The lights are on
With Ubisoft’s quarterly financial report due on Monday February 10, the conversation is no doubt likely to turn to the status of Tom Clancy’s The Division. Today, Ubisoft has announced that its Reflections studio (Driver: San Francisco, Just Dance 4 in collaboration with Paris) will be aiding Ubisoft Massive.
Develop interviewed Reflections’ managing director Pauline Jacquey on the arrangement. Reflections, which is based in Newcastle, has five different teams, one of which is now dedicated to The Division. This represents approximately 40 percent of the studio.
Ubisoft has a history of collaborative projects among its many studios. For instance, the number of studios contributing to the Assassin’s Creed series has grown over time, with eight different Ubisoft development houses playing a role in the most recent title.
Still, when we met with Ubisoft at E3 2013, when The Division was announced, it was Massive’s experience and vision that was the focus of the conversation. As of right now, The Division is scheduled for release in 2014. At this time though, press has not been afforded hands-on time and much is still unknown about how the game will work. The Division is slated for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC.
Our TakeI don’t take this as a good sign for the progress of The Division. The 2014 target for the game has been excessively ambitious, and the additional staff seems to indicate that the progress isn’t moving as quickly as Ubisoft would like. I do not expect The Division during calendar year 2014.