Ubisoft is giving looter shooter fans another slice of action alongside The Division Heartland and mobile title The Division Resurgence. That’s because The Division 3 is happening, operatives. Out of nowhere, the Assassin’s Creed developer confirms that a new entry is in active development, alongside a huge shift for the direction of the franchise.
The fresh announcement states “that Julian Gerighty has been appointed as the new executive producer for the billion-dollar brand Tom Clancy’s The Division.” As executive producer, Gerighty’s oversight will extend to the current slate of Division titles, which includes the forthcoming The Division Heartland. This includes the confirmation of a third mainline entry, as Gerighty oversees development on “Tom Clancy’s The Division 3, led by Massive Entertainment, who is actively building a team for the game.”
Additionally, Ubisoft expresses where the future of The Division will be going, as it says that Gerighty’s new role will “drive the many interdependent production elements of The Division brand in a unified direction. This includes development oversight, operations, and creative vision together with the development teams around the world who are currently developing the mobile game Tom Clancy’s The Division Resurgence, Tom Clancy’s The Division Heartland, and Tom Clancy’s The Division 2.”
Speculation around The Division 3 has remained a constant source of excitement for fans, especially as the franchise explores new ground with the free-to-play nature of Heartland. However, support for The Division 2 has been consistent since its 2019 release, with 5 major expansions giving the game new life. One key expansion is The Warlords of New York DLC, which takes players back to the streets of New York City from the first game.
Commenting on Gerighty’s new role, Thomas Andrén (Managing Director at Massive Entertainment), says that “Julian’s dedication and understanding of the brand together with his extensive background in game development makes him a perfect match for the job of ushering in a new era of Tom Clancy’s The Division.”
Gerighty is also a director on Star Wars Outlaws, but Ubisoft squashes worries that The Division 3 will affect development of the open-world game: “Julian remains fully committed to making Star Wars Outlaws […] He will remain on the project through launch to ensure the game meets the intended creative vision and provides a great experience for players.”