Ubisoft are on a bit of a role with their triple-A game line-up over the past two years; with Watch_Dogs, Assassin’s Creed Unity and Far Cry 4 in 2014 and Rainbow Six and The Division to launch later this year. There hasn’t been a hell of a lot of new information on The Divisions lately until now. UTMESSAN was held in Reykjavík, Iceland, on Friday the 6th of February. The UTMESSAN is a convention similar to similar to CES. A lot of companies from around the world come to showcase their work to try to encourage students to study Information Technology in Iceland. I was at a booth showcasing VR tech where I met a group claiming to be a small game-dev start-up with industry season veterans. I asked what kind of experience they had. Two of them were former Ubisoft employees, a game-play programmer and in-house tester. One of them was a former CCP employee, worked in 3D design. And another just a free-lance artist. We got into a bit of a discussion about the games industry and how unstable it is, but before long I had to ask about my most anticipated game; The Division. Their eyes lit up. The tester had previously worked on the pre-alpha build of The Division and said, “I was amazed with just how polished the pre-alpha was and I am confident that people will fall in love with the game when the alpha goes public.” The Division? Public? Alpha? I asked when, but he could only speculate, “sometimes this spring.” He did show me a series of pictures on his phone from the in-house testing sessions including a picture of the game’s title screen with the word “pre-alpha test” in italic letters underneath it. I asked him if he could email the picture and he said he would do so after the weekend, so I will post them right here when I get them. The Division is a game that is heavily focused on online co-operative and competitive game-play and the last MMO styled game that Ubisoft released was The Crew which did actually have a two stage beta; open and closed. So, I’m not doubting that there will beta for The Division. The only question is, is it really this spring? One Response JokerUnique 12th February 2015 > He did show me a series of pictures on his phone from the in-house testing sessions including a picture of the game’s title screen with the word “pre-alpha test” Will you post these pictures and when? Because it would be very interesting to see those. Thank you in advance.