the game’s servers – which spit out error messages using the NATO phonetic alphabet. The most common error at the moment seems to suggest Mike is involved – and it’s spawned a sub-reddit of people hurling expletives in Mike’s general direction.

Ubisoft is of course aware of the server outage.

“We’re currently aware of an issue impacting our games and services and we’re actively investigating to deploy a solution as quickly as possible,” Says Ubisoft. “Thanks for your patience and understanding.
We will update you here with more information as it becomes available.”

We’re itching to shoot things in a freshly apocalyptic New York – but we’re not restricted access by the servers. Instead, like many of you, we’ve got that “work” thing to get through first.

The game went through a few betas that worked pretty well, so it’s odd that Ubisoft’s servers aren’t able to keep up. We’ll keep you updated with any developments.

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Last Updated: March 8, 2016

Geoffrey Tim

Editor. I’m old, grumpy and more than just a little cynical. One day, I found myself in possession of a NES, and a copy of Super Mario Bros 3. It was that game that made me realise that games were more than just toys to idly while away time – they were capable of being masterpieces. I’m here now, looking for more of those masterpieces.

  • Pariah

    This is true immersion people. New York is so broken, you can’t even log on to help fix it.

  • And while everyone is playing casual survival I am sitting waiting for the Escape from Tarkov Beta to drop.

    • Jan Prins

      And whilst everyone is playing survival games, I am doing life! 😛

      • 10 out of 10 doctors agree that life eventually leads to death. So play games instead. 😛

      • WitWolfy

        Who did you kill?

    • HairyEwok

      Now that’s a game I’m willing to buy, the Russians seem to know what they’re doing with Tarkov.

      • Indeed. We have a rather large group of people already waiting for this. Sign up for the Beta ASAP!

        • Spathi

          I also signed up! Game is looking awesome so far!

          • I think I may just have to leave this here for the uninformed.

          • Commander Admiral Chief

            Permadeath, yoh

          • Just the way I like it.

          • Commander Admiral Chief

            Hehe, I’m sold

          • HvR

            Best scope gun play I’ve seen yet in a game.

          • Commander Admiral Chief

            Aye, I’m supportive of this!

          • Then sign up for the beta dammit!

          • HvR

            Need new gaming rig dammit.

          • Then stop buying stuff like the HTC Vive dammit!

          • HvR

            But then how I’m going to induce vomiting after reading EA, Ubisoft or M$ press releases.

          • Well you should still have a gag reflex ….. I hope. 😛

          • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

            Sweet mother of….. 😮

          • Sweet mother Russia!

            Fixed it. 🙂

          • Commander Admiral Chief


  • Lardus-For the Emperor!

    Aw man, can nobody get the launch of an online-only game right? Whiskey Tango Foxtrot?

    • CCCP. Eve online has hardly ever fallen over at the launch of each expansion. It has however fallen over once or twice when players decide to wreck a few hundred thousand ships in one single area.

  • Francois Knoetze

    Well that just burst my “I CANT WAIT TO PLAY THIS AFTER WORK!?” bubble…

  • I had an hour of game time earlier today… so far the game is feeling amazing.. they better have it sorted by tonight. Else I’m going to write a strongly worded letter to the times

    • Ubisoft thrives on strongly worded letters. That is why apparently BG&E2 will be a Nintendo NX launch title and exclusive. Ubisoft did this so they can gain immense power from all the letters and petitions coming their way.

    • Commander Admiral Chief

      Can you even write any other type of letteR?

  • Umar

    Eh, I’m FOMO’n SO hard. Really enjoyed the beta so much, I’m dying to dive into the story.

  • Alien Emperor Trevor

    lol. Ubi game servers ALWAYS crash on release. It’s why I never ever ever ever preordered any Ubi games even when I did still preorder.

    • HairyEwok

      And Blizzard… Never forget #ExecuteError37

      • Alien Emperor Trevor

        Eh, was never interested in Diablo 3 anyway.

  • As long as it’s fixed by tonight. I don’t mind. The only thing bothering me is telkom working in my area and stated there might be service interruptions o.O

    • Telkom and working in the same sentence. Lol. 😛

      • I’m already bracing myself for a week or two without internet

        • Commander Admiral Chief

          Good, I can do with less pink in my life

          • Just for that. My Rhino and Loki are going to be Neon Pink with frilly syandana and strange battle poses

          • Alien Emperor Trevor


          • #TeamPinkRhino!

          • Commander Admiral Chief

            How are you going to manage that with no internet?

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            If he can’t, I will.

          • Commander Admiral Chief

            You’d… him…..with……ugh……MIND BLEACH STAT!

          • Huehuehue, I will have a talk with Bob. Next time we farm the void it’s a gonna be nice and fabulous

          • Commander Admiral Chief

            We did some nice runs last night, he is really quite fond of his BoltorP!

          • I noticed all his builds use the Boltor 😛

          • Commander Admiral Chief

            Hehehe, I’ve been levelling a metric ton of gear lately (hence my rapid rise in rank)

            Got Nekros, NyxP now to level (VoltP maxxed now)

            Then about 5 guns and 3 melee

          • I just log in to build stuff as well. After this semi hiatus is over and all the other games bore me, I will level at the speed of pink light xD

          • Commander Admiral Chief

            I’ll remember to AVOID the invites 😛

          • Hahaha suit yourself. I’m just glad my gaming groups Arma addiction is now over. That’s one less game to worry about

          • Commander Admiral Chief


            Look, I don’t mind the pink suits and effects and guns and pew pewyness, I think it distracts the Grineer enough for some lolz

          • I’m itching to finish Atlas, I am only missing one part but that mission is soul crushing. The other one is Nezha that I am also missing one part for. And the Sand frame quest is busy building 😛

          • Commander Admiral Chief

            I still need to to the Inarus missions, but the new bow is done, and our clan is doing the last bit of research.

