ByKen McDonnell, writer at
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2016 is upon us and it has a tremendous year in video games to live up to. With games like Bloodborne, The Witcher 3, Undertale, Fallout 4, and [Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain](tag:2683985) all having arrived in the space of a few months during 2015, the task of topping this list seems near impossible. But that's not to say that 2016 doesn't have some fantastic games on the way.

Uncharted 4, Horizon Zero Dawn, [No Man's Sky](tag:2684052), Street Fighter V, [Deus Ex: Mankind Divided](tag:3677367), [Hitman (2016)](tag:3677378), Quantum Break, The Last Guardian and [Mass Effect: Andromeda](tag:2683449) isn't exactly a bad list of upcoming titles. But there's one game that is finally just around the corner that has had gamers hyped for almost 3 years.

Tom Clancy's The Division - One Of 2016's Greatest Games?

Tom Clancy's The Division
Tom Clancy's The Division

Tom Clancy's The Division will be arriving on XBOX One, PS4 and PC on March 8th. Ubisoft have been hyping this online shooter-RPG for a seriously long time (maybe too long) and its been delayed numerous times. Will these delays have benefited The Division? Or has the game simply never been able to live up to the expectations Ubisoft had for it?

Well, one way to find out for yourself is the upcoming beta for Tom Clancy's The Division, which is allegedly going to arrive in a matter of weeks. However, Ubisoft have yet to unveil a release date for the beta and fans are anxious to see whether this shooter-RPG can live up to what Ubisoft have sold it as. But the beta can only be accessed via a code which you receive once you pre-order the game (or can you join a list without a guarantee that you'll be able to join in on the fun).

Should You Pre-Order The Division For Beta Access?

Tom Clancy's The Division
Tom Clancy's The Division

The act of pre-ordering in the world of video games has become a troublesome practice. What was once a service that could guarantee you a copy of a popular game has become a means for publishers to entice players to buy their game by locking content behind a pre-order wall. However, in the case of Tom Clancy's The Division, all you'll receive is access to the beta (depending on which edition you pre-order).

This means that should you dislike the beta and wish to cancel your pre-order, you're more than welcome to do so at any time without having to pay for it (unless you pre-ordered from an evil retailer). While I hate the practice of pre-ordering games and what its done to the industry, I can see no reason why not to pre-order The Division if it grants you access to the beta. It'll save you buying the whole game on release date and being disappointed then.

Tom Clancy's The Division
Tom Clancy's The Division

So, will you be pre-ordering [Tom Clancy's The Division](tag:2684169)? When do you think the beta will be available? And are you still hyped for The Division after all of this time since its reveal in 2013? Let us know where you stand in the comments below!


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