The Division News

If you've had your watchful eye on The Division at all, but still haven't yet managed to put it through its paces, now's your chance - Ubisoft's multiplayer shooter is currently free to play on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC.

The Division's latest update adds Xbox One X enhancements, two new Global Events

Ubisoft's latest update for The Division, known as Update 1.8.1, has now released on Xbox One, PS4, and PC, bringing with it a range of tweaks and additions, including two new Global Events, and 4K support for Xbox One X.

The Division's two new Global Events are Blackout and Onslaught. The first is scheduled to begin at the end of April, with the second due to launch at the end of May.

In Blackout, agents are equipped with Shock Ammo that stuns enemies. By running and shooting, it's possible to increase your Charge meter, with more damage being dealt to opponents the greater the Charge.

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The Division 2 details leak online ahead of announcement

The Division 2 details leak online ahead of announcement

Sequel to launch after further updates to Division 1.

Ubisoft has had a surprise announcement of The Division 2 leaked after its press release popped up online, seemingly earlier than planned.

The announcement is fairly low-key - it's a pledge to keep The Division 1 updated for the foreseeable future (more on that in a moment) but that the team at Massive Entertainment is now working on a sequel.

The Division 2 will again run on the studio's own Snowdrop Engine, albeit an updated version.

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The Division update 1.7 adds global events and loot boxes

The Division update 1.7 adds global events and loot boxes

Reworks gear, adds face masks, lets you change your face.

Still playing The Division? If so, you should know its next big update drops tomorrow.

Update 1.7 adds new global events, with modifiers for the whole game, as well as activity modifiers for specific tasks. They sound like the modifiers and burns added to Destiny's weekly activities.

Word of loot boxes being added to the game is also tucked into the patch details. These "Encypted Caches" contain "exclusive emotes, outfits and skins" which can be purchased with "premium credits, or assembled from key fragments, which you can collect by completing commendations or killing named bosses".

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Ubisoft and The Division dev announce new Avatar video game

Ubisoft and The Division developer Massive Entertainment are making a new game set in James Cameron's Avatar world of Pandora. It's in partnership with Cameron's Lightstorm company and Fox.

There are no concrete details about the game only hyperbolic waffle about how excited everyone, including James Cameron, is. Apparently the partnership was agreed upon after Massive showed an early game prototype built on its Snowdrop engine.

Says Cameron in an announcement trailer: "With the power of Massive's Snowdrop game engine, and with the team's passion and obsessive focus on detail, we know they're the right group to bring the beauty and danger of Pandora to life."

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The Division's next big expansion is coming to PS4 and Xbox One at the same time

The Division's next big expansion is coming to PS4 and Xbox One at the same time

Last Stand buffs up the PvP in Ubisoft's open world shooter.

The Division's third big expansion, Last Stand, is coming out on PS4 and PC at the same time as Xbox One, following a period of timed exclusivity for Microsoft's console which covered the first two add-ons for Ubisoft's game.

Last Stand places a focus on the PvP in The Division, adding a new separate game mode away from the Dark Zone where players previously fought each other. 'Last Stand is session based and features clear objectives and win conditions, while still incorporating aspects of the Dark Zone such as PvE enemies and Landmarks,' reads the official blurb on Ubisoft's blog detailing the expansion.

Players will need to be at Level 30 to get in on the Last Stand expansion, and the PvP modes will be 4v4 with teams working to control capture points in matches that last a maximum of 20 minutes. The Division's twist on a staple multiplayer mode is that NPC enemies will be patrolling the maps, guarding capture points and awarding points themselves when downed.

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Best-selling Steam games of 2016 revealed

Mix of old and new, big and small.

Happy New Year! Valve has revealed the top 100 best selling games on Steam in 2016. And given the size and dominance of Steam in the desktop gaming marketplace, the results are worth noting.

The Division's next big expansion adds survival mechanics

The Division's next big expansion, which we already knew after its announcement at E3 would be called Survival, lives up to its name with the introduction of survival mechanics as part of an all-new game mode.

