‘The Division’ Closed Beta Restricting Access Following Unprecedented Demand [Update]
The Division beta for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC has proven to be extremely popular. Ubisoft announced “unprecedented demand” for the beta Friday along with news that it can no longer guarantee access for those attempting to get in.
Ubisoft made the announcement on its official blog.
— Tom Clancy's The Division (@TheDivisionGame) January 29, 2016
“Due to the unprecedented demand for access to ‘The Division’ Closed Beta, we can no longer guarantee access. If you have already pre-ordered ‘The Division’ and have yet to receive your key, we’re working closely with our partners to ensure that you receive it tomorrow when we send out the next batch of keys.
“For those of you that have not pre-ordered but are on the waiting list for ‘The Division’ Beta, please know that we want to get as many people in the Beta as possible. However, space will be severely limited for the rest of the beta testing phase due to high-demand.
“Thank you for your enthusiasm and patience during ‘The Division’ Closed Beta. We hope you look forward to playing the full game on Xbox One, PS4, and PC when it’s released on March 8.
Unfortunately, this is the only planned beta for The Division prior to its release. Access to the beta was granted either via requesting a key through the game’s website. Those that pre-ordered the game through major retailers were supposed to be guaranteed access, however.
Update: Ubisoft posted the following update to its forums.
We are continuing to experience very high demand for The Division closed beta and we would like to thank you all for your enthusiasm.
We are now beginning to grant access to all remaining players who have redeemed a guaranteed access pre-order code on the Beta registration website.
We’re also doing our best to grant access to players on the waitlist. Please check back later during the weekend for an update on this.
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As previously covered, The Division beta gave players the ability to create and customize their own character. Access to the first story mission available in the game is included. This can be played solo or co-operatively with up to four players on normal or hard difficulty.
Players can also explore the base of operations along with the immediate open-world area. Ubisoft closed off much of Manhattan and the various side missions though to keep them as a surprise for the full release. Additionally, only a single base upgrade is available thanks to there being only a single mission to complete.
The main draw of the beta is the Dark Zone. This is the instanced PVP area of The Division and can be entered through several locations. Some of these locations are security gates, others are fences that can be climbed.
For the beta, The Division will have Dark Zone instances for players between levels 4-7 and those at level 8.
AI-controlled enemies will be part of the Dark Zone and engaging other players is optional. Note that you will be marked as a Rogue Agent if you attack others and will have a bounty placed on your head. Defending yourself against attacks from other players will not give you the Rogue Agent designation.
The best loot from The Division is located in the Dark Zone. Players can obtain Rare, Superior, and High-end items either as drops from PVE and PVP encounters in free-for-all area or purchase them for vendors using Dark Zone credits.
Dark Zone credits are the special currency that can only be earned and used inside the area. Credits are picked up from chests that can only be opened with keys. The keys are dropped from other enemies both AI-controlled and human.
Ubisoft also laid out the DLC roadmap for The Division this week. It will be a mix of free updates and three content updates. Full details can be found here.
A live-action short film called The Division: Agent Origins was recently made available to view on Amazon Prime. Produced by Ubisoft in collaboration with YouTube content creators Corridor Digital, RocketJump, and devinsupertramp, the 30-minute film follows four Division agents as they explore the backstory of Manhattan in the grips of an epidemic. An Amazon Prime membership is required to watch.
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