The Beta test for Ubisoft’s upcoming shooter The Division has been delayed from this December to early 2016. However, the news of the Beta’s delay, via the UbiBlog, comes with the announcement of a closed Xbox One alpha test running this week from 4AM EST on December 9 to 3AM EST on December 12.
Players who have pre-ordered The Division on Xbox One will be given priority access to the closed alpha test, while everyone who pre-ordered on their respective platforms will still have access to next year’s closed beta.
The Xbox One alpha test will be the first time the public gets to play a version of The Division that includes more than the DarkZone PvP areas. At the various expos and tradeshows this year, only the DarkZone has been available. Ubisoft writes “This means the moment you and other players sign into the game, you’ll be giving us valuable insight into how our infrastructure performs under pressure that we can’t replicate internally or at a tradeshow. This process allows us to monitor and gather additional feedback on other aspects of The Division, as well.”
Be warned though, to participate in the alpha players will have to sign a Non-Disclosure Agreement which asks them not to capture gameplay footage, post images or discuss the alpha outside of the alpha forums (think of it like a video game Fight Club).
The alpha test download size will be 23.2 G.
The Division will be released worldwide on March 8, 2016 for Xbox One, PC and PlayStation 4.