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Only preordering The Division 2 guarantees beta access in February

The Division 2 cop car
The Division 2 cop car (Image credit: Ubisoft)

One of Ubisoft's most-anticipated new titles is The Division 2, the sequel to the popular first game that launched back in 2016. The Division 2 is a third-person military shooter which tasks you with stopping malicious forces from seizing control of the government in the District of Columbia.

Today, Ubisoft revealed the launch dates for The Division 2's "Private Beta." Only players who have preordered The Division 2 will be able to get guaranteed access from February 7 to February 11, 2019. Other players will have a chance to join the Private Beta by registering on the game's website (opens in new tab).

Aside from the release date, Ubisoft revealed a story trailer which features questionable voice acting, but a lot of scenes of brutality and a city plunged into chaos. There are three main factions you have to look out for when it comes to the game, including the beta. The "True Sons" are a paramilitary force that relies on combat expertise and overwhelming firepower to dominate their enemies and expand their territory. The "Hyenas" are a loosely organized gang of opportunistic raiders that prey on struggling civilian encampments through violence and intimidation. Lastly, the "Outcasts" are bitter survivors of a forced quarantine bent on revenge against those who brutally imprisoned them and the society that stood by and let it happen.

The Division 2 launches on all platforms — including Xbox One X — on March 15. Recently, Ubisoft announced that it will exclusively release its games on the Epic Games Store going forward. Many consider this to be a major blow to Steam because "AAA" experiences generate a lot of revenue, much more than the sales of a lot of smaller games combined. However, Epic Games takes a smaller cut so the choice seemed like an easy decision.

Asher Madan handles gaming news for Windows Central. Before joining Windows Central in 2017, Asher worked for a number of different gaming outlets. He has a background in medical science and is passionate about all forms of entertainment, cooking, and antiquing.

10 Comments
  • Please do not pre-order a game you know next to nothing about. Let me rephrase. That nobody knows anything about.
  • I guess I won't be playing the beta then
  • Same for me.
  • You might if you register. Alpha access wasn't locked to pre-orders and that was fun (I heard).
  • Typically a beta version is a something that will help the devs get the software/game tested. Here they are asking people to preorder a game so they can test it. They are paying money just so that they can do work for the devs...
    Ah this industry...
  • Exactly what I was thinking.
    Let's hope it doesn't have much issues at launch like The Division 1.
    The news in this article doesn't say so but let's hope for the best.
  • Welcome to the current gaming industry, it sucks.
  • That's a good point.
  • Pre-orders need to end! It's making game devs lazy. They shouldn't be getting paid before the product is ready! The sooner we all vote with our wallets, the sooner we'll see improvements.
  • hopefully they have an open demo like Anthem.
    otherwise, based on the previous game, no buy