Ubisoft has recently unveiled a fresh addition to its well-received third-person tactical military online looter shooter franchise, The Division. The announcement of The Division 3 may have escaped your attention, as Ubisoft discreetly included this news within a corporate press release, alongside the confirmation of a new executive producer for the “Division brand.” This move by the company underscores its significant intentions for the series.
The initial installment in the Tom Clancy’s The Division series, released in 2016, depicted a scenario in which a biological terrorist attack unleashed a deadly virus in New York City through contaminated currency. This dire incident triggered the activation of a covert group of highly skilled agents known as Division agents. These operatives armed themselves and embarked on a mission to eliminate criminals and potential threats within the city, all while scavenging for essential supplies like food, clothing, and valuable firearms. In 2019, The Division 2 was launched, continuing the narrative, but this time the action shifted to Washington, DC. Subsequently, the franchise has announced two additional games, both pending release. Now, Ubisoft has confirmed the development of another project within the Division series, marking the third installment in the main franchise.
The revelation of The Division 3 didn’t make its debut through an attention-grabbing CG trailer or a prominent teaser during a press conference. Instead, it was discreetly disclosed on September 21 as part of a broader press release centered around Julian Gerighty, the newly appointed executive producer for the franchise. Previously, he served as the associate creative director on the initial game and later assumed the role of lead creative director for the sequel. Ubisoft has now confirmed that he is directing his focus toward The Division 3 and a multitude of other projects set within the expansive universe of The Division.
Ubisoft has indicated that Julian Gerighty is assembling a team for The Division 3, with Massive Entertainment once again taking the development reins. Additionally, Ubisoft has reaffirmed its commitment to supporting The Division 2. However, beyond these details, there is limited information available about this recently announced sequel. Given Ubisoft’s statement, it appears that the project is in its early stages of development, leaving few additional details to unveil at this time.
“We may have over 40 million players,” said Gerighty, “but The Division is still in its early years as a franchise. There are so many incredible stories to tell, places to explore, and people to protect. “
Nevertheless, before Julian Gerighty can fully immerse himself in the realm of Tom Clancy’s looter-shooter, he must first conclude his responsibilities on a separate project: Star Wars: Outlaws. Presently, he holds the position of creative director for this upcoming open-world Star Wars adventure and will not assume his role as the producer of The Division franchise until the release of Star Wars: Outlaws in 2024.
Although The Division 3 is likely quite a few years down the road, it’s worth noting that there are at least two other Division games slated for release sooner rather than later.