Ubisoft Adds Another Studio To The Division’s Development
In the latest chapter of "As The Division Turns," Ubisoft has announced the addition of another division to The Division, specifically the team at Ubisoft Annecy.
The UbiBlog details the new collaboration without actually saying what the studio will be working on, instead talking about Annecy's prior feats in the Assassin's Creed series, most notably Ezio's Villa in Monteriggioni from Assassin's Creed II and most recently the Cafe Theatre from Assassin's Creed Unity.
Massive Entertainment, the lead developer on the game, seems perfectly fine with the new addition. “We are very happy that Ubisoft Annecy is part of The Division’s family,” Massive managing director David Polfeldt said in the blog. “They are highly experienced and talented developers, adding much value to the project. Being able to work with other studios offers fantastic creative opportunities during development and, in the end, strongly benefits the overall quality of the game.”
As cool as this announcement sounds and as qualified as Ubiosft Annecy seems to be, we're not completely on board with this. We've known about The Division for two years now, the first reveal taking place at E3 2013. As far as we the public know this game is supposed to launch during this upcoming holiday season. Despite those facts, Ubisoft is still adding people to the development team five or six months before it's supposed to launch? That reeks of rushed development, adding manpower to get the game on shelves before it's ready, and Ubisoft of all publishers should know that's a bad idea. We'll see for sure when the game launches, but for now consider us skeptical.
Tom Clancy's The Division is scheduled to launch this fall for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC.