Ubisoft announces that the planned beta for Tom Clancy’s The Division has been delayed to 2016, though a closed alpha will take place on Xbox One this month.

Those that have been following Tom Clancy’s The Division since it was revealed with an exciting E3 2013 trailer should be used to delays by now. Originally slated for release in 2014, the game was delayed to 2015, and then earlier this year, delayed yet again, this time to 2016. Well, now even the beta that was planned for December has been hit with a delay.

Those hoping to play the beta for The Division are going to have to wait until “early 2016,” unfortunately. Whether this means January, February, or even the early days of March is anyone’s guess, as Ubisoft avoided specifics when the company announced the beta’s delay.

The delay of The Division‘s beta may be especially frustrating for Xbox One owners, as one of the big announcements during Microsoft’s E3 2015 presentation was that Xbox gamers would have early access to the Division beta. While Xbox One gamers will have to wait until next year for the beta along with those that pre-order the game on PC or PS4, they will still have a chance to play The Division this month, however.

Pre-ordering The Division will give players priority access to the game’s closed alpha on Xbox One. Closed alpha testing will take place from December 9 to December 12, with invites e-mailed out on an “as needed” basis. What this means is that pre-ordering the game will not guarantee access to the alpha, but it will be the only way to even be considered for it.

The Division Times Square Solo

Some other details were offered in regards to the closed alpha in Ubisoft’s announcement. The file size will be a whopping 23.2GB, and players will have to agree to a strict non-disclosure agreement as well. Hopefully it will be worth it for fans of the game, as it will allow them to experience more than just the Dark Zone PvP areas for the first time.

Perhaps these alpha and beta tests will result in online-centric games from Ubisoft launching in top form come release, but we’ll have to take a wait and see approach on the matter. After all, Rainbow Six Siege had a couple of betas, but it still had some problems at launch, so it will be interesting to see if The Division is able to avoid the same pitfalls.

In any case, Xbox One owners that pre-order The Division may be able to get their hands on the game in the coming days, but everyone else will have to wait for the closed beta to begin at some point within the next few months.

Tom Clancy’s The Division will be available on March 8, 2016 for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.

Source: Ubisoft Blog