Ubisoft, the publishers of Division 2 has been really ambitious about the project. The company is keen on making it the best open world, a co-operative title that gamers could get into. Going by the results from the private beta, which got over recently, it looks like most are impressed by the massive world they have created.
Most gamers, streamers and people who had the chance to try the game can’t stop talking about how big the world is. It is originally set in Washington D.C. a real-world location but it looks like the game developers have made the world more expansive than it is in the United States which makes it more appealing as a game world. Players who had the chance to spend more than 15 hours in the game still feel that they couldn’t cover even half of it.
What Players Think About the Division 2 Private Beta
If you have had the chance to play Division 2 during the private beta which was hosted in the month of February, probably you don’t need to do this. You can directly wait for the open beta designed to let everyone on-board and play the game on a massive scale in the month of March. It also happens to be the same month when the game will officially get released.
Ubisoft has done a fantastic job and apart from playing the game ourselves on our massive gaming rigs, we also ensured we took opinion from lots of others on Twitter and other social media. It helped to understand the game world as a whole, how massive it is, some of the occasional bugs people came across and so on. Besides, it also served its purpose to know what PS4 and Xbox One owners feel about this current generation game.
It is an obvious fact that the game is going to look downgraded on old generation consoles because the developers had to ensure it provided the highest frame rates possible. During the majority of the private beta, you will find yourself running for cover and touching different spots in the large city. The shooting mechanism has undergone some improvement and taking down enemies is much more satisfying now.
Bringing Tom Clancy’s Ideas Back to Life
The Division deserves a special mention for bringing Tom Clancy’s ideas to life and creating a more addictive world rather than making it all about running and gunning. While the first part was set in New York city after biological warfare, the second one is more about rebuilding the city. The special forces are operating from the White House, helping citizens and protecting them against scavenger attacks.
There are different levels of the game. From a third-person perspective, you will simply be running and shooting down enemies using different guns. When you see from a bird’s eye view, you can see that there are lots of commandos and special forces working together to help rebuild the city. It is also about collecting resources, crafting items and getting more loot to survive, fight with vigor. If you love building your character, levelling up as you would do in Warcraft or a newer game like the Destiny 2, Division 2 is right at home for you all. Some may feel it is a lot of work to grind against AI enemies and search for loot all the time, but it might work out when they build the world with more items to explore.
Contents, Game Modes in The Division 2 Private Beta
The game is yet another open world, co-op title where you team up with friends and random people online, to go on missions. The main missions are definitely going to be the most fun of them all because they help progress the story forward, have great cut-scenes and reveal more of the campaign. However, you won’t be able to completely ignore the side missions, world events and helping civilians upgrade their settlements.
If you can manually strike a fine balance between doing main missions and occasionally riding to get more loot, build safe houses and level up your character, you will get the most out of the game. The most complex fight of them all will be the player versus player Conflict mode. Human players think differently and they could attack you in any direction, using different weapon combinations, unlike AI which is more predictable. You have to manually fight for drops in this mode and there is also another mode named Dark Zone which is much more competitive for those who want to feel the adrenaline rush through them.
Impressive Graphics on the Newest Consoles and PC
The Xbox One X and PlayStation 4 Pro are the most viable consoles to experience the best graphics on Division 2. The game looks absolutely breathtaking even though there is still a lot of work to do in the beta version. Besides, the game developers are focusing more on stress testing the servers and could have downgraded the visual fidelity to make it easily playable.
The Washington D.C. in the game is filled with overgrown plants, swamps and there is even a point when you come across a massive downpour with a thunderstorm. Everything looks beautiful on the PC and with more patches, after the game gets launched in March, players can expect better graphics, improved textures and definitely more stable frame rates for an immersive gaming experience.
Division 2 Strikes a Fine Balance Between Base Building and Fighting
The Settlements of civilians are fully upgradeable and apart from focusing on basics like food, shelter and clothing, you can actually help build the community. If there is something that really encouraged us to go on multiple side missions, it is the ability to use the reward points and items to make our base even better.
Instead of simply forcing you to shoot tactically to take enemies down and being the best Tom Clancy’s team could be, it introduces a whole new aspect to the game where you can choose to build your settlement if you like to. You can add lots of interesting cosmetic elements and locations so that more civilians would walk into your place. The concept may be nothing new for players who have played Fallout and even the mobile game Fallout Shelter, but introducing it into a fast-paced shooter makes it all the more interesting.
It is a team game at heart and many of the issues found in the original Division have been sorted out. The allies in the new game will help you if you use your flare gun. At some point, the enemies even behaved too smart because they will ensure you can’t stay in cover in the same spot for long and take them out all one by one. They will use grenades, drones and flank forcing you to use your best skills and weapons to kill them.
How Does the Game Feel as a Whole?
Division 2 is a massive and ambitious project by Ubisoft. Such games can become a phenomenon only if there are enough players online. The gaming world is moving towards free games on launch which should help get lots of players on-board as it did for the Apex from the developers of Titanfall.
While the sequel to Division is not going to be free, it promises a huge world for lots of players to get on-board and fight. The next question is how interesting the world is going to be in terms of main missions, side missions and the settlement upgrades they are going to offer in the full game.
It is up to the developers at Ubisoft to keep supporting the game and they have also confirmed that a couple of interesting game modes will be rolled out on launch. It should keep players busy with PvP, Dark Zone and the open world to explore with lots of missions. The public beta should give a better idea of the changes coming to the game when it gets released in the near future.
The Division 2 Open Beta Dates
Ubisoft has confirmed that the Open Beta dates for The Division 2 will be live on March 1st. The weekend from March 1st to March 4th will allow players on all platforms to get on-board to have a taste of the game even though it is not going to be cross-platform. A lot of players in the private beta complained about repetitive bugs for which the developers requested them to restart the game every few hours to get rid of such performance issues.
The open beta will go live on PC, PS4 and Xbox One platforms.
Official Release Date
The Division 2 by Ubisoft is officially set for release on March 15th, 2019.
Being one of the most ambitious projects by the company, it is also going to compete against EA’s Apex to get players interested in the massive world they have created. A big issue that publishers and developers face is to get enough players on-board to test the full potential of the game. We have the Destiny 2, Sea of Thieves and lots of Battle Royale games which Division 2 is going to go against.