Yes, The Division 3 is real and in development, as confirmed by Ubisoft in what is one of the most indifferent game announcements of all time. Or, at least, one of the most curious ones we remember.
The news comes through a press release sent to several media outlets by the French publisher. In it, it is confirmed that the creative director of Star Wars Outlaws, Julian Gerighty, has been appointed as the new executive producer of the Tom Clancy’s The Division series.
Following that, in a casual manner, the press release states that Massive Entertainment, the developer of the first two installments, is “actively forming a team” for the development of The Division 3.
Currently, Massive Entertainment is leading the development of Star Wars Outlaws and Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora, which is set to be released before the end of the year on December 7th.
However, this doesn’t mean you should include The Division 3 on your wishlist for 2024. It’s likely that the game isn’t even in pre-production yet, so it will be a couple of years before we see a trailer, and even longer until its release.
Additionally, The Division 2 continues to receive seasonal content updates, and it seems likely that the free-to-play game, The Division Heartland, will be released before the third installment. It’s worth noting that very little has been revealed about Heartland since its announcement in May 2021.
Nevertheless, it’s likely that The Division Heartland will become the focal point of the franchise once The Division 2’s content runs its course.
The second installment in the series is nearing its fifth anniversary since its release, so it’s not hard to imagine that its most dedicated fans might be looking for something different while they await the third major title. By the way, an update for the PS5 and Xbox Series X for The Division 2 would be very welcome.