The Division: Which Edition Should You Buy?

Ubisoft’s The Division took years for developer Massive to make. It’s been available for purchase for just a little over a month. In that time, the game has blossomed into an unstoppable force. It seems as if the developer is always looking ahead to the next major update. The game gets new features when they make sense and new DLC add-ons are still on the way.

The Division starts with some kind of biological agent bringing the United States government to its knees. Before the government falls, the President of the United States charges a covert organization with protecting whatever society is left in across the country. That organization, the Strategic Homeland Division, is given carte blanch to operate however its agents see fit. In The Division, you’re an agent of SHD. You’re trying to make New York City whole again.

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Read: Epic New Trailer Arrives Teasing The Division Release

We’re used to Ubisoft making open-world, third-person games. What we’re not used to is the company building in an online role-playing mechanics. Players are fully customizable. The New York City in The Division has its own weather system and day and night cycle, the latter of which has big ramifications for your missions, it seems.

The Division is available for purchase now. Here’s what you need to know about the different editions of the game.

The Division Purchase Extras

Ordinarily, before you placed your The Division purchase it’d be a very good idea to start looking into pre-order extras. Game publishers will partner with each retailer to offer exclusive access to items that shoppers at other stores will need to pay for separately. Last year’s Batman Arkham Knight was the biggest offender in this regard.

Ubisoft took it easy on The Division buyers. Instead of scattering tons of different pre-order extras at different retailers, the company opted for just two pre-order extras that are available everywhere. Purchasing The Division at a participating retailer like GameStop and Best Buy got you access to the Hazmat Gear Set. Since the game has been available for a month, you can rule out the Hazmat Gear Set. It’s no longer available.

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The Division Hazmat Gear Set

With that out-of-the-way, the only thing that should dictate who you purchase the game from is any memberships that you may have. Amazon Prime gives users 20% off their gaming pre-orders and recent releases. The online retailer is still offering this deal to shoppers.

Best Buy and GameStop each offer membership programs that get users points or discounts for their gaming purchases too. GameStop’s frequent purchase program is called PowerUp Rewards Pro. Best Buy’s program is called Gamers Club Unlocked. Gamers Club Unlocked gets users 20% off new games too. The subscription costs $30 for two years, far below Amazon Prime’s $99 yearly price tag.

The Division Season Pass

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The next thing to consider before making your purchase is The Division Season Pass. The Standard version of the game doesn’t come with access to all the title’s forthcoming add-on content, but more expensive versions will.

Read: The Division DLC: What You Need to Know

Ubisoft is promising a full year of add-on content for those that purchase The Division Season Pass. The game’s 3 major expansions, Underground, Survival and Last Stand, will require separate purchases or the season pass. The season pass also includes a sawed-off shotgun, exclusive outfits, exclusive weapons and monthly weapon drops. Amazon has the season pass for all platforms available for purchase for $39.99. Only those that purchase the The Division Standard Edition should pick up the Season Pass.

Xbox owners get access to the first two major expansions a month before PS4 players.

Besides the paid content, there are free upgrades that everyone gets. Ubisoft recently released The Division 1.1which introduced Incursion events for great players, weapons trading and new Gear Sets.

The Division Edition Breakdown

There are three different The Division Editions available in store and online for you to purchase. Additionally, Ubisoft has worked out a deal with Microsoft to offer a console bundle for those that need to upgrade consoles anyway. The Division is coming to Xbox One, PS4 and Windows PCs only.

Standard Edition

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Purchasing a basic copy of the game gets you a digital or physical copy of the game. This version of the game costs $59.99 before any taxes and fees. Also note that it is available at retail stores and through the Xbox Store and PlayStation Store. GameStop is already selling used copies for $54.99.

Gold Edition

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The Division Gold Edition includes all the things that the Standard Edition includes. Users also get access to season pass add-ons and any gear sets that are exclusive to the season pass holders. Gold Edition costs $99.99 before any taxes and fees. Note that this version is available at retail stores and through the Xbox Store and PlayStation Store.

 

Xbox One Bundle

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Finally, there’s the Xbox One 1TB Bundle. This $399.99 option for buyers of the game includes a standard black Xbox One console with 1TB of storage and the same pre-order extras as the Standard Edition. Buyers do need to purchase season pass separately.

Purchase this bundle through Amazon and you get a digital download of The Division. If you purchase it at GameStop you’ll get a physical copy of the game. Unfortunately, PS4 owners don’t have a bundle that comes with The Division. 

Have fun with the game.

30 Comments

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  2. Andrew Bowers

    01/28/2016 at 9:21 pm

    Umm… firstly, you’ve neglected to inform readers that the beta is also available on PC. Secondly, you say that Amazon Prime members get 20% off new games, but you don’t mention that Best Buy Gamer’s Club Unlocked members get that as well, in addition to a $10 rewards certificate for pre-ordering (and actually picking up/ultimately buying the game — in other words, never-canceling your pre-order). AND the points for spending dollars. So… yeah.

