Ubisoft has unexpectedly announced that Tom Clancy’s The Division 3 is being developed by Massive Entertainment, although that doesn’t mean it has gone unnoticed.
Fans of Ubisoft’s action RPG Tom Clancy’s The Division will be pleased to know that the developer has recently announced The Division 3. The original game and its 2019 sequel, The Division 2, are considered among the best games released by Ubisoft. Both titles still have a loyal fan base to this day.
The Division franchise is set in a post-apocalyptic United States after a viral outbreak of the dollar flu – an artificial mutation of smallpox – wipes out much of the population, first in New York and then in Washington DC.
The two games have been praised for both their single and multiplayer gameplay, as well as their rich story and immersive environments. And fans have been hoping for an announcement of The Division 3 for years.
Despite some people claiming earlier this year that the game was not in Ubisoft’s plans, this does not seem to be the case. Quietly enough, development on the third mainline entry in the franchise has finally been confirmed. Ubisoft has announced that Julian Gerighty will take on the role of executive producer for The Division brand at Massive Entertainment. He joins the team following his role as creative director on Star Wars Outlaws. In describing Gerighty’s new position, Ubisoft said, “Now, he’s setting his sights on Tom Clancy’s The Division 3, as well as a plethora of other projects set in The Division universe.”
The casual mention of the long-awaited sequel has not gone unnoticed. The Division 3 quickly trended on Twitter and other social media sites. Other projects mentioned in Ubisoft’s announcement include a free-to-play spin-off survival shooter called The Division Heartland. There’s also the mobile game The Division Resurgence and possibly a long-rumored movie adaptation.
Many franchise fans were unhappy with the unveiling of either game project and continued to hold out hope for a true mainline sequel to the first two instalments.
However, The Division Resurgence has already undergone some closed beta tests. The feedback has been generally positive. Following in the footsteps of the first game, The Resurgence is set in New York City after the dollar flu has hit the population. It will feature a unique storyline, and this time, players will be part of the first wave of Division agents sent to restore order. Division Resurgence will bring back the Dark Zone, however, and some familiar NPCs will make an appearance.
As for the third part, apart from briefly mentioning Gerighty’s new role in Ubisoft’s announcement, nothing else is known for now. Hopefully, fans won’t have to wait too much longer for more information tidbits, and maybe even a trailer or two.
Julian Gerighty has been appointed Executive Producer for the Tom Clancy’s The Division brand. Julian will oversee all games and products, including Tom Clancy’s The Division 3, led by Massive Entertainment who is actively building a team for the game.
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