Up For Debate - Will The Division Closed Beta Be Able To Cope With The Surge Of Players

Written by Stuart Thomas on Fri, Jan 29, 2016 10:18 AM
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You may have noticed yesterday evening that Nvidia waited until the last minute to have a massive (now expired) key giveaway for The Division. Getting hold of that beta key and trying to redeem it in Uplay was like a game in itself. Not a very good one though, admittedly. Sites slowed to a crawl, Uplay decided to bug out, and it gave us a little taste of what to expect when The Division’s beta actually goes live.

As I write this there’s a countdown going on live on The Division’s site, with the beta opening its doors to one and all at midday GMT. But based on what we’ve seen, will Ubisoft even be able to handle the crush in demand?

I’m a regular Rainbow Six Siege player and, over two months since its launch, I’m still experiencing some fairly major problems with the online matchmaking. Last night I waited close to 20 minutes to find a ranked game. It doesn’t exactly fill you with confidence that Ubisoft will be able to handle the online component of a game which has a far greater deal of interest, does it?

We’re ready to dive into post-disaster New York from the moment the clock strikes 12, as are plenty of you hopefully, but what time do you think it will actually be before you can squeeze through Ubisoft’s authentication process and make it online?

Will The Division’s Closed Beta be a day one disaster? Is this one best avoided until the hype dies down? Let us know what you think!

How do you think the closed beta will fare?

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05:33 Jan-30-2016

So far, servers have been surprisingly great. Only issue I had was I fell through the map once, but for a beta, it's very good.
Game's fun too.

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03:27 Feb-01-2016

yea thats what i thought but except i dont really like this game they made it (to me) like a idk too much rpg but then thats just me it was fun in all but just

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03:27 Feb-01-2016

for me

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16:38 Jan-29-2016

WORKS lol but seriously runs fine gameplay is smooth and fluid getting 45 ish fps on medium high

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17:29 Jan-29-2016

lucky u I get like 25 fps on medium with my rig

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19:41 Jan-29-2016

how if your gpu and cpu are better than mine

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22:36 Jan-29-2016

did you update drivers

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02:16 Feb-01-2016

hahahahahahahahaaha funny

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16:18 Jan-29-2016

That's the reason beta keys are paid...to reduce number of players....but Ubi usually handle their games extremely well up until launch....so i don't foresee an issue

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15:03 Jan-29-2016

I just tried to play and got errors (after watching the beta gameplay tips) that the servers are unavailable. Will try again later.

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14:39 Jan-29-2016

The beta worked fine for me. No problems whatsoever, except for one time where I fell through the map but that's why it's a beta.

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11:21 Jan-29-2016

with ubi's track record servers have a very low likelihood of staying up.my advice is to wait.

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18:44 Feb-01-2016

Servers are great. Stayed up.

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11:08 Jan-29-2016

hope it will not be like blade and souls launch :p

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10:49 Jan-29-2016

Is this not why companies making online games should have Betas? It's not going to be a "day one disaster" because it's not even the full game. It's not being released fully. The purpose of the Beta will be to stress test, and in fact, if there are server issues, that's exactly what the Beta is here to find out.


It means that when the game is released, the servers should work fine.

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11:14 Jan-29-2016

I agree, but I think if you choose to sell keys in a bundle, you set expectations.

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12:13 Jan-29-2016

To even sell the key for beta is outrageous policy!!! What's next? Paying for screen shots?

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