The public beta for Tom Clancy’s The Division this past weekend managed to pull in 6.4 million players. This, says Ubisoft, is a new record for betas of new IPs on current generation platforms.
Well, that’s a really specific record, isn’t it?
As Eurogamer notes, this compares well to Destiny‘s 4.6 million player beta. That beta didn’t feature PC players and the new consoles had significantly smaller user bases, but Destiny did have the benefit of the previous generation of consoles. So, it’s kind of a wash. The short version is, lots and lots of people played The Division. If Ubisoft has day one server trouble, they’re going to have a hard time blaming traffic.
To get an idea of how many, think of it like this: New York City, where the game takes place, has a total population of 8.4 million. 6.4 million people were in a tiny subsection of New York City trying to rescue it from terrorists. The terrorists are going to have a tough time finding places to hide in a crowd like that.
Ubisoft says players spent an average of just under five hours in the city and a third of that time in the Dark Zone, the game’s competitive multiplayer zone. Of the total player base, 2.5 million logged into the Dark Zone. The nearly 4 million that didn’t bother missed out on a significant portion of the beta’s appeal, sadly.
Make sure to check out our coverage of The Division as its March 8 release date on PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One approaches.