By Bryan Smith on March 3, 2016 at 12:48pm
GameSpot and Destructoid has reported that reviewers will not be getting review copies of "The Division" from Ubisoft until the game launches, meaning there won't be any reviews until the game goes up for sale.
Ubisoft has also released a statement on how the servers will go once the game launches.
Since it’s impossible for us to populate the servers in a way that would adequately replicate playing The Division on launch day, reviewers will start playing the game along with everyone else when it’s released on March 8 – after the servers go live officially and globally at 00:01AM Australian Eastern Daylight Time (AEDT). We anticipate there may be some impressions posted online within the first few days of launch that were based on experiences with The Division Beta, and we look forward to seeing streams, videos, and opinions that provide accounts of final, in-game conditions.
Players who have purchased digital copies can begin preloading today for Xbox One; Thursday, March 3 at 6PM CET / 9AM PT for PC (Steam/Uplay); and March 6 at 00:01AM local time on PlayStation 4 – except Japan where it will be available on March 8 at 00:01AM. In the US, digital copies of The Division for Xbox One, PS4, and PC will be active at 12:01AM EST on March 8.
We at Player Theory strongly urge people to urge patience when considering "The Division" if you are not absolutely sure, as the game is an online only experience. Wait for reviews to make sure the game is stable enough to participate in.