6.4 million people played The Division’s open beta last week and in process set a new record making it the “biggest beta ever for a new IP on current generation platforms”, Ubisoft has announced.
While The Division is the biggest beta for a new IP on the current generation of consoles, Star Wars Battlefront holds the record for the biggest beta to have taken place by having had 9.5 million players take part last year. Destiny’s beta had 4.6 million players, however it is important to note that the beta took place earlier in this generation’s console cycle as well as only being available on PS4 and Xbox One. Both the betas for The Division and Star Wars Battlefront were available on PC as well as PS4 and Xbox One.
The beta proved very popular with gamers and was open to Xbox One players on February 18 with PS4 and PC players being allowed in on February 19. On average, each person played for just under five hours with a third of the time spent in The Division beta being in the Dark Zone, the game’s PvP area which contains the rarest and best loot in the game.
Out of all the players who entered and participated in the Dark Zone, around 50% of players turned rogue at some point which is rather surprising considering how easy it was to turn rogue by accident.
The Division launches on PS4, Xbox One and PC on March 8.