The Division 2 beta will allowing you to get hands-on with Ubisoft's open-world multiplayer shooter ahead of its release date next year.

Those who followed the original will notice this is familiar territory, and though details on the sequel's beta are light, there is some educated guesses we can make based on what happened last time.

Here's everything we know so far on The Division 2 beta - including how you can register your interest off the back of E3 2018 conferences.

The Division 2 beta sign ups explained

As of E3 2018, Ubisoft has opened up The Division 2 beta sign-ups as part of its official site.

The process has several steps. First, select which platform you'd like to play the beta on - PlayStation 4, Xbox One or PC. When you proceed, you're then asked to sign into your Uplay account.

After you've confirmed your email address, then you've registered your interest.

It should be noted this won't guarantee beta access. Ubisoft hasn't confirmed specifically how invites will work, but signing up nice and early should improve your chances when the time comes.

Though Ubisoft hasn't confirmed this for the sequel, the original The Division provided access for those pre-ordering the game, and there's a decent chance it'll the same this time.

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What will the The Division 2 beta be like?

Ubisoft hasn't confirmed any specifics about The Division 2 beta, but by looking at the beta for the original - which set huge player records for the time - we have some educated guesses on what we might expect.

The original beta featured a gameplay segment close to the start of the game, and featured a handful of story missions with the ability to play in four player co-op. It also featured The Dark Zone, The Division's take on a player-versus-player zone. The sequel will probably do something similar.

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A weapon skin was offered as a bonus for the first Division beta. Will the sequel offer something similar?

Meanwhile, playing the original beta unlocked a Weapon skin - for the SIG 556 - for the final game. Again, we might see the same again for The Division 2.

As for the start date, this is all Ubisoft has said so far: "While the game is releasing in March 2019, you will have a chance to begin your mission early during the game's upcoming beta."

So not much there, then - "early" is obvious, but how early is unknown. The beta for the first game debuted in January before the game's launch in March. With the sequel also launching in March, similar timing might be on the cards.

Another tidbit - the original beta received a 24 hour headstart on Xbox One. With the sequel's first gameplay debuting at Xbox's E3 press conference, there's a chance a similar partnership could also be in place - though obviously nothing confirmed just yet.

Everything else you need to know about The Division 2 release date and more

Fresh off its full reveal during E3 2018, we know the first details about The Division 2, including:

  • A new location, shifting from New York City to Washington D.C.
  • It's not just a location change, but a seasonal one - moving from a snowy winter to the summer.

  • There were a few confirmed locations - an overgrown zoo where survivors of the series' smallpox plague were sheltering, through to streets surrounding the Capitol building and a glimpse of a crashed Air Force One.
  • A release date of March 15th, 2019 on all three platforms - PS4, Xbox One and PC.

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