'Tom Clancy's The Division' Alpha Test Inbound?

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After a disappointing end to 2014, gamers are looking forward to a positive year for video games. If all goes well, we'll see quite a few big hits from the the field of highly anticipated games. Among the most anticipated is Tom Clancy's The Division, a game that was originally slated for a 2014 release, but was pushed back so developer Ubisoft could make sure it was truly ready for release.

When Ubisoft delayed The Division to 2015, they didn't provide an exact release date – though we're honestly not complaining. We, like many gamers, are very excited for the upcoming open-world post-apocalyptic game, and would rather see the developer make a truly complete game before releasing it.

At the moment, the only official information we have on the release date is that it will for sure happen sometime in 2015. That's to say we know very little about when gamers will actually be able to go hands on with the game. However, thanks to some recently uncovered information from fellow gamers, it's possible that an Alpha release may be coming soon.

Some gamers data-mined The Division website and shared their findings on Reddit, which included a new section on the website dedicated to an Alpha test. While there's currently nothing on the Alpha page, there are a couple things we can learn from its addition to The Division website.

The Division Alpha Page

First, if the game is just now entering Alpha testing, we estimate that the final game will release sometime in late summer or early fall – possibly in August or September.  This would be ideal timing for the game's release since Ubisoft usually drops their latest Assassin's Creed game some time between the end of October and mid-November, and they likely don't want to release two games too close together. Of course, there's also Rainbow Six Siege, which also doesn't have a final release date, and could also be coming around the same time.

The next thing the alpha tells us is that more information about The Division should be inbound very soon. It could even be as soon as next week, considering the Lead Level Designer and Sr. Technical Director for The Division will be making an appearance in the Ubisoft Lounge at the Game Developers Conference. Show visitors can visit the Ubisoft Lounge and ask developers questions about the games they're working on. Hopefully, we'll get some insight into the Alpha test for The Division as well as some clues on the expected release date.

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In the end, we just hope Ubisoft takes the time needed to make sure The Division works well and is as free from bugs and issues as it can be. The game holds so much promise, and it would be a shame to see its potential squandered.

What do you think about this discovery? When do you think Ubisoft will release The Division? Let us know your prediction in the comments.

Tom Clancy's The Division is expected to release in 2015 on PC, PS4 and Xbox One.

Source: Reddit, Ubisoft Blog

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