The Division (PS4, Xbox One, PC)

‘The Division’ Open Beta Incoming, PC Hacking To Be Addressed

The Division closed beta is approaching its conclusion, but a new report indicates an open beta is coming will drop in the middle of February. PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC gamers will get a second shot at checking out a post-disaster New York before the game’s official release. Meanwhile, Ubisoft promises reports of PC hacking are being addressed.

Eurogamer discovered an image posted on Xbox Italy’s official Facebook page featuring a listing of upcoming events for the console in the month of February. The listing pegs an open beta for The Division as occurring from February 16 through February 21. Additionally, Xbox One owners once again receive 24 hours early access.

Xbox Italy Hinting at The Division Xbox One beta
The Division open beta is coming February 16 according to this Xbox Italy Facebook image. [Image via Eurogamer]
Ubisoft hasn’t announced anything yet, but this is great news if true. The publisher reported unprecedented demand for The Division closed beta, and was forced to restrict access even to those that preordered the game to guarantee entry, as Inquisitr reported.

The Division closed beta was eventually extended another 24 hours, and Ubisoft sent out more invites to those that had preordered, along with individuals on the waitlist.

“Over the last few days, we’ve seen an incredible amount of excitement for the game, leading to many of you registering on the waitlist for a chance to join our Closed Beta. We’ve been working very hard to let as many players as possible join, while still maintaining a smooth experience for everyone,” a Ubisoft community manager wrote in the game’s forums Sunday.

“Earlier today, we announced that we were now inviting as many players as possible from the waitlist, in addition to those who had guaranteed pre-order access. We’ve started sending invites, with priority given to those who signed up first.

“In order to allow everyone who has access to fully enjoy the Beta, we’re happy to announce we’re extending the duration by 24h for all players. As a result, servers will remain open until Tuesday, February 2nd, 12pm CET | 6 am EST | 3 am PST.”

Thousands of bugs were fixed between the time of The Division alpha test and the closed beta test. It will be interesting to see what Ubisoft is able to improve by the time the open beta rolls around. This is especially true on the PC, where players are reporting that it is incredibly easy to hack the game and manipulate values to essentially become in-game gods.

Users in separate Reddit threads, plus NeoGAF, are reporting cheaters showing up with ease in the PC version’s PVP-enabled Dark Zone. This is apparently due to the decision to keep character data stored on the client side, instead of the server, with server-side checks of the data not enabled. Players have been able to give themselves unlimited ammo, super-speed, max critical hit chance, no recoil on guns, and unlimited medical kits, among others.

The internet being the internet naturally has some gamers threatening to cancel their pre-orders due to the cheating occurring in The Division beta. Meanwhile, Ubisoft is attempting to reassure players these issues will be fixed before the full release of the game in March.

“Guys, so you’re aware the things discussed here are not in fact hacks or cheats, but merely abuse of glitches that exist in the game currently. These glitches are currently being worked on by the team,” Ubisoft Community Manager Natchai Stapperswrote in the game’s forums.

Meanwhile, Community Manager Hamish Bode had a more light-hearted response to those asking question about the PC cheats in The Division.

The Division is set to release March 8, 2016, for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. Are you still planning to pick the game up? Sound off in the comments below.

[Image via The Division]