The Division open beta will launch on Feb 19 for PC players

The Division PC Dark Zone

Update 9 Feb, 2016: Ubisoft have announced dates for The Division’s open beta, which confirm those leaked last week by an Xbox Italy image

As suggested by that preemptive Facebook post, preloading will be available for all platforms on February 16, however access will first be available to Xbox One owners on February 18, and then PC players on February 19. The Division open beta will end on February 21. 

Do you think The Division will make it onto our list of best RPGs once it arrives on March 8?

Said to “test the game systems” further, The Division’s open beta allows Ubisoft another chance to glean more player feedback before release, something which is likely even more important now given the flurry of hacks, cheats and exploits that took place during the game’s recent closed beta testing. 

Further to the features that made it into The Division closed beta, this upcoming phase will introduce a new story mission, plus all participants will receive a “special in-game reward” that will unlock when the game releases in full next month. Full beta details can be found on the game's website.

In other news, Ubisoft launced a new trailer which focuses on The Division's enemy factions:

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Original Story 1 Feb, 2016: Just when you think The Division isn't watching, it pounces again. With the closed beta wrapping up tomorrow after its one day extension, we were presuming that would be the last we'd see of the game before it went fully live on March 8th. However, in the past couple of hours a post was accidentally made on the Xbox Italy Facebook page that indicated an open beta would be taking place between February 16th and 21st on Xbox One. It will start on the 17th for other platforms.

Here's the full image, which has since been pulled from the page:

the division open beta

That probably really will be your last chance to get involved before launch. Hopefully this version of The Division is a little less packed with hackers, cheaters and exploiters on PC. Worth checking if you've magically been invited to the current phase of the beta test on Ubi's access page too.

Thanks, VG247.

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Flappers Avatar
1 Year ago

If it is true, I hope they allow access to more than just 2 hours of PvE

Ben Barrett Avatar
1 Year ago

I think they really want to push Dark Zones as the main way to play. Some people really aren't into it but I think for others it's a really new, exciting thing. That's just from the reactions I've seen online though, rather than having played it.

xNuke Avatar
1 Year ago

There's a major issue with Dark Zone however. It's exactly the same as every survival game like DayZ, H1Z1 etc and that is people kill-on-sight. Ruins the whole experience if you ask me.

Tim Edwards Avatar
Tim Edwards(2 days 8 hours played)
1 Year ago

Matt and I were playing last night - we only came across two players who were completely rogue.

Look me up on uPlay: I'm popsimax - I'll come and play with you.

Flappers Avatar
1 Year ago

Yeah, this is why I don't like it. I much prefer the PvE.

I was hoping that there would be some questing system in the Dark Zone, but with the added risk of other players... but it's literally just run around and play free for all.