The Division 2’s full release date has arrived for PS4, Xbox One and PC.
Following on from the early access release date for owners of the Gold Edition, Ubisoft is finally launching the game in full.
The Division 2 Standard Edition has a March 15 release date on PS4, Xbox One and PC.
The game will be playable from midnight tonight, which is when the servers will be turned on in each region.
This means Australian fans will be able to play first, followed by fans in the US, UK and Europe.
If you want to start playing the game as soon as it goes online, you can pre-load The Division 2 ahead of launch.
The bad news is that you’ll need to download and install a pretty hefty day-one patch when you pre-load the game, so you’d better start soon.
The day-one update weighs in at 48-52GB on Xbox One, while the PS4 day-one patch is a staggering 88-92GB.
There’s also a follow-up title update, which weighs in at around 2GB.
According to the early patch notes, the smaller update addresses audio issues from the beta.
Ubisoft took the game offline for further server maintenance and another update earlier this morning (March 14). Fingers crossed we don’t get additional server downtime at launch.
One other thing that’s worth noting is that the full release is treated as a brand new download, so you’ll have to wipe your beta files to make room.
If you’re unsure whether to pick up a copy of The Division, then you’ll be pleased to hear that the early reviews have been extremely positive for the Ubisoft sequel.
In Destructroid’s excellent review in progress, the writer describes The Division 2 as a polished shooter with lots to do.
The Metro review in progress calls the game “straightforward, predictable, and from what we can tell at the moment sensibly balanced”.
“‘Encouraging’ is generally how I feel about The Division 2 at this point in time,” reads the Gamespot review.
“It’s got a fantastic sense of place and progression, and the combat scenarios and skills continue to be interesting.
“There’s a lot of love, especially among the minor improvements – the small design decisions that make the act of finding and equipping loot so snappy and convenient, or the smart integration of per-mission multiplayer matchmaking that even lets you call upon other players in the middle of a mission.”
Early impressions have also been positive on Twitter, as users praise the opening moments and level of detail.
A follow-up to the 2016 game set in New York, The Division 2 shifts the action to Washington DC.
“Seven months have passed since a deadly virus hit New York City and the rest of the world, crippling the world population,” reads an Ubisoft post.
“Society as we know it has collapsed. When the virus hit, The Division, a unit of civilian sleeper agents, was activated as the last line of defence. Since then, they have been fighting relentlessly to save what remains, and keep our civilisation from falling into chaos.
“Washington D.C. was supposed to be the last city to stand against total collapse of the nation, but faced with multiple threats, the city is on the brink.
“For The Division, the stakes are higher than ever – if Washington D.C. falls, the nation falls. Empowered as modern-day civilian marshals, you and your team are the last hope to stop the fall of society after the pandemic collapse.”
Published at Thu, 14 Mar 2019 14:00:00 +0000