The Division 2 beta will allowing you to get hands-on with Ubisoft's open-world multiplayer shooter ahead of its release date on March 15th.

The Division 2 closed beta has been and gone - if you couldn't get beta access before, thankfully The Division 2 open beta is free for all to join.

Here's everything we know so far - including The Division 2 beta dates and beta access.

The Division 2 beta start date

Ubisoft has announced The Division 2 beta dates on all platforms - PS4, Xbox One and PC - will take place between Friday, March 1st and Monday, March 4th.

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The closed beta dates were previously in mid-February, and had the following The Division 2 beta start times, end times and pre-load times - and though not confirmed, chances are they will be the same for the open beta too:

  • UK: 9am (GMT)
  • Europe: 10am (CET)
  • East Coast US: 4am (EDT)
  • West Coast US: 1am (PDT)

How to get The Division 2 beta access

The Division 2 open beta access will be available to everyone who downloads it - no need to get a beta code as with the closed beta.

If you were curious as to how the closed beta worked, you could do so from one of the following methods:

  • Pre-ordering The Division 2
  • The Division 2 beta sign-ups on the official site
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What will be featured in The Division 2 beta?

Though Ubisoft hasn't confirmed what's in the open beta, it's highly likely it'll be the same as the contents of the closed The Division 2 beta:

  • Two main story missions (playable in Normal and Hard)
  • Five side missions and other activities in the open world
  • One out of the three Dark Zones playable
  • PvP in Conflict mode Skirmish
  • One Invaded mission (end-game content) and a level cap of 30 with new Survivalist, Sharpshooter and Demolitionist specialisations from Friday, February 8th from 4pm GMT
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How does this size up to the beta from the original game? That 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.

Everything else you need to know about The Division 2

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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