The Division Heartland Alpha & Beta | Pre-Registration, Platforms & Release Date

Ubisoft's The Division Heartland is hosting an Alpha and a Beta soon. The original game was exactly what we expected from a Tom Clancy MMO, but now they want to take the franchise into a Battle Royale direction. We're going to give you all the info you need to join the playtests.

The Division Heartland
This is how to join the Division Heartland beta. | © Ubisoft

The Division Heartland is going to be the next big installment for the series (if you don't count the mobile game, The Division Resurgence). But they're shifting away from the MMO model, and instead this is supposedly going to be a Battle Royale style game. We expect it to involve some AI and objective play, rather than being a straight-up BR, but that hasn't been confirmed yet.

In this article we want to give you a complete guide to the alpha and beta playtest events, from the release date and content, to the eligible platforms. Because if nothing else, we think a ton of people will want to try this game at least. So, let's get to the details.

The Division Heartland Alpha & Beta Release Date & Start Time

We don't have a release date for the Division Heartland's beta yet, but we do have an even earlier playtest event that you can register for, the alpha. This is just like a beta, although you'll be playing less content and on an even older build of the game. Also, the alpha is closed, so you have to pre-register, it won't just show up one day on your platform's store.

Division Heartland Alpha: Release Date

The Division Heartland's alpha will take place on a weekend in October, we think. They won't reveal the official dates yet, but we're basing this off of previous Ubisoft playtests, and when they took place compared to when they opened up the pre-registration.

We know it will be on a weekend because Ubisoft alpha's always are. Typically, they allow people to play on Friday and Saturday nights for a few hours at a time. This way the playtests feel like a gaming event, and they involve a bit of community spirit.

Division Heartland Alpha: Start Time

As mentioned above, Ubisoft playtests always follow the same timetable, and so we predict that the Division Heartland alpha will go live for a few hours each day from 13:00 PT (16:00 ET / 20:00 BST / 21:00 CEST), over three consecutive days. Usually Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

We'll update you as soon as we know what weekend they're choosing for the alpha.
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How To Register For The Division Heartland Alpha & Beta

Registering for the Division Heartland's playtest events is very simple. For the beta you will simply find the application available to download on your platform's store (Ubisoft Connect on PC) when it's available. But for the alpha we need to go and register beforehand to be a part of the event, here's how:

  1. Go to the pre-registration page for The Division Heartland.
  2. Select the platform you wish to play the game on and click "Register".
  3. You will be taken to a sign-in page. You can either use your Ubisoft account (if you have one) or your platform-specific account.
  4. Once you've entered your details and confirmed them, you will have pre-registered for the alpha.

It's very simple to sign up, but unlike the beta, they don't necessarily allow everyone who signed up to be a part of the alpha. If the previous Ubisoft alphas are anything to go by, they often make the playtests PC-only, and they rarely open up more than a single server in the US and another in Europe. Other regions often need to wait for the beta, sadly.

What Platforms Will The Division Heartland Be Released On?

The Division Heartland has been confirmed for PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One and the Xbox Series X/S. And as it will be released on old-gen consoles, we can confidently assume they want to get this game released by the end of 2023. From 2024 onwards we expect most franchises to begin phasing out support for the PS4 and Xbox One.

How Much Content You Can Expect For The Alpha & Beta

Because this is a Battle Royale-style game they can't only give us a bit of the map, it would be too small. They'll have to let us access the whole map, although we imagine we'll only get to see a fraction of the weapons and equipment. That should be enough to decide whether you like the game or not, so it's well worth taking a minute to sign-up. And when you can play, let us know what you think, we're interested to know how the community will receive a Tom Clancy/tactical BR.

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