The Division 2 early access release date is here on PS4, Xbox One and PC.
With the game now playable for Gold Edition owners, early reviews have started to go live.
While outlets are reluctant to post actual review scores, the early feedback is hugely positive.
In Destructroid’s excellent review in progress, the writer describes The Division 2 as a polished shooter with lots to do.
“What I like most about The Division 2 is that none of your time feels wasted,” the review reads. “Even in the early game missions don’t feel like throwaway excursions and you’re decently rewarded for your efforts.
“The flow is very smooth, as you can run the matchmaking tool for story missions and continue to explore the open world, coming across hidden caches and random events. It’s mostly genre-typical fare but enjoyable nonetheless, even solo.”
The Metro review in progress calls the game “straightforward, predictable, and from what we can tell at the moment sensibly balanced”.
“Ubisoft has clearly looked at the problems suffered by its rivals and successfully identified where they’re going wrong and how to counter it,” the post continues.
“Unlike Anthem, we don’t think anyone’s going to be complaining about a lack of things to do or a disappointing endgame in The Division 2. Instead the main question now is how entertaining the grind is to get there.”
IGN editorial producer James Duggan praises the game’s recreation of Washington DC.
“From what I’ve seen, The Division 2’s near one-to-one recreation of Washington DC is as intricately assembled as the original’s evocation of New York City, which was one of its strongest features,” the review in progress states.
“But I’m more interested to see what the sequel fills this impressively filthy post-pandemic world with in terms of unique gameplay opportunities. So far the activities that stick out are open-world events like control points that offer up a challenging onslaught of enemies, capped off by a fun boss fight and access to a generous loot-filled room upon completion.”
Early impressions have also been positive on Twitter, as users praise the opening moments and level of detail.
As you can see from the tweets above, The Division 2 is leaving a good early impression on people.
The big question is whether or not The Division 2’s endgame content keeps fans engaged after the initial campaign.
Express Online will post its own review later this month.