The Division Now Being Co-Developed by Ubisoft Reflections
In early January, an anonymous Ubisoft Massive developer reportedly claimed that Tom Clancy’s The Division won’t make its 2014 release window.
More specifically, the dev said, “The fact that Ubisoft has gone public with a 2014 release date feels laughable to be perfectly honest, we will never be able to release The Division this year.”
We pinged Ubisoft to ask about the release date rumor, and while they responded with a flat, “no comment,” it appears they’re taking steps to hurry The Division’s development along.
Develop reports that UK studio Ubisoft Reflections (Driver) is now “co-developing” The Division with Ubisoft Massive. Reflections has chipped in on a number of recent Ubisoft games, including Far Cry 3 and the upcoming Watch Dogs, but Managing Director Pauline Jacquey said that in this case, a full 40% of her studio is working on The Division.
Asked whether the collaboration signaled development troubles for The Division, Jacquey said, “That’s absolutely not the case. This is part of a global model that Ubisoft has been deploying in the past seven or eight years.”
“It’s also classic team size management. You don’t want your team to be too big when you’re in the initial phase of conception, when you need a lot of agility. But when you’re in full production – and given that the game’s scope is gigantic – it needs a big team behind it.”
For now at least, The Division still has a TBA 2014 release date. We’ll keep you posted.