The Division 2 announces its open beta starting on March 1

    
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Capital idea!

Everything old is new again, and The Division 2 is following in the footsteps of its predecessor with the addition of an open beta running from March 1st to March 4th. This was already mentioned by a developer almost as an afterthought, but the official announcement both confirms that wasn’t a slip of the tongue and adds in actual dates. With the game launching on March 15th it should give you just enough time to play and decide if you want to jump in while still dodging, well, the other big online shooter release happening soon.

No more information about the open beta is currently available, although it seems likely that it’ll contain the same content as the recent closed beta for a wider audience. You may recall that the closed beta attracted fewer viewers in stream format than the original, which may well contribute to the dates being later in the month for the beta followup. Or perhaps this was always the plan.

Source: Official Site; thanks to Reht for the tip!

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starbuck1771

I am already testing it. I can’t give any other details then that.

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Mewmew

The Private Beta isn’t under an NDA, so basically you can give all the details you want to :P

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Mr Poolaty

The best thing I ever played in the first division was a glitch where like 30 people were in an instanced map and it was just a complete slaughter fest!!

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CapnLan

In sort of related news, Ubisoft is having a special if you pre-order any edition of Division 2, you get a free game. You can pick between Ghost Recon:Wildlands, Farcry Primal, or Watch Dogs 2.

https://store.ubi.com/us/tom-clancys-the-division-2/5b06a3994e0165fa45ffdcdf.html?lang=en_US

Have to scroll down a bit to see the offer banner. Not a bad deal tbh.

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rafael12104

Hmm. Not bad at all.

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Mewmew

Haha I already own all of those.

Though if someone doesn’t own Ghost Recon: Wildlands, I really enjoyed that one a lot (I own the other two but haven’t ever installed them yet).

Actually it was refreshing to jump into Wildlands and be able to shoot someone and have them actually go down, rather than pump multiple magazines full of bullets into their face and they still are running around because they have an open faced football helmet on :P

I do like The Division games but dang there are some seriously horribly unreal bullet sponges in them.

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Reht

While i wasn’t the biggest fan of Wildlands, have to admit stealing a Lamboghini and going mudding in the hills and trashing it was hilarious in a strange way.

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Armsbend

I’ll be there. I wonder if they will have the ability to pre-load before the event?

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CapnLan

Should be. I was able to pre-load the private beta the day before.

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Armsbend

Awesome – I want to maximize my time in game and not in a bottlenecked download session.

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rafael12104

The plot thickens. Sure, I’ll give it a go.

I liked Div1. It was good fun until it got hacked and exploited to oblivion while I was playing.

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Godnaz

I didn’t buy the game until the 1.8 (Jesus) patch. By then, all of the shenanigans had shuffled on to other games and the game was actually fixed. #patientgamer I guess. You’ve joined the ‘no pre-order club’ now join the ‘One month review’ club. Don’t buy it until you know it’s been vetted.

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Mewmew

Yeah I got it later after the bugs were worked out and it also was on sale. So bonus, I got it cheaper *and* had a better version of the game to play.

I’m probably getting this one right at release, but I imagine a lot of people are figuring they’ll get it later during a sale and after a number of patches.

Although I probably am doing so, there isn’t really a huge reason to need to jump right in at the start here. There were always people to play the multiplayer stuff in the first one with later no matter how late you started.

I want to try both of the co-op shooters coming out over the next few months, but one set in a real city and stuff is more appealing to me at the moment. I’ve been playing numerous other futuristic and suit type games lately (Warframe, Destiny 2) and will be playing Em8er in the future as well, so for me The Division 2 is more of a change and what I’d rather get into at the moment.

I do fully plan to play Anthem as well, just I have to pick one to play first and the feeling I’m getting now is that I’d rather start with The Division 2 :D

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Reht

I really liked Div1 after the kinks, bugs, etc. were worked out. Div2 feels and play a lot like Div1 to me, which is good, not a whole lot of changes, just small things; some good, some not so good. My biggest complaint is the horrible run animation.