Play The Division for free up to level 8 (or 6 hours) and transfer your progress to the full game

If you were always curious but never quite sure about The Division (opens in new tab), your patience has paid off. Along with a new expansion and major patch, Ubisoft has made the game free to play up to level 8, or 6 hours of play, whichever comes first.

Other than these restrictions, you're playing the main game, not a pared-down version. That means your gear, weapons, progress, etc will all transfer over to the full game should you decide to continue your adventures in post-outbreak New York.

The trial is available now for Xbox One and PC, and will be available March 9 on PS4.

If you keep playing, you'll be able to enjoy a bunch of features added by update 1.6, which includes a new Legendary difficulty, three new zones added to the Dark Zone (The Division's PvP area), balance tweaks to how health and armor work, and a whole lot more. You can read the full patch notes here (opens in new tab).

And if you're feeling really Division-y, today also marks the release of the game's third expansion, Last Stand. Last Stand is not only the name of said DLC, but also a new mode added to the Dark Zone. Two teams of 8 players each will need to secure and control three areas while completing various objectives and missions, first team to reach max score wins. Think of it kinda like a more complicated version of King of the Hill.

Last Stand also adds a new incursion (The Division's version of raids), Stolen Signal.

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