Ubisoft announced further details on the paid expansion during a surprise livestream today (watched by an attentive Kotaku), which revealed the expansion will drop 24 players into a snow-covered instance of The Division's map, stripping them of their high level gear and tasking them to get to the centre of the map. There in the Dark Zone they can find antiviral drugs that can cure their sickness - with players also having to manage hunger, thirst and keeping on top of their illness as they build up a tolerance to medication. Sounds fun?

The mode will be available in both PvE and PvP flavours, and if you're downed in either mode without a teammate nearby to revive you you could be kicked out of the session. A session looks to have an upper limit of two hours - at least that's how long you're expected to survive before your sickness kills you.

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The Division 1.4 patch reinvents the game's single-player

Remember The Division? It feels like longer ago than March it launched and everyone got stuck in that door. While some hardcore players are still grinding away, many who tried The Division have since moved on.

Well, judging by the scope of Ubisoft's massive new patch, the developer is hoping you might fancy coming back for another go.

Simply put, the update - numbered 1.4 - is enormous.

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Big changes are coming to The Division

Ubisoft wants to bring back "the shooter feeling".

The Division, Ubisoft's big online multiplayer-focused third-person shooter, burned brightly at launch but quickly faded as a myriad of gameplay, performance and technical issues left players feeling disillusioned.

Ubisoft announces The Division film starring Jake Gyllenhaal

Ubisoft announces The Division film starring Jake Gyllenhaal

And Zero Dark Thirty's Jessica Chastain.

A film version of Ubisoft's The Division is on the way, starring Donnie Darko's Jake Gyllenhaal and Interstellar's Jessica Chastain.

The duo will also help develop the film - both of their own production companies are involved.

It still sounds like early days. Ubisoft's press release suggests the project has yet to pin down a story.

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Last month we reported that Donnie Dark and Brokeback Mountain actor Jake Gyllenhaal would be playing the lead in a film adaptation of Tom Clancy's The Division. Now it's looking like he may be joined by Zero Dark Thirty and Interstellar star Jessica Chastain.

The Division's major Survival expansion teased

The Division's major Survival expansion teased

Plus, a Splinter Cell outfit.

The Division's second big expansion, Survival, sees players take to a new blizzard-filled environment. The enemies are tougher, the environment is harsher, but you must persevere for the sake of a possible cure for the game's pandemic.

Details are thin on the ground, but it will be coming soon - and first to Xbox One and PC, as is the norm.

Before that, The Division's Underground expansion arrives later this month. It also includes Ghost Recon Wildlands, Splinter Cell and Rainbow Six Siege outfits for your character to download via Ubisoft Club.

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The Division fixes a major bug in today's big Conflict update

The Division fixes a major bug in today's big Conflict update

Patch 1.2 also brings new Incursion, Dark Zone loot hijacking.

The Division's long-promised 1.2 game update lands today, bringing with it new activities, fresh gear and a second end-game Incursion mission.

There's also a nifty new mechanic where you can nab Dark Zone loot from those around you after it has been tied to the extraction helicopter.

But, for fans, one of the patch's most welcome additions will likely be the raft of bug fixes it also brings.

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The Division's next free update, Conflict, is due next week

The Division's second of two free content updates, Conflict, will arrive on 24th May for PS4, Xbox One and PC and developer Ubisoft has outlined exactly what it entails.

Conflict adds Clear Sky, a new Incursion in Columbus Circle in which players fight escaped Rikers inmates to take back an anti-air missile site.

The free update will also add high-value targets (HVT). These high-level targets must be eliminated within a limited timeframe and you only get once chance to tackle them. You'll get a list of these HVT by speaking to the HVT officer in your base, who will offer a suggested gear score you should have before tackling these targets.

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UPDATE 25/4/16 9.45am We've since learned the enemy AI glitch reported by some players and mentioned below does not work after all. But that's not to say the game is now working as intended - far from it. Here's a rundown of all The Division glitches, as collated by the community.

