The rumors were mostly true: The Division (opens in new tab) will get an open beta next week. Unfortunately, it will be a little bit shorter than the old Xbox Italy Facebook leak (opens in new tab) indicated. The beta will begin on February 18 on Xbox One, then on February 19 on PS4 and PC, and will close on February 21. But even if it's just a weekend rather than the better part of a week, it's still open and free to all comers.
On top of everything previously seen in the closed beta, the open beta will also include a new story mission. When last we left post-outbreak New York City, the only big mission was to rescue a viral expert from Madison Square Garden and unlock your HQ's medical wing. Hopefully the new mission will let you bring your tech or security wings online, thereby adding new skills (opens in new tab), perks, and talents to try.
This will be the last chance for the public to try The Division before it comes out on March 8, according to Ubisoft. Not to mention that everyone who plays in the open beta will also get a "special in-game reward" in the full version, which makes me just a little bit salty that I already made plans to go out of town that weekend. You folks will just have to save Manhattan without me, alright? And remember, no goofing off at the extraction point! (opens in new tab)
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