Ubisoft has just released some new information about The Division’s launch via press release. The release explains that the game’s servers will go live on release day i.e on the 8th of March. Really disappointing for me as I managed to secure a pre-release copy and won’t be able to get a head start, oh well.
Ubisoft also noted that due to this there will be no pre-release reviews as everyone will get access to the game at the same time. So if you were hoping to read some reviews before release to make up your mind then you can either get the game and hope its good or wait a few days after the release for the reviews to pour in.
Ubisoft gave the following reason for this, which makes sense due to the unique nature of the game:
Since it’s impossible for us to populate the servers in a way that would adequately replicate playing The Division on launch day, reviewers will start playing the game along with everyone else when it’s released on March 8 – after the servers go live officially at 00:01AM Australian Eastern Daylight Time (AEDT). We anticipate there may be some impressions posted online within the first few days of launch that were based on experiences with The Division Beta, and we look forward to seeing streams, videos, and opinions that provide accounts of final, in-game conditions.
The developers also thanked the 6.4 million Beta testers who gave their impressions and helped report issues with the game.
Digital pre-orders on Xbox One begin on Thursday, March 3 at 6PM CET, 9AM PT for PC (Steam/Uplay) and March 6 at 00:01AM local time on PlayStation 4 in all locals except Japan where it will be available on March 8 at 00:01AM. In North America digital copies the game will go live on Xbox One, PS4, and PC at 12:01AM EST on March 8.
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