divison1Unless you’ve been without human contact for the last few months, you know that the Division open beta is now live! The beta client is currently live on the XBox one, and will go live tomorrow , Friday February 19th, for the PlayStation 4 and PC . Many people who pre-ordered or were lucky enough to get a closed beta key from Ubisoft will also be treated to numerous changes for the new open beta. It is also important to note that anybody who has already downloaded the closed beta client will not need to redownload it, a simple and quick update is all that is required. One of the major changes that will be noticed by returning beta players is that a new mission will be included in the beta.  The new mission will also allow the ability to unlock the tech wing at your base of operations. Unlocking the new wing will also unlock the new tech ability upgrade for your player which included the deploy-able turret that has been seen numerous times on the promotional videos.

The dark zone also got its share of changes that will a welcome addition.  Dark zone chests will now refresh a lot quicker then in the previous beta.  There will also be more AI enemies in the dark zone, who will also be significantly tougher. The other important changes to the beta all pertain to “going rouge” while in the dark zone.  For starters you will not immediately go rouge when shooting another player, you will have to do some damage before going rogue.  This is a welcome change due to the fact that many players would go rouge by accidentally shooting a friendly player during a firefight.  I am very happy about this change because I had gone rogue numerous times by accident, which in turn made my team very angry because they also went rogue.  Another change pertains to players who felt it wasn’t worthwhile to go rogue, you’ll be happy to learn that the rewards for surviving rogue have been increased by a healthy 1.5x, Also the manhunt timer for level 5 rogues will now pause instead of refreshing.

The Division open beta notes via VG247:

Dark Zone

  • New High End weapons available in the Dark Zone
  • Refresh rate on Dark Zone chests has been greatly reduced
  • Non-player enemies in the Dark Zone have been significantly increased in number
  • Non-player enemies in the Dark Zone have been buffed slightly
  • The Manhunt Timer now pauses instead of refreshing while in combat as a level 5 Rogue
  • The Reward for surviving as a Rogue Agent has been increased to 1.5x the kill bounty
  • The Health Bar for Agents in the Dark Zone now only turns red when they actually become Rogue
  • A new warning icon has been added to indicate an Agent who has shot another player but has not done enough damage to go Rogue
  • Dark Zone experience leveling curve has been adjusted slightly
  • Disabled the option to transfer Dark Zone brackets as a Rogue (This prevents players using Bracket Transfer as a means to escape after becoming Rogue)
  • Removed some ropes that allowed players to reach areas that gave them an unfair advantage

Other changes

  • New Ubisoft Club Action available for participating in the Open Beta unlocking an exclusive reward in-game
  • New and improved Tutorial Video
  • Tutorial video is now available to view from the Character Select Screen
  • Fixed two bugs that allowed players to become invisible to other players
  • Fixed an exploit with Ballistic Shield Skill that allowed players to become invincible
  • Cheat Detection and Prevention additions and updates
  • Fixed mismatch of stats that occurred occasionally between Vendor Inventory and Player Inventory when item purchased
  • Adjusted player movement speed while running with a grenade in hand
  • Fixed a bug that sometimes caused other player’s name and health bar to not be visible in the Dark Zone
  • Fixed some Weapon Mods that resulted in incorrect stat values when equipped
  • Fixed some weapons that didn’t appear as Contaminated when obtained in the Dark Zone
  • Fixed a bug with the Reward Claims Vendor that caused stacks of consumables to be decreased under specific circumstances
  • Fixed a bug with stats display not updating when browsing Vendor Inventories
  • Fixed a bug that caused continuous vibration under very specific conditions
  • Fixed a very rare bug that prevented players from being able to fire or switch their weapons
  • Added mission Dialogue lines in Missing Persons: Heather Lau Side Mission
  • Several environment fixes to prevent falling through world issues in specific places
  • Multiple stability fixes (23 unique crashes fixed)
  • Server optimizations and improvements (players will receive less connection errors now)
  • Multiple localization fixes and improvements