The PC launch of Ubisoft’s The Division has been affected by server issues, prompting questions about whether the console versions of the game will suffer outages as more players log in.
The Division has now been unleashed upon the masses, and there are hordes of players eager to start exploring New York City and building up a potent operator. However, its hotly anticipated launch didn’t manage to avoid the increasingly common obstacle of widespread server errors. As The Division was unlocked at midnight worldwide, more and more players were attempting to get online as various different countries reached March 8. Things started off rather smoothly, but the situation took a turn for a worse once the game was available in the United States and its online population began to rise. Between midnight and 2AM, players starting out in the PC version of the game found themselves at the mercy of error codes Romeo and Sierra, according to a report from PC Gamer. Shortly afterwards, official word from Ubisoft seemed to suggest that the issue was related to the studio’s broader infrastructure.
2 hours ago, there was a Ubisoft services outage. This issue has now been resolved and players should be able to resume playing the game.— The Division (@TheDivisionGame) March 8, 2016
It should be noted that since the early hours, most players are reporting that the issue has now been taken care of. The Xbox One and PlayStation 4 versions of The Division also seem to have been largely unaffected, with server errors only proving to be a major headache for those playing on PC. While the initial problem seems to have been handled, it will certainly be interesting to see how the game’s servers hold up for the rest of launch day. This well-hyped release has prompted many to take the day off work to get a few more hours touring the Big Apple — which will no doubt put a strain on the server situation. Of course, Ubisoft is a major developer with plenty of experience with major launches. However, even a series as prominent as Assassin’s Creed has fallen foul of technical issues in the past, with the farcical launch of Unity turning many fans away from the franchise. Since then, Ubisoft has had similar problems with the troubled launch of Rainbow Six: Siege. Given past form, it’s easy to see why many are anxious about whether or not The Division will suffer from further launch day mishaps as more players join the fun. We’ll just have to wait and see at this point — but, from Ubisoft’s perspective, there are far worse problems to have than too many people trying to play a new release. That said, there could be consequences further down the line if the experience doesn’t live up to expectations. The Division is available now for PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC. Source: PC Gamer