The Division gets a free to play standalone expansion

The Division returns after a surprise Ubisoft announcement. Ubisoft revealed a new game called The Division: Heartland is due to be released. This is different from the other games as it will be free-to-play.

Red Storm Entertainment is the studio working on this, with over 20 years of experience in the Tom Clancy games. The developer Massive Entertainment, responsible for the previous games in the series won’t be involved. The last title Red Storm Entertainment was the lead developer on for a Tom Clancy game Ghost Recon Future Soldier.

All they revealed was it’s a standalone release for Xbox, PC and PlayStation due 2021/22. We also don’t know how similar to the previous games this will be as Ubisoft only stated this.

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.

You can register your interest for the early test phases here. Once registering they ask for your preferred platform such as Xbox One or Series X/S or PlayStation 4 or PlayStation 5 as well as PC. So it could be safe to assume there will be an upgraded version for current-gen hardware.

What else is coming to the franchise?

A blog post mentions the series is launching on mobile devices. However, they said more to be revealed later on. There will also be a Netflix film, starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Jessica Chastain. As well as this film, the story of The Division 2 will be expanded in an upcoming novel.

This film also marks the first big step in a broader plan to expand The Division universe’s transmedia offerings. With that in mind, we’re revealing an original novel coming from our publishing partners at Acolyte. This new story is set after the events of The Division 2 and explores how the Outbreak affects different regions of the United States as agents fight to secure supply routes.

We also get more content for The Division 2 later this year. This is led by Ubisoft Massive and supported by Ubisoft Bucharest. It provides a new game mode and new methods for leveling your agents with an “emphasis on increasing build variety and viability.”

Hopefully, more will be revealed in the coming months, especially with E3 set to resume. We may see more Resident Evil collaborations due to the recent release of Resident Evil Village.

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