“Tom Clancy’s The Division” has become one of the biggest franchises for Ubisoft. The third-person shooter blends elements of an MMO and cover-based shooter masterfully and wraps it in a compelling storyline about a postapocalyptic America hit hard by a deadly virus.
On Thursday, Ubisoft announced it’s expanding that universe with several upcoming projects. The biggest one is a free-to-game called “Tom Clancy’s The Division Heartland.” It’s called a standalone project that will come out on PC, consoles and cloud services such Stadia around 2021-2022. The vagueness of the announcement leaves a lot to the imagination. “Heartland” could be any number of things. It could be as the name suggests a free entry of the franchise. Ubisoft could take a cue from the success of games such as “Fortnite” or “Apex Legends” and create a battle royale experience. (The developer already has “Hyper Scape.”) It could be a mix of both and be something comparable to “The Cycle.”
In addition, Ubisoft also said it’s producing a “Division” game for mobile. Again, that’s a project that holds plenty of potential with a huge user base, but how that comes about is up in the air.
For fans of “The Division 2,” the game is still alive and kicking for the foreseeable future. Ubisoft announced that Ubisoft Massive and Ubisoft Bucharest are working on another new content package for the entry. The company said the new addition will introduce a new mode and it is aimed at producing more versatility in builds. Expect the content to come later this year. It’s uncertain if it’s going to be a paid expansion or an title update.
Lastly, Ubisoft said a Netflix movie and a novel are still in the works. The film sounds intriguing and has big-name stars Jessica Chastain and Jake Gyllenhaal attached to it. The movie will focus on the events of the original game set in New York. Rawson Marshall Thurber, who did “Skyscraper” and “Central Intelligence,” is set to direct. Meanwhile, on the literary side, a new novel will tell a story about events after “The Division 2” and how the Dollar Flu pandemic impacts different regions of the U.S. Perhaps, it could be a lead-in to one of the upcoming games.
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Author: Gieson Cacho