If you couldn’t participate in the closed beta for Tom Clancy’s The Division, there’s another chance for you to play Ubisoft’s highly-anticipated title. An open beta event starts on February 19 and ends on February 21.
The early look at the game will be available on Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC, and fans can start pre-loading the beta on February 16. However, Xbox One players can start playing on February 18, a full 24 hours before it opens up to PS4 and PC owners.
For those who played the closed beta version, the experience will be somewhat similar, but there are some new additions such as a second story mission. When I played the closed beta game, there was one story mission available, and I spent the rest of my time in the Dark Zone. Regardless of whether or not you played in the previous beta sessions, all players in next week's beta will also get a special in-game reward when the final game comes out in March.
During the closed beta, PC players filed multiple reports of various cheating incidents throughout the game. Ubisoft community manager Natchai Stappers said on the forums that the incidents were a result of players who took advantage of the game’s various glitches. For this session, the developers will continue to watch the game closely and fix any issues that come up in order to prevent future exploits.
The open beta brings in more players to The Division experience, and for Ubisoft, it’s the final push to get more players interested in the game before its March 8 release. There are a few weeks left before the launch of The Division, and feedback from this open beta is the final hurdle for developers in order to finish the game.