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The Division is finally getting a public test server

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PC players can try out updates before they hit

Tom Clancy's The Division players on Windows PC will soon be able to try out new updates before their official release, Massive Entertainment announced. There’s no confirmed launch date for the public test server, but it’s coming sometime "in the near future," the development team said on its website.

The public test server is the latest move in the developer’s efforts to be more transparent about The Division’s issues and needed improvements. A post last week detailed the decision to delay the game’s next big update, which is focused on "improving the core gameplay experience." The public test server is expected to arrive before version 1.4, which comes in October and fixes bugs and balance issues.

After its release this spring, The Division suffered from several glitches. Players began petitioning for a public test server as the number of issues increased; this would give them a chance to try out patches before release as to prevent these errors from making it into the full game, they wrote on the game’s forums.

Ubisoft called The Division the biggest new franchise launch ever when it made more than $330 million in its first five days on the market. Several patches later, however, some fans have soured on the shooter.