The Division 2 beta will allowing you to get hands-on with Ubisoft’s open-world multiplayer shooter ahead of its release date on March 15th.
Those who followed the original will notice this is familiar territory, and though details on the sequel’s beta are light, there is some educated guesses we can make based on what happened last time.
Here’s everything we know so far – including The Division 2 beta dates and beta access.
The Division 2 beta dates and start times
Ubisoft has announced The Division 2 beta dates on all platforms – PS4, Xbox One and PC – will take place between Thursday, February 7th to Monday, February 11th. You can also pre-load The Division 2 beta from Wednesday, February 6th.
The Division 2 beta start times, end times and pre-load times are all the same:
- UK: 9am (GMT)
- Europe: 10am (CET)
- East Coast US: 4am (EDT)
- West Coast US: 1am (PDT)
As well as the above, part way through the beta a tease of end-game content – one Invaded mission – will be available from the following times:
- UK: 4pm (GMT)
- Europe: 5pm (CET)
- East Coast US: 11am (EDT)
- West Coast US: 8am (PDT)
How to get The Division 2 beta access
There are several ways to gain The Division 2 beta access:
- Pre-ordering The Division 2
- The Division 2 beta sign-ups on the official site
If you pre-order The Division 2 from a store, you will receive a code from the retailer, while digital purchases will grant your account automatic access.
If you’re going for the beta sign-ups, then the process has several steps. First, select which platform you’d like to play the beta on – PlayStation 4, Xbox One or PC. When you proceed, you’re then asked to sign into your Uplay account.
After you’ve confirmed your email address, then you’ve registered your interest.
It should be noted this won’t guarantee beta access. Ubisoft hasn’t confirmed specifically how invites will work, but signing up nice and early should improve your chances when the time comes.
What will be featured in The Division 2 beta?
Ubisoft has outlined the following for The Division 2 beta:
- Two main story missions (playable in Normal and Hard)
- Five side missions and other activities in the open world
- One out of the three Dark Zones playable
- PvP in Conflict mode Skirmish
- One Invaded mission (end-game content) and a level cap of 30 with new Survivalist, Sharpshooter and Demolitionist specialisations from Friday, February 8th from 4pm GMT
How does this size up to the beta from the original game? That featured a gameplay segment close to the start of the game, and featured a handful of story missions with the ability to play in four player co-op. It also featured The Dark Zone, The Division’s take on a player-versus-player zone. The sequel will probably do something similar.
Meanwhile, playing the original beta unlocked a Weapon skin – for the SIG 556 – for the final game. Again, we might see the same again for The Division 2.
Another tidbit – the original beta received a 24 hour headstart on Xbox One. With the sequel’s first gameplay debuting at Xbox’s E3 press conference, there’s a chance a similar partnership could also be in place – though with the beta dates already announced, we highly doubt it at this late stage.
Everything else you need to know about The Division 2
Fresh off its full reveal during E3 2018, we know the first details about The Division 2, including:
- A new location, shifting from New York City to Washington D.C.
- It’s not just a location change, but a seasonal one – moving from a snowy winter to the summer.
- There were a few confirmed locations – an overgrown zoo where survivors of the series’ smallpox plague were sheltering, through to streets surrounding the Capitol building and a glimpse of a crashed Air Force One.
- A release date of March 15th, 2019 on all three platforms – PS4, Xbox One and PC.