Early access? What early access?
We hope the betas for Tom Clancy’s The Division convinced you of its competence because Ubisoft has announced that reviews for the shooter will be going live on launch day itself.
The reasoning, as explained in this Ubisoft blog post, is that, “Since it’s impossible for us to populate the servers in a way that would adequately replicate playing The Division on launch day, reviewers will start playing the game along with everyone else when it’s released on March 8 – after the servers go live officially at 00:01AM Australian Eastern Daylight Time (AEDT).
“We anticipate there may be some impressions posted online within the first few days of launch that were based on experiences with The Division Beta, and we look forward to seeing streams, videos, and opinions that provide accounts of final, in-game conditions.”
The same situation occurred with Destiny and The Crew and it’s pretty much a given for every online-focused title. Regardless, given the debacle that was Destiny‘s launch, it’s easy to see why one should be wary.
The Division is out on March 8th for Xbox One, PS4 and PC. Check out the starting times per region and platform here.