The Division is taking a long time to develop because there are many components in the game Ubisoft wants to nail down flawlessly considering it’s a brand new IP. The Division has a lot of potential, so messing one component up can seriously damage the franchise. Since the multiplayer mode is an important component in The Division, Ubisoft has decided to recruit a fourth developer to help perfect the online experience.
Ubisoft Annecy is a studio who previously worked on Splinter Cell: Pandora Tomorrow and Assassin’s Creed II‘s multiplayer mode, they will now be working very closely on The Division, according to Ubisoft Annecy Studio Manager Rebecka Coutaz.
The team in Annecy is delighted to be collaborating with Massive, Red Storm and Reflections on Tom Clancy’s The Division. We are bringing our previous experience in multiplayer online games and this project is allowing us to build our technical knowledge in other areas and become experts on this incredible brand. The collaboration with the other studios is going very smoothly, and we’re working together to ensure we meet and exceed the high expectations players have for this new title.
The Division is slated to launch sometime this year, but a specific date has not been announced yet. The open-world third-person shooter is currently being developed by Massive Entertainment, Red Storm, Reflections, and Annecy for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and Windows PC.