Tom Clancy is straight killin’ it out there, this time on the streets. The streets of mid-apocalyptic New York City, that is. The Division’s open beta wrapped up this weekend, and it sounds like Ubisoft is quite proud of the results.
Ubi wasn’t specific about whether these numbers reflected just the recent open beta, or encompassed both it and the earlier closed betas, but it’s probably safe to assume the latter. 6.4 million players jumped on the beta bandwagon, spending an average of 4 hours and 52 minutes with the game. Those sound like pretty solid beta numbers to me! A third of that playtime was spent in the Dark Zone, the Division’s PVP environment, which saw 2.5 million players turn on their fellow operatives.
While it’s called a beta, we all know this is a glorified demo (with maybe a bit of a server stress test thrown in). Still, it sounds like a successful go of it, and in fact Ubisoft is calling it “the biggest beta ever for a new IP on current generation platforms.” That’s a very specific, clause-heavy claim, but one the publisher is certainly happy to make.
Margus Jansen, the game’s creative director, had this to say: “We want to thank the millions of people who joined in on The Division’s Open Beta. We hope everybody enjoyed playing, and we think the beta is going to help ensure a great launch for the game. We’re looking forward to everyone getting their hands on the full game when The Division is released on March 8th.” That release will be hitting PS4, Xbox One, and of course the mighty personal computer.