Here's Why You Should Support "No Tom Clancy's The Division Review On Day 1" Move
Tom Clancy's The Division won't have reviews until a few days after the official 8 March launch. Ubisoft provided an official statement upon this matter, saying that there wasn't any chance for them to populate the game servers before day one and let journalists enjoy the experience enough so they could deliver a good reviewer on time. Ubisoft isn't new to such methods but, this time, they were fair enough to give a specific, public comment upon this matter. In the past, not delivering review copies before launch was a solution the publisher found useful to cover its not-so-great releases, such as Assassin's Creed Unity, but that happened with the stealth mode activated – they just didn't send review copies until day one.
While this is not so much fun for reviewers and gaming websites, since we won't be able to discuss The Division until everyone already has the game in his hands and won't care very much about what other people think of it, letting all the journalists release their reviews starting from the same point – without any advantages in terms of timing, not choosing deliberately who's to cover the game under an embargo and who's not – is also a great opportunity we appreciate.
In any case, we appreciate Ubisoft and Massive Entertainemnt released that statement to make it clear from now on that every article delivered before day one is not to be considered a proper and good review for The Division, but just speculation and considerations about the previous playable builds.
On the other hand, we have gamers. Gamers have had a series of chances to give the game a try. In the past we had demos, now we have alphas and betas. The Division had a closed alpha exclusive for Xbox One, a closed beta which launched on PC and PS4 as well, and finally an open beta for all the platforms. So it's clear each and everyone has had his occasion to deal with the title and see, feel with his own eyes and hands if it was going to be something he could enjoy or not.
One could say – ok, it was great, but what if the game has day one issues linked to the servers? Well, good point, but that's not something we as journalists and press in general could solve, not a question we can answer, since embargoed reviews (given that Ubisoft and Massive Entertainment are not willing or capable to “simulate” a prior-to-day-one experience where the servers are fairly populated) would have eventually came out of a LAN event prior the day one. So there's no way you could have had an opinion about this, dramatically important though, topic.
We're going to tell you this, although this is not the most original thing you'll read today. In case you have such fears about The Division, well, you should just not buy it day one. Wait and see what happens on day one, or even in the early hours of it on the market, watch gameplay videos, livestreams, go out on Reddit and official forums to read what real people (not just reviewers) think about the game and the way it works once completely released. That's the best way around.
The Division is going to be the next big thing in gaming, in our opinion, but we know you can resist a few hours or even a couple weeks. Who cares about your friends pre-ordering it and maxing their characters after just one day, even before you can get your hands on the game? There will always be someone who plays much more than you or simply is much better than you at a certain activity.
Deal with it. And enjoy the time and day you will start playing The Division – which is not written in the store it must be March 8. It's when you'll be ready and convinced about where and how you have to invest your money in order to get the maximum degree of satisfaction.