Here's when you can start playing The Division open beta

We already knew you'd be able to start pre-loading The Division's open beta on February 16, but now we have a good idea of exactly when you can start playing for free next week. The open beta will likely begin at the same times as the closed beta several weeks ago, according to a forum post by Ubisoft community manager Natchai Stappers.

Here are the updated, provisional times:

Xbox One start time: Thursday, February 18 at 9 am GMT / 4 am EST / 1 am PST
PS4 and PC start time: Friday, February 19 at noon GMT / 7 am EST / 4 am PST

The open beta is still a week out, so all of these are subject to change in the meantime. I'll update this story if and when I hear about any alterations. The beta is set to end on February 21, assuming Ubisoft doesn't offer up a day-long extension like last time.

Folks who already played their hearts out in the closed beta will have some new stuff to try this time around, including a new story mission, a fifth unlockable skill that lets you deploy an automated turret, and a bunch of tweaks to the Dark Zone. Playing in the open beta will also unlock a "special in-game reward" when the full version comes out on March 8.

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Connor Sheridan

I got a BA in journalism from Central Michigan University - though the best education I received there was from CM Life, its student-run newspaper. Long before that, I started pursuing my degree in video games by bugging my older brother to let me play Zelda on the Super Nintendo. I've previously been a news intern for GameSpot, a news writer for CVG, and now I'm a staff writer here at GamesRadar.