Ubisoft announces Division movie, novel, mobile title, Division Heartland F2P game, and Division 2 update

    
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Ubisoft dropped a big nugget of news for The Division fans today: It’s working on a new game in the franchise called Tom Clancy’s The Division Heartland.

“Tom Clancy’s The Division Heartland, a free-to-play game set in The Division universe, is in development at our Red Storm studio. Having worked on Tom Clancy games since 1997, its extensive experience across numerous genres and games, most recently The Division and The Division 2, makes Red Storm a perfect fit for this project. Heartland is a standalone game that doesn’t require previous experience with the series but will provide an all new perspective on the universe in a new setting. The game will be made available in 2021-22 on PC, consoles, and cloud.”

Apparently, there’s a mobile game in development, as well as a content update for The Division 2 (with “an entirely new game mode for The Division franchise and new methods for levelling your agents with an emphasis on increasing build variety and viability”), a new “transmedia” novel, and a Netflix-backed film “inspired by the events of the original game [and starring] Jessica Chastain and Jake Gyllenhaal.”

Signups for the free-to-play title tests are already live.

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Clay Stauffer

I’m actually playing the Division 2 right now and I always thought the payment model a bit wonky. I mean, I bought the game but I can also get me a season pass that gets me….more stuff? I guess? I’m thinking Free to Play may be the right place for the Division to go….

The Division series could be ported over to a F2P model easily and still retain all of the gameplay elements of the other Division games. If the payment model is close to something like Path of Exile or Warframe, I think it could be a really good match.

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squid

Survival PvP game.

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Danny Smith

BOY THIS SURE IS THE RIGHT TIME FOR A MULTIMEDIA BLITZ ABOUT A POST PANDEMIC AMERICA WHERE INSURGENTS TOOK OVER THE CAPITAL HAHA

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squid

#truesons

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Blake

I mean Reality shows are all the rage, right? :)

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Louie

But Ubisoft said their games aren’t political, so it’s cool /s

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Life_Isnt_Just_Dank_Memes

Really strange to me they aren’t doing this on Amazon Prime with the Jack Ryan and John Kelly(Without Remorse)shows as a full universe.

What a disjointed and strange franchise the Clancy stuff is.

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Greaterdivinity

Licensing rights are weird. Ubi probably only has them for games, so they’d need to work with Amazon/whoever owns the film/TV rights to do anything.

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Luis Gomes

In case you missed it, and wouldn’t blame it since it was in 2008, but Ubisoft is the sole owner of the Tom Clancy’s name – https://www.cnet.com/news/ubisoft-buys-tom-clancys-name/

Also a excerpt of the article:

Tom Clancy has sold his name.

French video game giant Ubisoft said Thursday that it has agreed to buy all “intellectual property rights to the Tom Clancy name, on a perpetual basis and free of all related future royalty payments, for use in video games and ancillary products including related books, movies and merchandising products.”

So, strictly speaking, Clancy, the author of megahit books like Patriot Games, The Hunt for Red October, and The Sum of All Fears will get to continue to use his own moniker in his personal life. And even on his books.

But when it comes to video game properties based on his work, and even, apparently, most other media, well, Ubisoft is his daddy.

Of course, Ubisoft has already been publishing a series of Clancy-branded games, such as the Ghost Recon series and the Rainbow Six series, but those were done under royalty arrangements.
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WhiskeyFourSix

The Division franchise is not part of the Jack Ryan universe, while Rainbox 6, Ghost Recon, and Splinter Cell are. The Division is in the “Tom Clancy’s” game division/unit, nothing more. The “Tom Clancy’s” game unit is just Ubisoft’s modern-day shooter/thriller IP holder. Also, Clancy died well before The Division was dreamed up/created, so not sure what he would have thought about it.

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Chaos Engine

I guess that free to play game will either be a BR or a survival game to target the Fortnite zoomer audience.

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John Mclain

I’d also place a wager on that being the case. Every game company just follows whatever the current game trend is at the time.

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Greaterdivinity

I genuinely hope not. They already have that one BR game that I forget the name of (the only one I was interested in since there’s no inventory management) and that seems to have not quite taken off. It was already much more in-line with Fortnite in terms of a brighter/cartoonier art style, so Division BR would probably be more after the CoD: Warzone crowd if anything.

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Greaterdivinity

This is a weird rollout, with a non-timeline that looks like a timeline. It kinda feels like Ubi lost any direction they may have had with Division and are just throwing shit at a wall and seeing what sticks.

F2P version could be cool, but without any information at all it’s kinda “meh”, I’m hoping it’s not PvP focused. Mobile release could be cool, but without any information “meh”. Movie and book are /whatever for me.

I’m actually playing this a bit again, but damn it’s hard to stay motivated/engaged playing the same stuff I’ve done a million times already and knowing that there isn’t anything coming until at least the fall. Brand-new mode for Division is cool and all, but the utter lack of anything to do in the 9 months before that is lame. It really feels like Massive, who are already busy with the Avatar/Star Wars games, were as surprised to hear that more content would be coming for Division 2 as everyone else was when the CEO announced that in Feb. Curious why they’re revamping the leveling process now…feels…super duper mega late for that, especially considering we don’t even know if it will continue to be supported with subsequent updates?