Ubisoft has run into yet more problems with its upcoming squad-based shooter The Division, pushing its planned beta release to early next year.
Announced back in 2013
, the third-person shooter was originally scheduled for a fourth-quarter 2014 release. In May that year, Ubisoft pushed it back to 2015
in order to boost the title's quality, but despite adding the Ubisoft Annecy studio to the project
in May this year was pushed back yet again to early 2016
following continued issues with the game's development.
For fans eager to try the title, there was one small silver lining: a closed beta, available to those who pre-ordered the game, which was due to go live this month as a timed Xbox One exclusive before opening out to other platforms in January. Sadly, that too has been delayed: the closed beta is now scheduled for 'early 2016
' on all platforms, with Xbox One users instead being offered a limited closed alpha between the 9th and 12th of December - an offer not extended to those who pre-ordered the game on PlayStation 4 or Windows PC. Those wishing to participate will be asked to sign a non-disclosure agreement (NDA) which prevents them from sharing information about the state of the alpha build, including bugs and screenshots, outside the locked-down Ubisoft alpha forum.
In the company's announcement
, the development team confirmed that the game was still targeting a March 2016 release on all platforms.