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    • Travis Pope

      03/02/2016 at 9:56 am

      Those are all fair points Andrew. I plan to remedy that very, very soon.

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  3. Phil W.

    01/29/2016 at 2:17 pm

    Actually, if you read the Amazon page they note the season content info in the Gold package. The three expansions are named.

    Gold Edition – Includes the game, Season Pass, and exclusive National Guard gear set.
    Gain Access to All Three Major Expansions – Underground, Survival, and Last Stand, adding new content, gear, and gameplay as you fight to take back New York.

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    • Travis Pope

      03/02/2016 at 9:56 am

      Update to this post to reflect this description incoming. Thanks for the feedback.

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  4. hhhowerton

    02/14/2016 at 5:49 pm

    I bought the division on my Ps4 last week and it was 60 dollars does that do anything for me.

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    • OO Lasko OO

      02/17/2016 at 9:51 am

    • Sean Carroll

      02/24/2016 at 10:52 pm

      Yes, you preordered it. You need to wait out until the release date (March 8th) to play it, so enjoy your Hazmat gear when it comes out!

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  5. Matheus

    02/24/2016 at 9:32 pm

    Im wondering if i get the division through the ps4 console will i get the hazmat gear. Ps4 does not say i get it but will i still get it anyways?

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    • Sean Carroll

      02/24/2016 at 10:53 pm

      Fear not, you will get it.

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  6. Junky

    02/25/2016 at 3:33 am

    Pre orded it 2 on ps4. No code for the hazmat or beta.. digital version already contains it

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  7. Ben

    02/26/2016 at 7:01 am

    Will there be a PS4 Divison Bundle?

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    • Travis Pope

      03/02/2016 at 9:57 am

      Unfortunately, there won’t be. Microsoft has an exclusive on bundles and marketing, it seems.

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  8. James

    03/02/2016 at 7:09 pm

    I have played the open beta and me and my friends had not had that much fun in a long time on a game I really recommend it

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  9. Rose Black

    03/03/2016 at 8:54 am

    I pre ordered the limited edition at Game which comes with the firefighter and police packs.
    https://ubistatic-a.akamaihd.net/0021/community-intelligence/prod/article/56771ccd574da.JPG
    I’ve also heard of some other editions that add the paramedic, national guard and hunter extras which may be exclusive to some European countries

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  10. Ron

    03/05/2016 at 1:45 pm

    I preordered my copy today, but I wanted the gold edition which I was told is sold out. My question is, if I buy the season pass, can I have access to the National Guard gear or is that just exclusive to the gold edition?

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    • jeanCaisse

      03/06/2016 at 7:38 am

      no i dont think so man :(. The Hazmat or National Guard kit come from the PRE ORDER

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  11. Get

    03/06/2016 at 3:05 am

    No that is exclusive to the gold edition

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  12. Nick

    03/06/2016 at 8:05 am

    So I downloaded the pre order for xb1 when it was first available (no gold edition was available then). Your saying I would have to rebuy the gold edition to get the national guard pack? Why wouldn’t I be just be able to get the extras with the season pass. It’s the same amount of money… $100

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  13. Dan

    03/06/2016 at 10:11 am

    Yes …Just buy Season pass..U will get hazmat for pre order reg game and then get national gaurd for season pass..No need to buy gold

    Reply

  14. tarek

    03/07/2016 at 5:22 am

    Does the pre ordered version of the division differ in cost to the one that comes out on march 8. I mean will it go down in cost

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    • Nate

      03/07/2016 at 10:29 am

      Usually it takes several months for the price to go down. The only real advantage you’ll have is that you can look at the reviews and see if the game is actually worth buying.

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  15. dezz nutz

    03/07/2016 at 10:54 pm

    Heck, most of the time you can just walk into GameStop or Wal-Mart the opening week and pick-up a pre-order copy…I did that with COD this year, even though I never got to play NukeTown cuz I play hardcore…which makes NO SENSE, as I was always able to play Nuketown in Black Ops 1 & 2 on hardcore

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  16. MJ

    03/09/2016 at 7:17 am

    I pre-ordered the division Gold Edition. Where do I find my hazmat suit/goBag, sawed off shotgun and National Guard Suit?

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  17. haven11

    03/10/2016 at 12:42 am

    go find the reward man hiding behind the toilet after you set up base operations, talk to him for any reward/suits for prepurchase and so on

    Reply

  18. Lindsay

    03/12/2016 at 9:28 pm

    I bought the digital gold edition on Xbox one and I was supposed to get the national guard gear but I seem to have all of the normal equipment and gear when I play. How do I find/ get my national guard stuff?

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  19. Peter

    03/16/2016 at 9:51 am

    Once you go to Manhattan and set up base of operations, you can find the rewards counter in the far back right by the restrooms. Good luck!

    Reply

  20. chrissy

    03/27/2016 at 8:57 am

    None of my content is coming up after I purchased the season pass, any help?

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  22. Britney

    04/25/2016 at 9:39 am

    Rather than buying the gold edition could you not just buy the game and the seasons pass separately and get the same extras as you would getting the gold edition?

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