Here’s everything you need to know about The Division’s beta

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The Division Beta

The Division beta kicks off today for all the lucky sods on Xbox One, and tomorrow for everyone else on PC and PS4. It’s an MMO that Ubisoft has kept under wraps for years, only really letting information trickle out over the last few months. Because of that there’s still so much we don’t know about the game and how it al fits together, so much so that the first few moments of the beta might be a little confusing to most. Fear not though, because Ubisoft have our backs.

If you’re still unsure about how The Dark Zone differs to the standard PvE areas, or you want to know how to group up with buddies to explore Manhattan together, this is your one-stop guide. Ubisoft has compiled a nice short video showing you various ways to get ahead as soon as the beta goes live, lightly detailing some of the finer systems at works in The Division. Even if you’ve read all the previews possible, you’re likely to find some new information below.

I was especially impressed at how you update your frankly massive map of New York as you progress, with outposts and enemy positions being marked thanks to a little bit of indoor digging around. I suspect that the beta is going to be just a fraction f  the open-world that the full game will offer, and the seamless transition between these areas is fascinating too. No more of that loading screen garbage between hub worlds, hey Destiny?

Also communication by Emotes in The Dark Zone has been in the game since I played it at E3 last year, and I still think it’s a genius design. Not giving direct microphone communication to players in the zone only escalates the tension, as you truly have to keep your eyes on anyone fickle friendships you make along the way. I still consider this the most alluring aspect of The Division, and I hope it pays off.

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The beta kicks off in just a few hours, but if you’re not playing be sure to check out our Twitch and YouTube (once the beta goes live on Ps4, anyway) streams for some live gameplay. The Division is out on March 8th.

Last Updated: January 28, 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.

  • Unfortunately, it looks like the current Seacom issue is killing our stream.

    • The Grand Admiral Chief Prime

      Must be full of sea-men

    • VampyreSquirrel

      SEACOM is experiencing a critical outage – 8:45 GMT

      SEACOM is experiencing multiple outages on the terrestrial network
      across Egypt. Transmission services across Egypt have been affected
      since 06:00GMT on the 28th January 2016. SEACOM IP and MPLS
      customers may experience increased latency as that traffic is re-routed
      to alternative network paths.

      Both cuts have been located and the teams are on site repairing the cable. ETR is 2 – 3 hours. Updates to follow.

      • HairyEwok

        Cuts…. Why’s the network cable being emo :/

        • The Grand Admiral Chief Prime

          BWAHAHAHAHAHA

    • AfricanTime

      So no streaming today?

  • VampyreSquirrel

    There are already streams live on Twitch.

    Check out http://www.twitch.tv/directory/game/Tom%20Clancy's%20The%20Division

    • The Grand Admiral Chief Prime

      LOL THE GAME JUST CRASHED!!!

      • VampyreSquirrel

        Not surprising.

        I told Ottokie that the servers aren’t ready until we’ve crashed it at least a few times.

        • The Grand Admiral Chief Prime

          Man, the dude’s face when it crashed, so much lol

        • Probably 80% of the players are on PC. If the servers go down only from Xbone then we are in for a loooooong night…. of warframe

          • VampyreSquirrel

            I’ll revert to Diablo 3 😛

          • And now that Blade and Soul game that released is looking pretty cool. So much stuff only in January, I can’t keep up.

          • The Grand Admiral Chief Prime

            NICE

            How many of the new mods have you got? I’ve only gotten 3 so far, and a gun-potato

          • I got the same mod 9 times in a row… rage quitted

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            I’ve got 7 from 15 runs. Should been 8 but acolyte no.4 bugged & didn’t drop anything, was the first time I went up against it too. Bah.

          • The Grand Admiral Chief Prime

            I see acolyte 4 is dead now :/

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            Don’t stress, we’ll get another chance at them during part 3 of the event. Plus they’re not disappearing completely once the event it done either.

          • The Grand Admiral Chief Prime

            Ah…

            AC2 had 14% health left when I stopped last night

      • Hammersteyn

        Hehehe good ole Ubisoft

        • The Grand Admiral Chief Prime

          It is actually so funny, the first time I watch a twitch stream….and it crashes after 1 minute

          *dies laughing*

      • GooseZA

        I’m sure it will be fine. Alpha was surprisingly solid.

  • The Grand Admiral Chief Prime

    Watching a stream now, the XBOX loading is soooooo long, I have grown a full beard while waiting

    • HairyEwok

      Thank goodness PC Master Race have SSD XD

      • The Grand Admiral Chief Prime

        xD

  • VampyreSquirrel

    I’ll be streaming over the course of the weekend on PC… will post on Twitter when I go live with links 😛

    • The Grand Admiral Chief Prime

      I’m not clicking your stream….ewwwww……

      • VampyreSquirrel

        At least there won’t be any crossing of streams……….

    • For all those who want to hear my smexy voice 😛

      • VampyreSquirrel

        I’ll mute you 😛

        • I will shoot you for loot 😛

          • The Grand Admiral Chief Prime

            Now I feel sad for missing out

          • There is still a lot of Beta keys being given out here and there

          • The Grand Admiral Chief Prime

            Now just WHERE exactly am I going to get time to download 26GB

          • Fly to EU, download and fly back 😛

          • The Grand Admiral Chief Prime

            Gimme a Liset and I’ll do it

          • VampyreSquirrel

            I’ll give it to you… I downloaded it last night

          • The Grand Admiral Chief Prime

            Still need BETA key though :/

          • VampyreSquirrel

            Better start trolling all the sites then

          • VampyreSquirrel

            LOL

          • Pew Pew Pew

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            You’re not supposed to tell him that beforehand.

  • HairyEwok

    Ubi still hasn’t send me that beta key…. Shame on you Ubi. And not Admiral, I do not want a key.

    • The Grand Admiral Chief Prime

      No?

      • HairyEwok

        No…. Just no. You gave me enough keys to last a Dr. Who through the door episode.

  • HairyEwok

    All of a sudden the Darkzone reminds me of Watch Dogs Contracts.

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