Ubisoft cancels The Division Heartland, shifts focus to open-world games

Ubisoft has announced the cancellation of The Division Heartland, a free multiplayer game that was originally planned for release on PC, PlayStation, and Xbox consoles. The company has stated that they will be reallocating the resources from this project to focus on other opportunities, such as the XDefiant and Rainbow Six titles, as well as open world games.

The development of The Division Heartland was announced in 2021 as a new addition to the Tom Clancy’s The Division franchise, developed by Red Storm Entertainment. Ubisoft’s head of Finance at the time, Frederick Duguet, emphasized the company’s strategy of maintaining Triple A games while also exploring free-to-play games as part of their long-term plans.

However, after three years, Ubisoft has decided to cancel the development of The Division Heartland in order to prioritize other projects. This decision was announced in the company’s latest quarterly earnings report, where they outlined a cost reduction plan to optimize operations and adapt to market trends.

In addition to canceling The Division Heartland, Ubisoft has also halted development of other unannounced titles and reduced their workforce by over 1,700 positions in the past 18 months. The company currently has 19,011 employees as of March this year.

Moving forward, Ubisoft’s video game strategy will focus on open world titles like Assassin’s Creed

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