Developers at Ubisoft Massive announce that the public test servers for its third-person shooter Tom Clancy's The Division receive a delay from the original launch date.
According to a recent a blog post from the team at Ubisoft Massive, the upcoming Special Report broadcast on Tom Clancy's The Division's Update 1.4, which was originally scheduled for September 13, has been postponed due the developer not being "able to show all of the content [it] would like to." Not only has the Special Report been delayed, but also the release of the game's previously announced public test server to offer early access for players to check out new features in updates has gotten pushed back as well, as it isn't ready for its originally announced release of this Thursday, September 15.
Although the Special Report broadcast for The Division is getting delayed, Ubisoft Massive has confirmed that the title's weekly State of the Game briefing will continue as planned for later this week. During this particular livestream, the action-RPG's developers are set to give would-be Agents a better understanding of "more concrete solutions that will be present in Update 1.4."
As far as The Division's public test server is concerned, Ubisoft Massive has stated that the delay comes down to the studio requiring more time to put in "key elements that are critical to the overall Update 1.4 experience." Unfortunately, though, the developer didn't provide a date as to when fans should expect the public test server to officially go live.
These are simply the latest instances of the holdups involving The Division's content. For instance, just last month, it was revealed that the game's next expansions have been delayed due to "lingering issues," but there's still been no word as to exactly when the last two pieces of post-launch materials are to be released. Now, fans have to be on their toes for any announcements involving the DLC, as the Survival expansion currently has a launch scheduled for sometime later this year, while Last Stand will now be put out in early 2017 instead of during the originally revealed release window of the 2016 holiday season.
Of course, one can only hope that Ubisoft Massive is able to make the public test servers available for players to submit feedback on problems before the official launches of the expansions of Survival and Last Stand. After all, it's a safe assumption to make that none of The Division's fans want to have experiences similar to the Underground DLC's release issues on day one. Furthermore, developers have said that Update 1.4 addresses The Division's "most pressing issues," so with any luck, the title's add-ons, as well as the base game, will become more stable than ever when the patch and expansions become available.
What do you think about The Division's public test servers being delayed? Is it a good sign that Ubisoft Massive is taking its time with further development, or is it indicative of a game that may not be able to be fully fixed? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.
Tom Clancy's The Division is available for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.