If you were eagerly anticipating reviews for Tom Clancy’s The Division then I’m afraid I’ve got some bad news. Gamers will have to wait for reviews until after the highly anticipated third-person shooter releases on March 8, as Ubisoft won’t allow reviewers to play the final version of the game until it releases to the public. The French publisher explained their decision on their blog by saying that it’s impossible to “populate the servers in a way that would adequately replicate playing [the game].”
This situation probably sounds familiar because Activison took a similar approach in 2014 with the launch of Destiny. Reviewers were unable to play the game until it was in the hands of consumers, and Bungie’s first-person shooter was universally criticized for a lack of content. While it’s impossible to know if The Division will suffer from the same fate, there’s no doubting that this is not a consumer-friendly practice.
In more positive news, Ubisoft also released the game’s launch trailer. It’s a grim looking view into the world that The Division takes place in, and it’s just as impressive as the other pre-release marketing for what is set to be one of 2016’s biggest games.
Check out the full trailer below:
Despite Ubisoft’s decision to hold back reviewer’s access to The Division being highly disappointing, it probably won’t have much of an effect. While forum threads are filled with anger, there is no doubt that pre-orders are already put in, and it’ll have a hugely successful launch. Destiny showed that no matter how anti-consumer a review set-up is, most people will still plop down their $60 at launch.
That said, we’re hopeful that Tom Clancy’s The Division will fulfill its promise. We’ll know soon enough if it’s a success or bust as the third-person shooter releases March 8 on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.