With Tom Clancy’s The Division set to launch in just a couple of weeks, Ubisoft this morning dropped details about an upcoming open beta, giving gamers on the Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC a chance to put the game’s online component through its paces before hitting store shelves on March 8.
Tom Clancy’s The Division arrives next month. Today Ubisoft announced an open beta scheduled for the upcoming third-person shooter, which will run from Feb. 19-21 on all platforms. If you’re gaming on the Xbox One, however, you’ll actually get a 24-hour head start on everybody else, with the open beta launching for that platform on February 18.
Ubisoft is wisely offering a pre-load for the beta so all interested parties can get the client on their machines and be ready to roll as soon as the light turns green. If you’re interested in taking part in the beta for The Division, you can start downloading everything you need beginning February 16.
We don’t know exactly what content will be available in the closed beta, but we imagine it will closely mirror what was on offer in the recent closed beta. According to Ubisoft, this open beta will allow the developers to test the system under a heavier load, as well as allow for player feedback to help shape the game’s future.
With all of this craziness going on throughout New York in The Division, Ubisoft also decided to introduce players to the various factions running wild in the streets mid-crisis. Here’s a look at the teams you’ll be getting to know once The Division arrives on March 8.
As you can see, there are five factions to choose from in the game. While the campaign takes place weeks after the city was ravaged by a virus, the multiplayer component takes place right in the middle of the chaos. Think The Last of Us meets pretty much any Tom Clancy game and you’ll be on the right track.
Groups include the Rioters, who appear to be normal folk who have embraced the anarchy that comes from an ultimate test of survival. The Rikers, on the other hand, are former prisoners who have no desire to live under any system or rules anymore. And then there are the Cleaners, an almost religious group of individuals who believe the only way to salvation is to literally burn the disease from the world. The Last Man Battalion fills the role of the standard military group that continues to fight for order.
Finally, there’s The Division, seemingly the only sane folks in the lot who believe there’s a better way to “save what’s left of the city.”
So are you excited for The Division open beta? Which faction seems like your cup-o-tea? Let us know in the comments below.