The Division's huge new update detailed in full

The Division's huge new update detailed in full

Adds Gear Score, gear sets and bounty-like assignments.

Ubisoft has detailed the full patch notes for The Division's update 1.1, which is set to go live next Tuesday, 12th April.

There's the headline features we already know about: the game's first raid, or "incursion" activity for four players with characters at the current level cap, 30.

And there's the ability to trade items between players in your group - you just drop them on the ground.

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The Division's first big update looks to fix the Dark Zone

The Division's first big update looks to fix the Dark Zone

Rewards for going Rogue tweaked, plenty more fixes detailed.

Ubisoft has revealed full details of the first significant update for The Division, with the headline tweaks looking set to make the Dark Zone a more tantalising place for end-game players.

In the days since The Division launch, players who raced to the level cap found that the Dark Zone - the game's PvP space - was lacking, with little incentive for players to fight each other and poor rewards for those looking to acquire Phoenix Credits, the end-game currency required for acquiring high level gear.

Update 1.0.2 increases the amount of Phoenix Credits dropped by high level enemies, and the tweaks the rewards associated with players going Rogue. The full list of Dark Zone tweaks can be found below, while if you're after the full list of changes you can find them at Ubisoft's official blog. Update 1.0.2 is due to be implemented during server maintenance scheduled for tomorrow.

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The Division is UK's biggest ever Q1 launch

The Division is the UK's biggest ever game launch during the first three months of any year.

The online shooter's arrival last week was the biggest Q1 debut for any game since previous record holder, PS2 racer Gran Turismo 4 back in 2005.

Ubisoft previously said that The Division was its biggest ever game launch worldwide full stop.

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The Division is Ubisoft's biggest ever launch

The Division is Ubisoft's biggest ever launch

But not bigger than Destiny.

The Division has sold more copies in 24 hours than any other game in Ubisoft's history.

Ubisoft trumpeted the news in a blog post last night, but did not claim The Division had won the most sales of any new game in a new franchise in a 24 hour period - that record still belongs to Destiny.

But Ubisoft has now laid claim to three of the top four most successful new game brand launches in the history of gaming - the other three behind Bungie's shooter.

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The Division's first two paid expansions have 30-day Xbox exclusivity

The Division's first two paid expansions have 30-day Xbox exclusivity

But the third one launches simultaneously on all platforms.

The Division is getting three paid DLC expansions, though it turns out only the first two of these have 30-day Xbox exclusivity.

As detailed on the Ubisoft Blog, the first paid expansion, Underground, tasks players with tracking down enemies in what's ostensibly a new map of subway tunnels. The second paid expansion, Survival, "tests players' ability to survive and gather crucial supplies in an incredibly hostile environment." Sounds like it might be some sort of "horde" mode where you fight impending waves of enemies.

The final paid expansion, The Last Stand, will launch simultaneously on all platforms "next winter".

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The Division beta sets record with 6.4m players

Tom Clancy's The Division beta was played by 6.4m players this weekend, setting a new record for betas of new IPs on current-gen platforms.

To put this in perspective, Destiny's beta was played by 4.6m players.

Of course, when Destiny's beta launched in July 2014 far fewer people had PS4s and Xbox Ones. It also wasn't available on PC, like The Division was.

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What's new in The Division open beta

What's new in The Division open beta

Subway morgue mission! New faction! More!

The Division's open beta is live right now on Xbox One, while the doors will open on PC and PlayStation 4 from tomorrow, 19th February.

This may be your first taste of The Division. Or, if you tried the game's closed beta, it may be a welcome return. Either way, here's what you should know about The Division's latest changes.

The open beta's biggest addition is of the main game's second mission, Subway Morgue, which introduces a new faction: The Cleaners.

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The Division open beta available for early download now

The Division open beta available for early download now

Nab the 26GB client before doors open.

