UbiSoft is making sure that The Division is played properly by reviewers by not granting access prior to the game’s launch next week.
A statement from UbiSoft reads:
“Since it’s impossible for us to populate the servers in a way that would adequately replicate playing The Division on launch day, reviewers will start playing the game along with everyone else when it’s released on March 8 – after the servers go live officially at 00:01AM Australian Eastern Daylight Time (AEDT). We anticipate there may be some impressions posted online within the first few days of launch that were based on experiences with The Division Beta, and we look forward to seeing streams, videos, and opinions that provide accounts of final, in-game conditions.”
This is a wise decision, and here at PC Invasion we had already decided to not review it early if code had been made available. PC gamers have been stung too many times by early reviews for games where the online component is essential to the experience. The servers could crumble at launch for all we know so it’s best to wait.
With no reviews available, it might be an idea to hold off for a few days before deciding to buy the game.