The developers at Ubisoft Massive plan to launch a server to provide players of Tom Clancy's The Division early access to any forthcoming updates for the game.
In a blog post published today, Ubisoft Massive has declared its dedication to providing fans of Tom Clancy's The Division with the utmost amount of information regarding improvements for the game by granting some would-be Agents early access to any forthcoming update before its official release. In order to have this happen, developers for The Division have announced the launch of a public test server for the action-RPG.
According to Ubisoft Massive, the server will eventually be available for PC fans, but will not be accessible to players on The Division's PlayStation 4 and Xbox One versions. Those exploring the public test server will be privy to features that are not yet available in the public game, and as Ubisoft puts it, the early access will let fans become more involved with the title's post-launch development with feedback, and help the studio avoid expansions getting delayed due to "lingering issues."
It seems as if Ubisoft Massive has been listening to fans of The Division, for in its most recent blog post, the company acknowledges the game's players who have been sounding off online about the title. Ubisoft explains the situation by saying, "As many pointed out after we announced Update 1.4, a great way to involve you would be to let you try the update before its release. We are thrilled to confirm that we will be opening a Public Test Server on PC for The Division in the near future."
While many players of The Division will surely consider this to be a great step forward in terms of moving away from the game's numerous instances of DLC releases encountering problematic issues, Ubisoft Massive unfortunately didn't explicate on the matter any further at this point in time. However, the studio did assure fans that more details about The Division's public test server will be announced "in the coming days."
Should Ubisoft Massive have implemented the public test server as a feature prior to The Division's launch earlier this year, it's quite possible that the glut of exploits and lack of punishment experienced almost immediately after the game's release wouldn't have occurred. Nevertheless, the third-person shooter's track record has already caused many to consider The Division to be unable to be fixed no matter how good the developer's ideas or intentions are.
In the meantime, Ubisoft Massive still has two pieces of post-launch content left to release for The Division, which are currently being polished and retooled. The game's Survival expansion has been put off to a later date sometime this year, while the final bit of DLC known as Last Stand will now go live in early 2017 instead of the previously confirmed 2016 holiday season. Hopefully, though, the incorporation of public test servers for The Division will in some way expedite the process of the add-ons being released.
Tom Clancy's The Division is out now for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.