The Division's open beta doesn't begin until later this week, but you can now download its client to your console and be ready as soon as its doors open.

Ubisoft's beta officially launches tomorrow, 18th February, for Xbox One owners and the day after for everyone on PC and PlayStation 4. The testing period will then continue until Sunday, 21st February.

The beta client is a fairly hefty download, so here are the links to get it downloading straight away, for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

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The Division open beta dates, details

The Division open beta dates, details

Expands on closed beta with second story mission.

Ubisoft will throw The Division's doors open for everyone to try later this month.

As previously leaked by Microsoft, the open beta will be held from the 18th-21st February on Xbox One, and from 19th-21st February on PC and PlayStation 4.

Anyone will be able to try Ubisoft's ambitious online shooter during this time, and helpfully you'll be able to download the game's client from 16th February (for the closed beta it was around 27GGB).

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The Division trailer outlines its skill system in under three minutes

Curious about The Division, but still trying to sort out exactly what it is? Well here's Ubisoft to break down the basic components of its skill system in just over two-and-a-half minutes.

Players must choose between 12 skills, split between three categories: Medical, Technical and Security.

Examples include the Medical skill Pulse, which highlights enemies through walls and obstacle. Technical skill Sticky Bomb is self explanatory, and Security skill Ballistic Shield offers portable cover of sorts.

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Looks like The Division will get an open beta this month

Xbox Italy's official Facebook page has details of an open beta for The Division.

Ubisoft's online shooter will throw its doors open to the public from 16th to 21st February, the page has detailed.

This second beta test (the first to be public) has yet to be officially announced, so things may still change - although Microsoft should probably know what's what.

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The Division beta PC players are giving themselves godlike powers

The Division beta PC players are giving themselves godlike powers

UPDATE: Ubisoft vows to thwart cheaters before the game comes out.

UPDATE 2nd Feb 2016: Ubisoft has vowed to thwart The Division cheaters ahead of the game's launch in March.

In a statement published to the Ubisoft forum, the company addressed cheating in the closed beta, which we covered in detail below.

Ubisoft said there will be a system in place to block cheaters by the time the game comes out, although it stopped short of explaining how it would work. Here's the statement:

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The Division beta rolls on for another night

The Division beta rolls on for another night

Ubisoft extends testing period until 11am Tuesday.

There's good news for anyone with access to The Division's current beta: Ubisoft has extended its duration until 11am tomorrow, 2nd February.

Still levelling up your DZXP? You now have 24 hours extra to do so, although it's worth remembering your character and progress do not carry over to the final game.

And for those still waiting on entry, Ubisoft has said it is opening up a fresh wave of keys for people who've signed up online.

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Digital FoundryThe Division has graphics settings we're not used to seeing on console

UPDATE: Ubisoft Massive discuss further console settings that could improve performance.

UPDATE 7/2/16 12:15pm: A recent Q&A session with Ubisoft Massive reveals that final PlayStation 4 and Xbox One builds of The Division could feature even more graphics settings. A developer revealed it's possible to tweak the game's lighting to improve frame-rates. In theory, this will let users balance the visuals and performance as they please.

PlayStation 4 players can download The Division beta now using this one weird trick

UPDATE 28/1/16 1.55pm: Pre-orders for The Division no longer grant access to the game's closed beta.

We discovered the change while attempting "this one weird trick" on another of our office's machines today.

Ubisoft has not yet commented on the change to its policy - although the number of people pre-ordering then cancelling their Division pre-orders just to gain beta access is likely the cause.

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Since Ubisoft revealed The Division back at E3 in 2013, there have been plenty of questions whizzing around it - and when we first set eyes on it, we weren't quite sure whether the ambitious open-world shooter with MMO tendencies would be subscription-based or a boxed release.

The Division beta gets January launch date

The Division beta gets January launch date

One day earlier on Xbox One.

The Division's beta will run from 28th-31st January on Xbox One, Ubisoft has announced.

PC and PlayStation 4 owners then get the beta from 29th-31st January - so a day less in total.

