UPDATE OCTOBER 29: Tom Clancy's The Division Heartland now expected to launch at some point between 2022 and 2023.
Publisher and developer Ubisoft has announced its expansion plans for The Division universe, which now include a free-to-play game called Heartland. Details about the upcoming title remain rather scarce, but the window during which its PC release date will occur was revealed.
Developed by Red Storm Entertainment, studio that worked on other Tom Clancy games, including those in the Ghost Recon and Rainbow Six series, The Division Heartland could release later in the year.
"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," the publisher said in a post on its website.
"The game will be made available in 2021-22 on PC, consoles, and cloud."
The Division Heartland's announcement is part of Ubisoft's broader plans to expand the series' universe.
A mobile game is also on the way, while The Division 2, whose Warlords of New York expansion was "the most active in the game’s history", is slated to receive an update later this year.
As far as transmedia efforts go, the previously announced Netflix movie is still in development. Starring Jessica Chastain and Jake Gyllenhaal, it is inspired by the events of the original title.
Lastly, a novel set after the events of the second game, exploring "how the Outbreak affects different regions of the United States as agents fight to secure supply routes," will be published by Aconyte.
Later in 2021, during Ubisoft's Q2 financial earnings' call, the publisher confirmed that The Division Heartland's PC release window has shifted to the next financial year, which essentially means that the game will be out at some point between 2022 and 2023.
We'll keep an eye open and update this article as soon as we learn more about The Division Heartland's release date. Those interested in a chance to participate in the game's early playtests can now sign up.
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