The closed beta for Tom Clancy’s The Division will begin January 28, according to Ubisoft‘s Ubiblog. But that’s just for Xbox One folks; PlayStation 4 and PC players will have to wait until January 29. The full game is scheduled to be released March 8.
Tom Clancy’s The Division is an open-world action RPG. It takes place after a pandemic hits New York City, causing the collapse of basic services. Chaos ensues, and then “The Division, an autonomous unit of tactical agents leading seemingly ordinary lives among us, is activated to save society.” Players form teams to try to find out what caused the virus and restore order.
According to Scott Butterworth at GameStop, The Division will play less like an MMO and more like a shooter. He compares the game to Destiny: “…you’ll only find large groups of random players in Destiny-style social hub areas that occupy small, specific pockets of the world map. For the majority of the game, you’ll simply partner with up to three co-op buddies and battle AI enemies across a series of discrete, story-driven missions.”
According to the website, the beta starts players off on Manhattan’s Chelsea Pier:”…the beta will take you through early story-driven missions that establish your foothold in New York. You’ll team up with other agents to battle for loot and outwit other agents in the PvP-enabled Dark Zone.”
The beta only runs a few days—until January 31—and access to beta codes is limited.
Detailed instructions for getting access to the beta are in the the official FAQ.