The Division is kicking off its beta this week across all three platforms, but for most we’ve already seen footage of two; Xbox One recently got showcased in a ton of new gameplay videos from a press event in Sweden, and the PS4 version has been shown off in previous months while the game was being marketed. What we haven’t really seen is the game running on PC, but that changes today.
Courtesy of someone brave enough to face Ubisoft’s wrath head on, we have five minutes of what looks like The Division beta running on PC. There’s no indication as to which settings are being used and what hardware is being used to run the game, so we can’t really say for sure if this is the optimal Division experience you can expect. Although it’s plain to see just how different it plays with a mouse and keyboard. Just look at how fast those reaction times are.
I have to admit that the footage does look slightly better than what we’ve seen on console, but not by a mile. That contradicts a lot of what we’ve heard about the PC version, with most how attended the recent event stating that it’s closer to what Ubisoft first showed off at E3 three years ago than the console versions could dream of. Ubisoft Massive are emphasising how important PC is to them, so that could very well be the case.
As we wrote earlier:
Personally it’s important – a I play on PC whenever I can and I want the thing they play at home to be the best possible version. That is not to be underestimated as a driving force. Secondly, both of the studios, Massive and Red Storm started out on PC so it’s a matter of pride, or heritage and pedigree if you will. We feel kind of ashamed if we don’t do the PC version really well.
The Division kicks off on PC in beta this Friday (along with PS4, with the Xbox One version starting a day earlier), so we’ll see for sure just how beautiful the plethora of game options on show allow you to make the shooter MMO.
Will you be playing?
Last Updated: January 25, 2016