The Division 2: beta start time, end time, how to invite friends, gameplay, trailers and more

By Lauren Aitken, Friday, 8 February 2019 12:25 GMT

Now’s your chance to play The Division 2 early, as the beta start time draws ever closer!

The original game was plagued with bugs on release and it became more of a queuing simulator more than anything else in its early days. Due to these issues with the first game, players are eagerly awaiting the Division 2 beta, which will hopefully help Ubisoft manage a smoother launch for the sequel.

More information about what we can expect in The Division 2 is appearing daily, so check back here for the latest changes.

The Division 2: beta start time and end time

The Division 2 private beta will run from February 7 until February 11. The Private beta is available to people who have pre-ordered, but can also sign up using your email for a chance to gain entry here. How much of a chance though, is uncertain.

An open beta hasn’t been announced. But if one were to appear, it would most likely take place the week after the private beta, or a week or so before the game comes out.

The Division 2 private beta start and end times

  • Starts: February 7 – 2am PT/ 5am ET/ 10am UK/ 11am CET
  • Ends: February 11 -1am PT/ 4am ET/ 9am UK/ 10am CET

How to invite friends to The Division 2 beta

The Division 2 isn’t a game that’s best experienced alone, so you can invite up to three friends to play The Division 2 beta with you. To do this, you need to visit and sign into the private beta website.

You will then be able to enter your friends’ email addresses. They’ll then get an email asking them to sign into the same website to activate their eligibility. You’ll need a Ubisoft account to do this.

There are a few restrictions on the friends you can invite into The Division 2 beta though. They must be on the same platform as you, eg. if you’re on PS4, they have to be too, and must live in a country that the beta is running in.

You can’t invite friends into the beta straight away either. The invite friends service only goes live at 5PM UK time on the first day of the beta. This is 12PM Eastern and 9AM PST.

The Division 2 MIKE-01 error code

If you enter the beta client early, you’ll hit the error code, “MIKE-01”. Judging from the error message, “The Division 2 services are not available at this time”, this is just because the start time hasn’t passed yet, and should go away after 10am UK time on February 7. If it persists after this time, restart your console or game launcher, and check The Division’s twitter to see if issues have been reported.

The Division 2 private beta pre-load times

The pre-load will be available on PC, PS4, and Xbox One beginning Wednesday, February 6 at 2am PT, 5am ET, 10am UK.

The Division 2 private beta download size

You’ll need roughly 50 GB of space to download The Division 2 beta, so you might need to clear some room if you’re playing on a PS4 or Xbox One.

The Division 2 beta content

  • Two main missions, available in Story, Normal and Hard Mode
  • Five side missions and additional activities in the open world
  • PvPvE gameplay in one of the three new Dark Zones
  • Organized PvP gameplay in one Conflict mode, Skirmish

The first look at endgame content will go live on  Friday, February 8 at 8am PT/ 11am ET/ 4pm UK/ 5pm CET.

It includes one Invaded mission, gameplay at the level cap of 30, and the ability to unlock new Survivalist, Sharpshooter or Demolitionist specializations.

The Division 2 beta collectibles guides

The Division 2 beta features a smattering of collectibles in the explorable area of the map, so if you fancy gathering up as many of them as you can, check out our guides for the different pieces of intel left lying around Washington D.C.

The Division 2 Release date and DLC updates

The Division 2 is due on March 15, 2019, providing there aren’t any delays, and is available for pre-order. The Division 2 is getting a full year worth of DLC completely free for all players, with new areas and story missions available every three months.

You can check out the minimum PC specs required to play The Division 2 here.

The Division 2 Pre-order and Season Pass

There are five variations of The Division 2 available to pre-order and each guarantees entry into the beta. PC players will be able to access The Division 2 through Uplay and the Epic Games Store.

The Year One Pass hasn’t been given a separate price yet, though it does come with versions of the game except for the standard game. The pass simply allows holders access to the game’s free Year One Content seven days early.

See below for a breakdown of the contents of each of The Division 2’s editions.

Standard edition

  • The Division 2 base game

Gold Edition (Physical)

  • The Division 2 Steelbook Gold Edition
  • Three-day early access to the game starting March 12, 2019
  • The Year One Pass, which includes seven-day early access to all free Year One Episodes, exclusive customisation items, additional activities, and more.

Gold Edition (Digital)

  • The Division 2 base game
  • Three-day early access to the game starting March 12, 2019
  • The Year One Pass, which includes seven-day early access to all free Year One Episodes, exclusive customisation items, additional activities, and more.

Digital Ultimate Edition

  • The Division 2 base game
  • Three-day early access to the game starting March 12, 2019
  • The Year One Pass, which includes seven-day early access to all free Year One Episodes, exclusive customization items, additional activities, and more.
  • Three additional digital packs (Elite Agent Pack, Battleworn Secret Service Pack, First Responder Pack).

