The Division's Ongoing Support Unaffected By Developer's New Avatar Game
Ubisoft says it's looking forward to talking about what's next for The Division soon.
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Earlier this week, Ubisoft announced that The Division developer Ubisoft Massive is now working on a new Avatar game with James Cameron's Lightstorm Entertainment and film company Fox. Some wondered what impact this might have on The Division. Now, Ubisoft has explained that the untitled Avatar game is being made by a totally separate internal team, so The Division's ongoing support is unchanged.
"Avatar is a new project with its own dedicated team and Massive is currently recruiting top talent to work on it," Ubisoft said in a statement to Eurogamer. "Avatar's development has no impact on the team working on The Division or on our plans to continually support and update the game and brand for the long term."
The statement goes on: "We're proud of what the team has accomplished with The Division, thankful for our community's dedication, and looking forward to sharing more about what's coming next for the game very soon."
Ubisoft Massive, which is based on Sweden, is a large studio, staffed by almost 400 people. As the statement mentions, the team is looking to grow for the new Avatar game. There are dozens of open positions posted to Ubisoft Massive's careers portal right now.
The Division's newest expansion, Last Stand, launched on February 28 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. A massive free update, containing new Dark Zone areas and a lot of balance changes, also came to the game on that day--you can see the complete patch notes here.
Last Stand is The Division's third and final announced expansion, following Underground and Survival. No new add-ons have been announced, though as the statement above says, Ubisoft is not finished supporting the game just yet.
As for the Avatar game, almost nothing is known about it, apart from the fact that it is set on Pandora and will come to PC and consoles. No date has been set and no gameplay has been shown. It's the second Avatar game from Ubisoft, as the publisher worked with Cameron on a 2009 game that served as a prequel to his blockbuster.
There are four Avatar movie sequels in the works. Filming is expected to begin this summer, with Cameron reportedly eyeing Christmas 2018 for the first sequel's release.