Division 3 Officially Announced, Ubisoft Doubles Down On Series

Ubisoft just announced a new entry in its popular third-person tactical military online looter shooter series, The Division. You probably didn’t notice The Division 3 was revealed because Ubisoft buried the news inside a corporate press release announcing a new executive producer for the “Division brand,” confirming the company has big plans for the series.

The first game in the franchise, Tom Clancy’s The Division, launched in 2016 and told the story of a biological terrorist attack in New York City that spread a deadly virus via dollar bills. This horrible event activated a secret group of highly trained operatives, Division agents, who grabbed some guns and began killing every criminal and slightly dangerous person in the city while ransacking apartments for food, clothes, and rare guns. In 2019, The Division 2 launched and continued the story but this time the shooting and looting happened in Washington, DC. Since then, the franchise has announced two games but neither has been released. And now Ubisoft has gone and done it again, this time confirming that it’s working on yet another Division project, a third entry in the main franchise.

The news of this new Division 3 didn’t come via a flashy CG trailer or some big teaser at a press conference. Instead, it was quietly announced on September 21 in a larger press release focused on Julian Gerighty, the new executive producer of the franchise. He was previously the associate creative director on the first game before becoming the lead creative director on the sequel. And now, according to Ubisoft, he’s “setting his sights on” The Division 3 as well as a “plethora of other projects set in The Division universe.”

We don’t know much about The Division 3

Ubisoft says Gerighty is building a team for The Division 3, which will once again be developed by Massive Entertainment. The publisher also confirmed that it will continue to support The Division 2, as well. Beyond that, we don’t know much more about this just-announced sequel. And based on what Ubisoft is saying here, I’m not sure there’s much to announce as it sounds like the project is just starting development.

“We may have over 40 million players,” said Gerighty, “but The Division is still in its early years as a franchise. There are so many incredible stories to tell, places to explore, and people to protect. “

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However, before Gerighty can hop onto the Tom Clancy looter-shooter train, he has to finish up his work on a different project: Star Wars: Outlaws. He’s currently the creative director behind that upcoming open-world Star Wars adventure, and won’t officially start his duties as producer of The Division franchise until that game ships in 2024.

While The Division 3 is likely years away at this point, we know there are at least two other Division games coming out sooner rather than later.

First, The Division: Resurgence, a free-to-play mobile shooter set in New York City. The other entry is The Division: Heartland, an extraction-like shooter set in the middle of the United States and featuring more rural environments and survival elements. Perhaps one day in the future Ubisoft will stop announcing Division games and actually release one. We shall see…


Everything Announced At The Disney Dreamlight Valley Showcase

Disneys Dreamlight Valley is finally getting online multiplayer as part of its big December update. We also learned about future free updates that will add more characters and realms as well as more details on the game’s first paid expansion launching in December, too.

Dreamlight Valley (see it at Best Buy) is just over a year old after being released in paid early access last September. And to celebrate that milestone, on November 1 Gameloft posted the first digital showcase dedicated to the cozy game and its future, revealing new details about what’s coming soon, and later down the road to Disney’s Animal Crossing-like life sim.

Here’s everything announced during the nearly 25-minute showcase.

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Online multiplayer and Jack Skellington coming next month

While Gameloft announced and showed a lot during the showcase, by far the biggest news was the confirmation that after months of teasing, Dreamlight Valley is getting online co-op on December 5 as part of the game’s big, free winter update.

Valleyverse, what Gameloft is calling the multiplayer mode, will let up to three players meet up and hang out together in your valley. You’ll also be able to visit other valleys and exchange items with folks. Another benefit of checking out other players’ valleys is the ability to see what items are for sale that day in their version of Scrooge McDuck’s store.

Gameloft is promising that this is just the start and that it plans to continue to update and expand online multiplayer in the future, adding new features and options.

And Jack Skellington from The Nightmare Before Christmas will join Dreamlight Valley on December 5 alongside a new winter-themed Star Path (aka battle pass) that will feature snowy outfits based on famous Disney characters.

More details on Dreamlight Valley’s first paid expansion

As previously confirmed, Dreamlight Valley will leave Early Access (and not go free-to-play) on December 5. And that’s the same day that the game’s first expansion, A Rift In Time, will launch. When Gameloft first announced this new expansion, which will cost $30, it didn’t share too many details. So this showcase was the first real in-depth look at what players would get for that price.

A Rift In Time will tell a new story featuring Jafar from Aladdin as the main villain. This new narrative will be spread across three acts. The first act starts in December while the other two parts of the story will launch sometime in 2024. Gameloft says the first act will introduce players to new characters EVE from Wall-E, Gaston from Beauty and the Beast, and Rapunzel from Tangled. Gameloft says two more new characters will arrive in the later acts in 2024.

