Ubisoft cancels The Division Heartland in spite of record annual corporate revenues

very organic, much footprint, so cash flow


There’s a big blast of bad news for Ubisoft and everyone else coming out of the company’s latest financial report: The company has outright canceled The Division Heartland.

The Heartland entry in the long-running Tom Clancy The Division franchise was originally revealed three years ago back in 2021 as a F2P PC/console title from Ubisoft’s Red Storm studio. Of course, it was also expected out by 2022, which did not happen. And it was announced alongside a movie we’ve heard nothing else about. The cancelation is supposedly part of Ubisoft’s pivot back to open world adventure and games-as-a-service titles; the company says it has “redeployed resources” to other games, notably XDefiant and Rainbow Six.

As for the rest of Ubisoft, CEO Yves Guillemot declared that its full year financials – which saw record revenues up 27% compared to the previous year – “confirm that Ubisoft is back on track on its profitable growth trajectory” thanks to the company’s ongoing cost-reduction efforts and expected “turnaround” next year following Star Wars Outlaws and Assassin’s Creed Shadows. Rainbow Six Siege and multiple Assassin’s Creed games were called out as driving those revenues. Also something something leveraging the organic core verticals. I swear this is in the release attributed to Guillemot and I didn’t just make this up.

“Pursuing a pragmatic and selective organic investment approach, and in line with the strategic pillars announced last year, our strategic focus is on returning to leadership in the Open World Adventure segment and expanding our footprint in GaaSnative experiences. With these core verticals, and leveraging ongoing investments in our technologies to reach and maintain a competitive advantage, we aim to drive growth and recurrence with the objective to gradually expand operating income and generate robust free cash flow.”

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