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Ubisoft promises to crack down on cheating in The Division

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The Division closed beta ran over the weekend and a bit beyond, and it showed potential: To phrase it as a back-of-the-box blurb, we hated the UI but loved the shitting dog. And while it didn't come up in our preview, something else that didn't leave a very positive impression was all the hacking and cheating going on, especially in the Dark Zone, a problem that some of you brought up in the comments.

Such is the way of multiplayer beta tests, unfortunately, but on the upside, Ubisoft is aware of the problem and says it will have a handle on the situation by the time the game goes live. “We are aware of the cheating issues in the Closed Beta on PC,” Community Manager xMiiSTY wrote on The Division closed beta forum. “The team is fully committed to providing solutions against this and a system will be in place to ensure a fair experience for players when the game is released on March 8.”

Ubisoft said nothing about how exactly it intends to level the online playing field, but I wouldn't be surprised to see at least some of it rolled out in time for testing in the open beta—rumored open beta, that is—which, if the Italians have it right, will run from February 16-21, minus what will apparently be a 24-hour window of Xbox exclusivity.

Thanks, GamesRadar.

Andy Chalk

Andy has been gaming on PCs from the very beginning, starting as a youngster with text adventures and primitive action games on a cassette-based TRS80. From there he graduated to the glory days of Sierra Online adventures and Microprose sims, ran a local BBS, learned how to build PCs, and developed a longstanding love of RPGs, immersive sims, and shooters. He began writing videogame news in 2007 for The Escapist and somehow managed to avoid getting fired until 2014, when he joined the storied ranks of PC Gamer. He covers all aspects of the industry, from new game announcements and patch notes to legal disputes, Twitch beefs, esports, and Henry Cavill. Lots of Henry Cavill.