After the failure of Hyper Scape, Ubisoft really wants a successful battle royale.
Official screenshot of Tom Clancy’s The Division 2 on Twitter
It looks like Ubisoft is putting a lot of effort into The Division IP. The developer not only announced that The Division 2 will receive updates for Year 5, but also revealed a new mobile game called The Division Resurgence. With the former set to receive content and updates throughout 2023, it’s safe to say that Ubisoft considers it one of the studio’s sustaining IPs.
In fact, there may be more to the world of The Division than just a new mobile game. According to industry insider Jeff Grubb, Ubisoft plans to revive its shelved Division Battle Royale project.
“Codename Reaper is a standalone battle royale from The Division,” Grubb said in an episode of his show Game Mess. “It was shelved last year after some bad impressions from players, but now Ubisoft has restarted work because they closed Hyper Scape. They really want a successful battle royale. Rework is a big word, it’s more of a rework with roguelike features.” .”
It makes sense that Ubisoft would also want to get a piece of the battle royale action, considering the success of other major studios. Unfortunately, it didn’t work with Hyper Scape as the game was shut down just 18 months after release. “We set out to create a fast-paced, close-range, vertical shooting experience and are extremely grateful to our community for joining us on our journey,” Ubisoft said at the time. “We will carry the key learnings from this game to future products.
Perhaps the studio feels that a more established IP like The Division would have a better chance of attracting audiences. With a slew of Division-based content being released, Ubisoft may be raising anticipation for the battle royale’s release.
The Division Resurgence appears to have a similar structure and gameplay loop to the main games. It will be set in New York, where players will take on the role of “an agent of the Strategic Homeland Division (SHD), your mission is to restore order, protect civilians from hostile factions, and help them rebuild a better future.”
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