Ubisoft just revealed the dates via The Division's Twitter page. Access is open to everyone who has pre-ordered the game, as well as folk who sign up to the waiting list on Ubisoft's site.

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Tom Clancy's The Division trailer leaks new gameplay footage

Tom Clancy's The Division trailer leaks new gameplay footage

UPDATE: Video de-quarantined by Ubisoft.

UPDATE 13/1/16 8.45am: Here's yesterday's leaked trailer, now in officially published Ubisoft-o-vision:

ORIGINAL STORY 12/1/16 3.05pm: It's been a long wait for The Division, but now - eight weeks from release - Ubisoft looks set to finally draw back the curtain on its post-apocalyptic online shooter.

A new Italian trailer for the game popped up online this afternoon and was quickly pulled - but not before it was hosted elsewhere.

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The Division beta delayed from December to early 2016

The Division beta delayed from December to early 2016

But there's an Xbox One-exclusive closed alpha this week.

Ubisoft has delayed its beta for Tom Clancy's The Division. The test was due to run this month, but will now take place in "early 2016".

However, a limited, closed alpha test will instead take place this week - but only on Xbox One.

Pre-order customers will be the first to receive invites. Then, other users who registered via Ubisoft's website may get invites as needed.

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The Division's companion app has been canned

It "created an imbalance".

Tom Clancy's The Division was going to ship with a companion app on mobile devices that would allow players on the go to interact with their friends playing the main game. That feature has been nixed.

The Division release date set for March

The Division release date set for March

Beta later this year on Xbox One.

Tom Clancy's The Division will be released on PS4, Xbox One and PC simultaneously on 8th March 2016, Ubisoft announced at its E3 press conference.

A beta will be available later this year on Xbox One before arriving on PS4 and PC in early 2016.

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The Division set for an early 2016 release

Unannounced "triple-A title" teased for same window.

Ubisoft's upcoming post-apocalyptic survival game, Tom Clancy's The Division, has been delayed. It's now targeting an early 2016 release, Ubisoft revealed in its most recent financial report.

Tom Clancy's The Division footage shown off

Ubisoft sprouts a new look at the Snowdrop engine.

Ubisoft has shown off a new look at its impressive Snowdrop engine, which is currently in development for PC and next-gen online shooter Tom Clancy's The Division.

Ubisoft quiet on The Division delay report

Hope the wait's not too Massive.

The Division publisher Ubisoft has remained tight-lipped on the game's launch date despite a recent report that suggested the post-apocalyptic shooter will be delayed into 2015.

Author Tom Clancy dies, aged 66

Prolific writer whose work inspired dozens of games, passes away in Baltimore hospital.

Tom Clancy, the prolific author of best-selling espionage thrillers, has died at the age of 66, his publisher has confirmed. Clancy passed away in a Baltimore hospital close to his home in Maryland.

Ubisoft confirms Tom Clancy's The Division for PC

Ubisoft confirms Tom Clancy's The Division for PC

Xbox One exclusive content announced, companion gaming detailed.

Ubisoft Massive has announced that next-gen online shooter Tom Clancy's The Division will be available on PC as well as PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

The PC version was confirmed this morning by the game's executive producer Fredrik Rundqvist on YouTube.

"Since E3 we've been carefully listening to what's been said on the internet. We've read your posts and discussions, and I can't enough stress how important it has been for us to feel your support and commitment to the game.

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The Division to launch towards the end of 2014

The Division to launch towards the end of 2014

Ubisoft expects Watch Dogs to sell over 6 million copies.

Eye-catching PlayStation 4 and Xbox One open-world game The Division will launch towards the end of 2014, Ubisoft has said.

The game's release window was narrowed by Ubisoft boss Yves Guillemot during an investor call last night.

The Crew, a co-production between Ivory Tower and Ubisoft Reflections, is nearer release. Ubisoft expects it to launch during Q1 2014 - so, by April next year.

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