            I’m building a new AW as well now

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            I need one more part for the Elytron. Archwing gear farming is painful.

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            I got a Nezha part the other day. Yay! Now I just need the other two. Boo!

          • And then the Nitain rears it’s ugly head

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            I’ve got enough of that for the moment.

          • Commander Admiral Chief

            Yeah I’ve been hitting them whenever I can, but not using them, so I’ve got a few saved up

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            I don’t play long missions for them.

          • Commander Admiral Chief

            I have one, ONE part

          • If a sortie 3 mission is a defense mission, I automatically chicken out xD

          • Commander Admiral Chief

            Lol why is that?

          • Always have atleast one AFKer and one yolo frame in the group xD

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            I love Radiation in missions. Especially Corpus ones, where I’m playing Mag. One badly timed polarise & the whole squad goes down lol. Other day I took out all 3 of them at once, one guy was like “um.. what just happened?”. “My bad.” haha

          • Hahaha my first time with radiation procs, was with Vamps. Took me a while to figure out what the heck was going on

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            I always check to see what the missions are – two long ones, or if one has a crappy restriction, nope. Seeya tomorrow sortie.

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            I got a Nezha part the other day. Yay! Now I just need the other two. Boo!

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            I should recolour my Ignis flame a lovely shade of pink. It’ll be like killing them with candyfloss.

          • Time to rework our Embers xD

          • Commander Admiral Chief

            I wanted someone to look after my Kubrow while I’m away, then realised, I can put the critter in stasis.

            Wish I could do the same for my IRL critters

          • Don’t let someone log in to your account from a different PC that also plays Warframe. They love to swing the ban hammer at this.

          • Commander Admiral Chief

            Not going to, I’m considering taking it along!

          • Hahaha, the wife if not gonna be happy 😛

          • Commander Admiral Chief

            Luckily I need a lot less sleep than she does. XCOM 2 and Warframe going to the coast!

          • What coast are you heading too?

          • Commander Admiral Chief

            The one next to the sea, obviously.



          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            It’s not Xmas, so it can only be Durban.

          • Probably, PTA people usually think Umhlanga is the only place next to the ocean 😛

          • Commander Admiral Chief

            The only times I deal with DBN:
            – When I speak to co-workers from that branch
            – When I drive past it VERYFLIPPENFAST to get to another destination

          • Commander Admiral Chief

            I’m gonna GITS soon, SOOOON

          • This time of the year, the weather is perfect at the beach

          • Commander Admiral Chief


          • Alien Emperor Trevor


          • HvR

            He is probably going to head down to Paper Weight and get himself a nice big stack of 2nd hand porn mags.

          • On a different note. Did your in game settings also reset after the big patch?

          • Commander Admiral Chief

            Nope, must be negative towards pinkies

          • Got in game and twitched my mouse slightly and did a 720 in a split second xD

          • Commander Admiral Chief


        • This is you then. 🙂

  • HairyEwok

    The beta was more like a demo rather than a test.

  • oVg

    “That’s the world we live in,” Deal with it 😛

    • And that is why this game doesn’t interest me.

      • oVg

        24hour DRM became always on-line, not a single complaint lol

        Im sure its a great game for the top-end elitist gamer, who can afford R1100 games with R1000 season passes and 999mb internet lines from NASA.

        Yet everybody complains about No Mans Sky selling for $60. LOLOLOL

  • Nikola

    This shit better work by the time I get home is all I am saying!!

    • Ir0nseraph

      Don’t worry , you will be shot in the back by friends for weeks to come.

      • Nikola

        Yeah “friends” that’s why I dont trust you guys so I have aligned myself with some Serbians to have my back if I run into you bunch:)

        • Ir0nseraph

          Good cause you need to run 😛

          • Nikola

            We shall see who will be doing the running tonight:|

          • Ir0nseraph


        • Commander Admiral Chief

          What about the Albanians?

          • Nikola

            ahhhh fuck u still around?? hahaha;)

          • Commander Admiral Chief


    • Ubisoft has heard your complaint and will act accordingly.

  • Commander Admiral Chief

    Look, I’m only probably going to get an hour or two in tonight, maybe, then only again in a week or so again.

    So, maybe I’ll wait until they patch everything

  • Pieter Kruger

    They probably took it down to fix the “new” texture glitch(that was patched in the closed beta already….?) ????

  • eXpZA

    Fuck me, right?

  • Ryanza

    Did any of you expect an always online server based game with DRM to be any different to when SimCity 5 was launched, when Diablo 3 was launched.

    When a game is always fucking online, YOU WILL HAVE PROBLEMS CONNECTING TO SERVERS and if you South African your ass will lag. Some assholes will say they don’t notice any lag but trust me your ass is lagging even if your brain is too stupid to see it.

    Don’t Support always online DRM.

  • Jonah Cash

    I played this morning, and I am desperate to get back to the game. It is going to be soooo good. Unfortunately my daughter has been submitted to hospital an hour ago and chances aren’t really that good that I will be playing much tonight…

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