The Division begins pre-load today; no reviewer play until release

Ubisoft announced plans for the upcoming release of Tom Clancy’s The Division.┬áThe core details is basically that preloading will begin at 9 AM today (March 3rd), there will be no “head start” usually given to reviewers to allow them to get reviews up right at the game’s release.

Normally, I would say that not allowing reviewers to play your game until release is a worrying sign. I don’t think that’s the case here, as there’s been plenty of open beta play, and probably hundreds of thousands of hours of gameplay on Twitch and YouTube.┬áThe virtual stampede when everything opens up at 12:01 am on March 8th will include EVERYBODY, including usually the first folks in line.

I hope that whoever’s in charge of the servers for release is getting their beauty rest, something tells me that they’re going to be MIGHTY busy come Tuesday Midnight.