Division 2 Release Date & Server Launch Times

Here's when you can start playing The Division 2.

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Ubisoft's loot-focused shooter, The Division 2, releases at different times depending on which version of the game you pre-order. Although the game's official release date is March 15, you can actually play right now with certain editions. If you go through Uplay, you get access even earlier too. Read on for the full breakdown of unlock times, but know that you should be able to begin playing within a matter of hours if you can't already get in.

If you pre-order the standard version of The Division 2, the game will be available worldwide for Xbox One and PS4 on Friday, March 15 at 12 AM local time--therefore Australia and New Zealand get access first and North and South America are last. With Uplay on PC, The Division 2 will be playable on Thursday, March 14 at 10 PM PT, which is March 15 at 1 AM ET. The Uplay playable time is 11 PM in the UK on March 14 and 12 AM in Australia on March 15. So only in certain regions does Uplay give you early access. A breakdown of the times is listed below.

The Division 2 Standard Edition Start Times

  • Xbox One and PS4
    • March 15 at 12 AM local time
  • Uplay/PC
    • March 14 at 10 PM PT
    • March 15 at 1 AM ET
    • March 14 at 11 PM UK
    • March 14 at 12 AM AU
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If you pre-order the Gold or Ultimate Edition of The Division 2, you can already begin playing. Worldwide, these two editions launched Tuesday, March 12 at 12 AM local time when you pre-order the Xbox One or PS4 versions, which once again gives certain countries earlier access than others. Through Uplay, The Division 2 Gold and Ultimate Editions are playable March 11 at 10 PM PT, March 12 at 1 AM ET, March 11 at 11 PM in the UK, and March 12 at 12 AM in Australia. A breakdown of the times is listed below.

The Division 2 Gold And Ultimate Edition Start Times

  • Xbox One and PS4
    • March 12 at 12 AM local time
  • Uplay/PC
    • March 11 at 10 PM PT
    • March 12 at 1 AM ET
    • March 11 at 11 PM UK
    • March 12 at 12 AM AU
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Despite the game releasing in certain countries much earlier than others, the servers for The Division 2 didn't go live until March 12 at 12 AM local time. So even though the game launches in certain countries on March 11--like the Gold and Ultimate Editions in the UK--you weren't able to play it until midnight that night. If you want a specific time for your region, you can find all the listed times on The Division 2's website.

The Division 2 is available for Xbox One, PS4, and PC. Originally planned for Steam, the PC version of the game will now be launching through the Epic Games Store.

While we don't yet have a full review, you can read our Division 2 early review impressions based on an early portion of what's shaping up to be a very large game. In it, Edmond Tran writes, "'Encouraging' is generally how I feel about The Division 2 at this point in time. It's got a fantastic sense of place and progression, and the combat scenarios and skills continue to be interesting. There's a lot of love, especially among the minor improvements--the small design decisions that make the act of finding and equipping loot so snappy and convenient, or the smart integration of per-mission multiplayer matchmaking that even lets you call upon other players in the middle of a mission. I haven't personally hit any server issues or major bugs, just some humorous oddities, like a floating iPad entertaining two excited children."

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Buy it in 6 months for pennies on the dollar.

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You people bitching about the release dates are idiots. The game comes out March 15th for those who want to buy it on release without preordering. Those that preorder get the benefit of playing early. It’s common practice in businesses. It happens when you buy cars, food, clothes, and etc. it’s called sweetening the pot. If someone who wants this game and was on the fence whether to get it one the release day without preordering or just preorder it this gives them incentive to preorder. Shit movie theaters will give you a free small popcorn or drink for preordering a ticket online. PC has early access, which has you pay for a game that could take years to finish or maybe never finish. People just want to shit on Ubisoft because of how well they are doing now. EA access allowed early access to games all the time. Just because you don’t like the game or somehow you take offense to everything doesn’t meant everyone else does. What gamespot failed to say was these times are different because of release location. Not everyone is on the same time zone.

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@face76: you missed out the part where you only get access if you preorder the edition that costs $50 more.

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@moviespot: So what? They pay more to get into the game a bit earlier. It's not like you are missing out on anything...

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@doremonhg9x: it's a shit business practice but hey if you want to defend ubisoft go right ahead

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@moviespot: Look. If people want to splurge for one or two days of early access, let them. At its core, it is entirely optional and it only preys on people like YOU who are too impatient to wait for the official release date that they feel the need to pay a whole lot more. It doesn't affect ordinary buyer who make the purchase at launch or even at a later date. In fact, it is a huge gains for day one buyer because by the time we're allowed to go into the game, there are plenty of video footage on the internet to help us make an informed decision about the product.

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@doremonhg9x: no I waited till release I'm just saying it's a bad business practice. Nice wall of text

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To everyone complaining this is garbage or stupid.... The gold and deluxe editions are entirely optional and come with the year one pass, which is just early access to the FREE content coming to this game.... So since are basically paying to get the free dlc a week early, it makes sense you get to play the game a few days early.... jeeze some people are just never happy

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That’s super cute of Ubisoft. Think I’ll be super cute and wait ‘til it’s on sale for $15 next year.

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Ubisoft is such a pathetic company.

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@Thanatos2k: yes Santa Monica studio is now hush

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What a garbage business practice...

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I can't believe we've reached a point in gaming where we can't even answer the question "when does it come out?" anymore without getting into some convoluted schpiel to try and explain it.

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And another thing I’ve realised this evening, the game is available for pre download ok, the game size is a whopping 89GB, nearing the size of Red Dead Redemption 2! I’m really excited about this title. I know I said earlier in this, but the BETA was awesome so in theory the game should be even better. Midnight Monday can’t come soon enough.

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This makes the rules to Fizzbin sound easy.

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hmm interesting, I wasn't confused

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How the f is that confusing? If you find things like clocks confusing then yeah, I can see you finding this confusing

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But then again just realised it’s been made by Ubisoft with no other companies attached, so this game I’m expecting to be brilliant at launch. Ok maybe a few teething problems when we all play at the start but absolutely nothing like the trash of Anthem.

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@andy24king24: Remember the time when it was Ubisoft the scapegoat with their downgraded graphics and stuff? Now it's EA's turn (or Bioware, whichever think should take the blame)

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my god these staggered launches are incredibly stupid

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Let’s hope it’s better than Anthem cos the BETA last week was awesome.

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DID ANTHEM TEACH YOU PEOPLE NOTHING?

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@mattcake: Yes Antem was a POS game i learned that by playing the Demo, Division 2 i had a ton of fun in the demo and plan to buy it the day it releases. what else should i be learning?

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@mattcake: Well their release date are a month apart you can't completely alter your release strategy. Plus, it doesn't mean the game is bad, it's just a way to release their games it's self explanatory

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This has to stop...

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@vulgarian187: Wish we could upvote a post more than once. This deserves a few thousand.

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@Barighm: Wait, who would want to sit hours on end just to get a good comment upv.... alright I'll make multiple accounts so it gets upvotes