It didn’t take long. As soon as Ubisoft has announced the free-to-play spinoff The Division: Heartland, the first material and information has already seeped into the network.
Ubisoft is making every effort to remove the leaked videos. However, that does not change the fact that some initial information about the free-to-play title has now landed on the Internet. The material apparently comes from a currently running closed beta and is still under NDA, i.e. it was illegally posted on the Internet.
There wasn’t much to see anyway, but at least some information was revealed through the leaked material. Accordingly, The Division: Heartland is a third-person cover shooter – not surprising given the two main games. There is also talk of a battle pass.
The biggest difference is apparently the scenario, because while The Division 1 and 2 played in large cities (New York and Washington), Heartland apparently puts you in a more rural area called Silver Creek. A converted ice rink apparently serves as a base there, in which the services of various NPCs are available to you.
Another leaked video, an introduction to the beta by lead designer Taylor Epperly, also reveals a lot about the game modes. Accordingly, there is a cooperative PvE story mode called Expedition, which reveals the background of Silver Creek to you. There is also a PvPvE mode for three teams of up to 15 players each, which is apparently supposed to have certain similarities with the survival mode from The Division, mixed with the Dark Zone.
It will be interesting to see if and when Ubisoft will post official information after the leaks. So far it is only known that Red Storm is working on the title, and not Ubisoft Massive as with the main games. A date is also not yet known.