The Division 2

The Division 2 manages to improve upon the original formula in almost every way, but its tale and tone are frequently awful.

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The Division 2 physical launch sales just 20% of Division 1's

The Division 2 sold far fewer physical copies during its launch week than the series' first entry, back in 2016.

Ubisoft's latest Tom Clancy-'em-up shifted just 20 per cent of the boxed copies of its predecessor. As ever, UK numbers do not include digital sales.

So why the huge plummet? Well, Division 1 launched on a Tuesday in the UK, compared to Division 2's Friday arrival. The first game had a little longer to rack up numbers.

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Tom Clancy's The Division 2 review - an accomplished sequel with an awful story

There are a few things you can count on me to be embarrassed by on any given day - my beer gut, for example, or the time I called my teacher 'mum' when I was six. One of the things embarrassing me most at the moment is how much I like The Division 2, because it is a game that manages to be both great and repugnant.

The Division 2 review

Developer: Ubisoft Massive/Ubisoft Reflections

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The Division 2 delivers impressive tech and good performance on all systems

After an extensive

type="ext">beta test, The Division 2 has finally launched. All versions are available for testing and the overall impression is that, similar to its first title, Ubisoft Massive has handed in a successful multi-platform project - accomplished all on all consoles, with PC once again delivering a huge suite of options.

It's been three years since the original launch of The Division; technology has evolved with the sequel, and Massive still delivers a pleasantly clean and crisp look to the game, with Xbox One X operating at native 4K - 3840x2160 - a significant achievement for this advanced engine. Dynamic resolution scaling is a feature of the Snowdrop engine and was deployed in the first game, but despite a number of sample tests, everything we looked at here presents at a full ultra HD pixel count. Perhaps it kicks in during heavier scenes we've not witnessed yet, but so far, everything effectively points to a native 4K release.

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The Division 2's day one patch is 90GB for physical edition owners on PS4

Ubisoft's online shooter sequel The Division 2 is mere days away from its March 15th launch now, but PS4 owners might want to prepare themselves for a bit of an extended wait before play can commence; the game's day one update on PS4 will weigh in at a mammoth 90GB.

That's according to a new official support page (as spotted by Game Informer) in which Ubisoft warns PS4 players who've opted to purchase The Division 2's physical edition that they should expect an 88-92GB download on launch day. "If you purchased a physical copy of the game, begin installing from the disc," it explains. "Provided you are online, your console will simultaneously download Title Update 1 while you install it."

Ubisoft also notes that the the final HDD install size on PS4 will be between 88-92GB, for both the digital and disc versions. In other words, it sounds like physical owners are essentially being asked to download the entire game from scratch when release day comes.

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Win an Xbox One X or PS4 Pro with the Division 2

Upload Dark Zone gameplay clips from this weekend's beta to win.

Hello. Happy Friday! This weekend brings the open beta for Ubisoft's loot shooter The Division 2 - it's live now, and will remain so until 9am on Monday.

Ubisoft details The Division 2's first year of free content updates

The Division 2's launch on Xbox One, PS4, and PC is only a few weeks away and, in preparation, Ubisoft has detailed the game's first year of free post-launch content updates.

In a masterstroke of imagination, Ubisoft is calling The Division 2's first year of content updates Year 1 - and this will bring a combination of new features, new episodes, and new specialisations, all free to all players.

Soon after launch, The Division 2 will introduce a new Black Tusk Faction Stronghold known as Tidal Basin, alongside Operation Dark Hours, the series' first 8-player raid.

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The Division 2's open beta dated for March

The Division 2's open beta dated for March

On PS4, Xbox One, and PC.

Hot on the heels of the Division 2's recent private beta, Ubisoft has announced that it's holding an open beta, so that anyone may sample the online shooter's wares, this March.

More specifically, The Division 2's open beta will run from March 1st until March 4th, and will be available to all players on Xbox One, PS4, and PC.

Ubisoft hasn't yet detailed the activities to be featured in the the open beta, but, by way of comparison, The Division 2's recent private beta offered players the chance to try out the Grand Washington Hotel and Jefferson Trade Center story missions, a number of side missions, and a new Dark Zone area. It also featured a smattering of PvP, including Skirmish mode, plus some end-game content in the form of an Invaded mission and three character specialisations.

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We've got 3000 keys for this weekend's Division 2 beta to give away

If you've pre-ordered The Division 2, you'll already have access to a private beta for Ubisoft Massive's online action game that's running over this weekend. But if you haven't, we can help you out. The Gamer Network collective has 3000 keys for the beta to give away.

To register for a chance to win one of the keys, head over to the Dark Zone site and enter the access code, which has just been revealed in a stream hosted by our friends Outside Xbox and Arekkz.

That code is 954133.

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Ubisoft advises you restart The Division 2 beta "every two to three hours" to avoid crashing

You'll want to restart The Division 2's private beta client every couple of hours to avoid crashing, Ubisoft has warned.

The beta represents an unfinished version of the game, of course, so you should expect some bugs - but Ubisoft has today issued a blog post advising players to be careful with two big ones in particular.

"We are aware of an issue where your game client will crash after an extended gameplay session," Ubisoft wrote. "To circumvent this, we recommend that you restart your game client every two to three hours.

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The Dark Zone was easily the most memorable thing about Tom Clancy's The Division when it launched in 2016. Never knowing whether another squad of agents was going to leave you to enjoy your hard-earned PvE loot or kill you and take it for themselves was a constant source of tension - something no multiplayer game has quite managed to recreate since.

The Division 2's private beta gets a February start-date on Xbox One, PS4, and PC

Ubisoft has announced that its upcoming private beta for Tom Clancy's The Division 2 will begin early next month on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC.

More specifically, The Division 2's private beta will run from Thursday, February 7th, to Monday, February 11th in Europe. And given that the game launches just over a month later, this is presumably a "beta" in the new-fangled sense of the word.

According to Ubisoft, there are two ways in which interested parties can get involved. Those that pre-order the game are guaranteed access to the private beta, while everyone else can register to play via The Division 2's website. The publisher notes, however, that places are limited and "invites to registered players will be sent based on the available space".

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How do you duck a question about the politics of a game which pits a citizen militia against a corrupt government in modern-day Washington DC? Well, you could start by talking about the weather. "I loved the coldness of the first game, and to be able to go to DC and actually get to feel the humidity and hot summer of East Coast weather," The Division 2's creative director Terry Spiers remarked to Polygon at E3, when pressed about what it meant to stage an armed uprising in the capital of his own country. "That's what I'm most excited about."