STATES CHRONICLE – The gaming industry is a tough market. Even more so if you happen to be one of the biggest companies on the market. Well, a French-Canadian found that out the hard way, as Ubisoft delays The Division beta, claims to keep release date.
As gaming companies go, Ubisoft isn’t really an example to follow. After striking gold with several actually good IPs, the company decided to stick to those titles, releasing annual iterations of the same game.
The do occasionally try to spice things up a bit, releasing new titles, like Watch Dogs, or umm… Rocksmith. However, as the former title proved, unless you actually try to do something for the fans, a game cannot really succeed. Well, one of the aforementioned titles is The Division, Ubisoft’s take on MMORPGs, and below you can read what is what is most likely going on with the title.
The action shooter RPG game was set to have a closed beta this month, however the company postponed it. But it’s a bit more complicated than that. The game’s beta was postponed to early 2016, and a few Xbox One users will get to participate in a closed alpha.
This most likely happened because the company, as they often tend to do, overestimated the state the game would be in by the time the beta rolled along. Since it would be more difficult for the developers to fix the severe issues on all the platforms, the company decided to only focus on one. The Xbox One, to be more specific.
What’s more interesting is the fact that the Xbox One users will participate in a closed alpha, instead of a closed beta. This means that the state in which the game is currently in is not actually good enough to pass Microsoft’s beta criteria.
Yes, that’s right. The company cancelled the beta for the other platforms, deciding to focus on the Xbox One in order to provide a somewhat decent experience for some of the players, instead of a very bad one for all of them. And despite this fact, the state in which the game is on the platform of their choosing is still bad enough to still be in alpha.
By the way, this means an insane amount of bugs, like missions crashing, players falling through the map, the works. The company will most likely launch the game on time, followed by a first day patch, and multiple subsequent title updates (a different, fancy term for patch), since delaying a product is a lot more expensive than coming up with a realistic launch date.
We’ll just have to wait and hear impressions from those few Xbox One players who at this point care enough to actually try the already delayed title’s
Although, they will be forced to accept a non-disclosure agreement before playing the glorified demo, but when did that actually stop anyone on the internet?
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