The Division Heartland Canceled as Ubisoft Sees “Bigger Opportunities” with XDefiant, Rainbow Six

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The Division Heartland, a free-to-play, PvEvP-focused survival-action shooter from Red Storm Entertainment set in the mysterious rural town of Silver Creek, is no longer in development, Ubisoft has revealed. Ubisoft shared the news in a press release containing its full-year 2023-24 earnings figures today, explaining that the team would be moved to other, “bigger” opportunities, including Rainbow Six and XDefiant, the latter of which is launching next week on May 21 for PS5, Xbox Series X|S, and Windows PCs.

A section titled “cost reduction plan on track, more focused and selective investments” from Ubisoft reads:

  • “As part of Ubisoft’s efforts to streamline its operations and adapt to evolving market trends,there have been further reorganizations within the Global Publishing teams, both at the APAC region, that is now organized into three engagement hubs, and at the central level.”
  • “Additionally, in line with the increased selectivity of its investments, Ubisoft has decided to stop development on The Division Heartland and has redeployed resources to bigger opportunities such as XDefiant and Rainbow Six.”
  • “Thanks to the continued tight control on recruitments, organizational simplification as well as targeted restructurings, the total number of employees stood at 19,011 at the end of March 2024. This represents a decrease of more than 1,700 over 18 months, while retention has continued to improve over the period.”
  • “The cost reduction plan is well on track, with the FY 2023-24 fixed cost base3 standing at around €1.6 billion. This represents a year-on-year reduction of around €150 million, including a favorable foreign exchange impact.”

What The Division Heartland would have looked like:

A gameplay description:

In a single play session, experience both the challenge and exploration of daytime and the thrill and intensity of nightfall. During the day explore and complete critical objectives, scavenge for materials and supplies, and face off against dangerous enemies. When day turns to night the stakes heighten and new enemies appear. Avoid the increasingly volatile contamination, fight your way through rogue NPCs, and take on newly hostile players.


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Tsing Mui
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