If you're a budget-conscious consumer, then chances are you haven't paid the exorbitant prices some places are charging for the special edition of The Division 2. So for you, and most people, the game launches on Friday. And you can grab it for a lot less than $150.
Brick-and-mortar stores are being pretty competitive with all versions of The Division 2, which is neat especially if you're playing the game on PC. Ubisoft announced recently that it'd be an Epic Store exclusive, although existing Steam keys and pre-orders would be honoured.
The bigger problem is those looking to get the game from third-party retailers. Once the game officially launches on the 15th, stores like Green Man Gaming and others won't be allowed to sell keys for the game. "After [March 15], the game will digitally only be available through Ubisoft's Store and another exclusive digital store. This will also be true for all upcoming game content such as Season Pass, Extensions," UK online retailer Gamesplanet told users.
So if you're looking to save - especially on PC - you might want to move relatively quickly. For those on consoles, it's a slightly different story, and that's where we'll start.
PS4, Xbox One
- Amazon Australia: $64
- JB Hi-Fi: $64
- Harvey Norman: $64
- Mighty Ape: $72
- OzGameShop: $78
- Big W: $79
- Target: $79
- Play-Asia: $87.93
- PlayStation Store (PS$): $99.95
- Microsoft/Xbox Store (XBO): $99.95
- EB Games: $99.95
JB and Amazon going hard here, which isn't a surprise. But Harvey Norman competing strongly on the price is a nice sign as well. Mighty Ape have a decent offering here, which isn't bad if you're grabbing other stuff from them at the same time (like board games).
As mentioned before, deals for the PC version will become very limited after March 15. That's when the game becomes exclusive to uPlay and the Epic Games Store, so if you want a deal before then, you'll have to decide whether to jump on board now or wait for a little after launch.
- Play Asia: $63.01
- JB Hi-Fi: $64
- Amazon Australia (physical copy): $64
- Green Man Gaming: $74.52
- Mighty Ape: $78
- Fanatical: $79.15
- Amazon US (code): $84.95
- GamersGate: $89.95
- Humble Store: $89.95
- uPlay Store: $89.95
- Epic Games Store: $98.98
The Epic Store doesn't support Australian dollars so ... yeah, don't buy through that. It's still better than what Green Man Gaming are offering, thanks to the Aussie dollar being completely in the shitter right now. And thanks to the Epic Store exclusivity, you can't take advantage of the Aussie dollar support on Steam, which would have been somewhat equitable all things considered. So, PC fans, your best shot at the moment is either through JB or Amazon Australia. Play Asia charges shipping, so you don't end up ahead purchasing through them.
So that's the scoreboard for The Division 2 this week. Who's jumping in, and who's holding off until they see reviews and more gameplay - or a price drop?