As part of Ubisoft’s latest earnings report, the company confirmed The Division: Heartland has already suffered a delay.
Heartland was previously set to release during Ubisoft’s fiscal 2021–22, but it appears this has been pushed to fiscal 2022–23. This means the earliest release date would be April 2022, while the latest would be March 2023. During the earnings call, management said there should be concern of Heartland’s development, as plans are underway for the game’s next test.
Ubisoft did acknowledge that they plan to struggle in the free-to-play market before finding their footing. “Success may first imply failures, to grow and learn as the group constantly builds new skills, technologies, and capabilities. While there is more work ahead, Ubisoft is confident these organic investments will ultimately pay off and significantly enhance the scale and value of its biggest franchises,” Ubisoft said.
Management also discussed Ghost Recon: Frontline. Despite the critical response to the game’s announcement, the developers are sticking with the game and believes it will do well.
Heartland is a free-to-play game set in The Division universe and is being developed by Red Storm. It’s a standalone title, and Ubisoft says you don’t need to know anything about the series to enjoy the experience. It will feature an “all-new perspective” on The Division franchise, and takes place “in a new setting.”
In other news, Ubisoft’s earnings report also included a big takeaway on Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, which now the company’s second biggest profit-generating game.