A spin-off in The Division universe is in the works at Ubisoft. The Division: Heartland will be a free-to-play game, expected in 2021-2022. Red Storm studio will is developing the new title. They have worked on Tom Clancy’s games since 1997.
Heartland may be Ubisoft’s new battle royal. The genre is especially popular with games like Fortnite and PUBG dominating the market. Ubisoft’s first attempt at a battle royal was Hyperspace, but its population has been underwhelming.
The Division would be perfect for the battle royal genre. The main titles have a well-established story in a post-apocalypse world. Players are often in squads and fight different factions with opposing goals. With the title Heartland, it’s likely the game will take place in middle America. The environment will look similar to PUBG.
The game could differ from other battle royals if they use the settings from the first game. Landing in New York instead of an open field would provide a vastly different feel. Hunting for other players and finding loot becomes a vertical game with large skyscrapers. You would want a shotgun for close-range combat and a rifle to shoot from building to building. The Division could be a refreshing update for those getting tired of Fortnite’s cartoonish style, Warzone’s trolls, and PUBG’s cheaters.
Heartland is only the first step in Ubisoft’s plans to expand The Division universe. There is a new expansion coming for The Division 2; this will be the second expansion following 2020’s Warlords of New York. A mobile game is also in the works. A popular market that gave PUBG a second chance at life. A Division movie will be coming to Netflix, starring Jessica Chastain and Jake Gyllenhaal. It will follow the events of the first game.
Ubisoft is investing heavily in The Division brand. Epic has Fortnite and Activision has Call of Duty. Ubisoft is trying to turn The Division into its flagship cash cow.
You can sign up for The Division: Heartland Beta here.