Developer and publisher Ubisoft announces that the servers for its popular military action-MMO, The Division, go down for scheduled maintenance this evening.

Following The Division‘s launch day server problems, Ubisoft has now taken to the game’s official Twitter account to let its fans know that the title’s servers will go down for scheduled maintenance tonight in order for the development team to iron out some kinks in the system. According to the company, the downtime is set to last 2 hours in total.

As seen in the tweet below, The Division‘s servers will be offline starting at 10:00 PM PST. As of writing, that leaves would-be Agents with a few more hours to take part in the third-person shooter’s gameplay before the virtual streets of a post-pandemic Manhattan are briefly put out of commission.

We will perform a 2 hours server maintenance this Thursday at 07:00 CET / 01:00 AM EST / Wednesday 10:00 PM PST
— The Division (@TheDivisionGame) March 9, 2016

This will mark the first instance of likely many bouts of scheduled maintenance to come for The Division, for with the game’s roots being based in the action-MMO genre, Ubisoft will be required to update the title on a near-constant basis by way of patches and server refinements in order to ensure fans have seamless gameplay experiences. Plus, it’s good that the company is already working on some server issues now, especially with instances of multiple players reporting problems such as missing bonuses promised to them after placing pre-orders or from taking part in the alpha and open beta.

Beyond the shadow of a doubt, there will be some fans of The Division to lob complaints about the maintenance being an unfair nuisance that cuts into their play time, while several might even say Ubisoft should have guaranteed server issues wouldn’t be a problem within the launch week, both of which are fair grievances to a certain extent. However, since the game is always online, these kind of repairs were bound to crop up sooner or later, so on top of providing workarounds for present complications like griefers blocking doors and impeding mission progress, developers will hopefully be able to nip future hiccups in the bud as well.


Taking into consideration the fact that Ubisoft also recently announced The Division set a first day sales record for both retail copies and digital downloads for the publisher, it means that there will surely be a sizable portion of players taking a mandatory break from the game once maintenance begins. Plus, since press outlets weren’t given early access copies of the title, it’s possible that official reviews of the release will be pushed back just a smidge longer thanks to the downtime.

What do you think about The Division servers going down tonight for maintenance? Will the 2 hour block for repairs hinder your plans for the evening? If so, which game will you play to pass the time until the action-MMO goes back online? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section.

The Division is out now and is available for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.

Source: The Division – Twitter (via VG 24/7)