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The new expansion is set in Eternity Isle, a new world featuring three distinct biomes: Ancient’s Landing, Glittering Dunes, and the Wild Tangle. Each biome will feature new plants and animals to tame as well as new cooking ingredients, such as fantasy figs and cinnamon. These will help players craft new recipes.

Gameloft explained the new world is about the same size as the original valley found in the main game. The studio also confirmed that this new area will have its own, separate object count, letting players decorate freely without fear of running out of space.

Another feature included in this new region are Ancient Machines which will let players automate certain activities, like watering planets and cooking meals. All of this as well as the new characters will be available to expansion owners in the main game’s valley, too.

Gameloft’s plans for Dreamlight Valley in 2024

Beyond the big December update and the new expansion, Gameloft shared a roadmap for its free updates coming next year. First up, Sulley and Mike from Monsters Inc. will be showing up in the game early in the year. A new Monsters Inc.-themed realm is also being added.

An image shows the 2024 free update roadmap for Dreamlight Valley.

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After that, Gameloft teased a new “Vibrant Villager” coming in spring 2024. Based on the image used in the roadmap it seems to be Daisy Duck. Later in spring, a new Realm potentially themed around Mulan will be added to the game. And finally, in summer Gameloft will add Tiana from The Princess and the Frog as well as New Orleans-inspired recipes.

Gameloft says all of these updates will include new Star Paths, additional features, and improvements, too. It feels like the company is really trying to convince folks that just because it’s releasing a paid expansion doesn’t mean it’s done doing free content updates in 2024.

Dreamlight Valley is coming to Apple Arcade

But wait, there’s more! As part of the showcase, we got our first look at a new version of Dreamlight Valley coming to Apple devices on December 5. This version of the game will have crossplay support with the Xbox, Switch, and PC versions. However, Gameloft confirmed it won’t support cross-save. So you won’t be able to make progress on your village while on the go if you are playing on a console or PC. This is a bit of a shame, as the console and PC versions do support cross-save.

Because Apple Arcade doesn’t allow paid microtransactions or in-app purchases, all of the expansion content will be included in this version. It won’t include a premium shop or paid Star Paths.

Oh and also, while we’re piling on announcements, Gameloft revealed that starting today you can listen to the Dreamlight Valley soundtrack on Spotify, Apple Music, Amazon Music Unlimited, and Pandora.

Okay, that’s it. That’s everything announced. It’s a lot and it seems like it could be enough to help win back some players who felt burned by Gameloft going back on its promises to make the game free-to-play. For now, we’ll have to wait and see if online multiplayer, new biomes, and more Disney characters will be enough to bring back players who stopped playing over the last year.

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World Of Warcraft’s Next Three Expansions Announced At BlizzCon

Anduin and Thrall look at something in the distance off-screen.

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At BlizzCon 2023, Blizzard announced it’s preparing to enter what it’s calling World of Warcraft’s “Worldsoul Saga,” a multi-expansion story arc in the MMORPG that it plans to roll out over the course of the next three expansions.

During the convention’s opening ceremony, Warcraft Executive Creative Director Chris Metzen explained that the Worldsoul Saga will bridge the gap between the first 20 years of World of Warcraft and whatever Blizzard has planned next for the long-running MMORPG. The tenth expansion, titled The War Within, will kick things off and will be followed by the eleventh and twelfth expansions, called Midnight and The Last Titan, respectively. The next three expansions form a trilogy that will usher in the next era of World of Warcraft storytelling.

After Metzen outlined the next three expansions, Blizzard showed a cinematic trailer for The War Within, which featured long-time World of Warcraft figures Anduin and Thrall getting into a heated discussion before the camera panned to the Sword of Sargeras, a giant sword that was stabbed into the surface of Azeroth during the events of the Legion expansion.

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Following this, Blizzard showed a trailer running down new features, including new zones to travel around in Azj-Kahet, Isle of Dorn, The Ringing Deeps, and Hallowfall. Players will also be able to take part in cooperative PvE instances called Delves, transfer progression between multiple characters through Warbands, and take advantage of expanded Hero Talents. Check out the trailer below:

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The War Within will launch in fall 2024. While past World of Warcraft expansions have launched around two years apart for years, Metzen says Blizzard is looking to release Midnight and The Last Titan with less downtime between. However, he didn’t give a specific timeline. It’s possible World of Warcraft’s next three expansions could launch annually, and that the next era of the MMO could be a reality in the next few years. Before that, however, World of Warcraft now have three more expansions to look forward to.