Ubisoft has just posted up some details regarding server and review timing for Tom Clancy’s The Division on their official blog. It seems that Ubisoft wants to make it really clear that reviewers won’t be getting access to the game until everyone else does.
With the launch of The Division just a week away, we thought it was a good time to update you on exactly when servers will go live and when reviews will start to come out.
The Division was always designed to be a seamless online experience, giving players the option to play solo or group with fellow Agents to tackle missions and infiltrate the Dark Zone as a squad. Thanks to the feedback and participation of a record-setting beta 6.4 million players in the beta, we know many of you took up arms with others and saw first-hand how The Division’s unique gameplay experiences were brought to life by a large and active player population.
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.
Players who have purchased digital copies can begin preloading today for Xbox One; Thursday, March 3 at 6PM CET / 9AM PT for PC (Steam/Uplay); and March 6 at 00:01AM local time on PlayStation 4 – except Japan where it will be available on March 8 at 00:01AM.
For those of you who took part of the beta, you should know more or less what you’re getting into. For those who rely mostly on reviews, you might want to hold back a few days before buying The Division. Either way, good on Ubisoft for being really transparent this time around. They’ve had their share of backlash for embargoing game reviews to the same day of the game’s release. For a game like The Division, this being the case shouldn’t really be a surprise.
Does this affect your decision to pick up The Division on release day? Let us know in the comments below.