The Dark Zone Definitive Collector’s Edition

  • The Division 2 Steelbook Gold Edition
  • Three-day early access to the game starting March 12, 2019
  • A 30cm-high Ubicollectibles figurine of Heather Ward, The Division 2 Specialized Agent.
  • Other high-end physical items, including a book of lithographs, the game soundtrack, and a Washington, DC map packed together in a premium box.

The Phoenix Shield Collector’s Edition (Ubisoft Store exclusive)

  • The Division 2 base game
  • Three-day early access to the game starting March 12, 2019
  • The Year One Pass and three additional digital packs (Elite Agent Pack, Battleworn Secret Service Pack, First Responder Pack).
  • An Ubicollectibles high-end one-sixth scale articulated figurine of Brian Johnson with equipment and gear.
  • Other high-end physical items including a Steelbook metal case (Ubisoft Store exclusive), a Book of Lithographs, the selected Game Soundtrack and a Washington, DC map.

The Division 2 Gameplay, endgame and settlements

Ubisoft has added new Shield Challenges to The Division over the summer which, once unlocked, will provide you with some interesting in-game content once The Division 2 is released. It would be fair to say the company is doing all it can to keep our intrigue as we wait out the next six months.

The Division 2 is set in Washington DC this time around, though Ubisoft is keen to stress that The Division 2 is strictly apolitical.

Given that it isn’t out yet, you might think it a bit odd that we’re discussing the endgame this early on. Ubisoft is keen to stress that there will be a wealth of post-campaign events and challenges to complete, including eight-player raids for the first time.

You’ll also be able to experience the campaign and endgame events completely solo or as a regular co-op experience. Unless you invite other players into your sessions, you won’t see other players on your screen like you would in Destiny.

NPCs will play a bigger role in The Division 2. Safe houses will return; however, settlements are the interesting new addition.

Upon liberating an area of the map, a settlement will be built as NPCs move in to claim the area. A trader will spawn in the area, meaning even more side quests will become available, so you’re encouraged to explore the entire map.

There will be a big focus on helping locals which contributes to the open world feel of The Division 2. Whether you’re playing solo or co-op, you’ll be able to see the impact your choices have on the world around you.

The Division 2 changes to the mod system

Weapons have also been given an overhaul in The Division 2. The main change that’s coming is that mods won’t be available as random drops. Instead, they will be unlocked through gameplay, such as by completing challenges, taking part in raids and traditional story progression.

Arekkz breaks down the changes in his video and highlights several key features.

It’s also worth noting that once you have unlocked a mod it will be available permanently across all weapons, rather than juggling a limited inventory list filled with mods.

There will be a limited number of mods available to allow players to focus on experiencing a specific playstyle as opposed to constantly grinding for the best gear (we’re looking at you, Bungie).

The Division 2 weapons

Weapon damage will also be more appropriate this time around. Human enemies in The Division were notoriously difficult to take down, so the damage system has been revamped in The Division 2 so that weaker enemies will go down much faster.

When you shoot enemies with armour you should be able to see it physically break off, revealing weak points, which should make the action a little more interesting.

Levelling up and specialisations

After playing the demo at E3, we discovered that upon reaching the level cap, you’ll have access to three new progression trees as part of the games new Specialisation system, with Survivalist, Sharpshooter and Demolitionist being your options. Each has its own signature weapon, unique mods and skills. You also have the option to swap between each one and max them out.

Seven different skill categories were outlined recently: Pulse, Chem Launcher, Drone, Hive, Seeker Mine,Turret and Firefly. Each skill category features variants with different gameplay and effects, so you can tailor your skills to meet your play style.

Skills give you particular advantages in combat that can directly affect the outcome of your engagements. You can choose to focus on offensive abilities or utility roles.

The Division 2 changes to gear and Brand

There will be better build diversity and gear customization in The Division 2. Brands will be introduced to the game and will be different from the gear sets previously available in the first game. Players will have access to Brands right from the start and the feature is prominent in every area of The Division 2.

Each piece of a certain Brand will provide a bonus and wearing a full set of one particular Brand will grant an even bigger bonus. If you have three sets of gear that are also all the same Brand, you’ll get further bonuses again.

Some of the Brand pieces are tied to specific talents, so depending on the talent you’re after you might find yourself becoming an ambassador for that specific Brand.

The Division 2 will be taking a leaf out of Destiny’s book, with exotic weapons that each have their own lore to make them more unique, and will be a lot more powerful.

We’ll be updating this page regularly as we learn more about The Division 2, so watch this space.

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