Since its launch, The Division 2 has received numerous title updates, the most recent of which is set to release later this year. The latest offerings from the Far Cry franchise in comparison seem as though they've been neglected. Far Cry 5 and New dawn released a year apart (with New Dawn arriving the same year as The Division 2), but while The Division 2 continues to receive new content, neither Far Cry game has seen a content drop since the year of their release. This isn't to suggest Far Cry is being left behind, nor is it the type of game to receive this same type of support, but maybe it would benefit from a similar treatment The Division is currently receiving.
Outside of The Division 2, the franchise has more broadly been subject to a torrent of exciting announcements of late. It's been known for a while now that The Division is set to make its theatrical debut with a Netflix movie starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Jessica Chastain, but this isn't the extent of the upcoming Division content. Ubisoft has recently announced two brand new Division-based projects: The Division Mobile and The Division: Heartland, a free-to-play game. No release date is known yet, but the mobile game is set to release after Heartland, which Ubisoft announced will arrive in 2021-22.
Perhaps the two larger-scale projects are the Netflix movie along with Heartland, as these are likely to receive much of the fanfare. It's impossible to talk about Heartland without looking to Destiny 2, another live service turned free-to-play game. Destiny saw quite the resurgence upon switching to a free-to-play model, an upturn that was based on merit as much as it was clever marketing decisions. The main difference between the two games is that Heartland is set to be an all-new game, while Destiny 2 was simply made available for free after launch. This is a difference that holds significance insofar as it will appeal to new players and hardcore fans alike.
Fans can also be excited about the upcoming Division movie. It stars the likes of Jake Gyllenhaal and Jessica Chastain, while Red Notice's Rawson Marshall takes the reins as director. A release date is as yet unknown, yet it has been in development since 2018. One of the details that has been made public is that The Division will premiere on Netflix.
Aside from free-to-play games, a hot trend as of late is to produce mobile alternatives to mainline titles. Recently, the likes of Mario, The Elder Scrolls, and Call of Duty have received a mobile installation, each receiving a good deal of success and earning their own fanbases. Exactly what a mobile version of The Division will look like is still unknown, yet Ubisoft will surely looking to keep intact the gameplay loop present in the mainline games.
Far Cry 5 and New Dawn have each seen little love since launch, while Far Cry 5 received 3 DLC packs. All were released within a year of the game's launch. Furthermore, the launch of Far Cry 6 seems far off following a delay from its original February 18 release date, leaving fans of the franchise pining for a new Far Cry experience. Far Cry 6 does look to be a game to watch out for, as the trailer heavily featured Breaking Bad star Giancarlo Esposito and gave fans an insight into the Cuba-inspired revolutionary setting of the game. However, fans of the franchise may be left wondering what they're to do until the presumablye late 2021/early 2022 slated release date.
While it's clear that Ubisoft has big plans for Far Cry 6, it may be a good idea to expand the franchise in a similar way to how it is expanding The Division. So long as the mainline releases were not affected, the idea of a Division-style expansion of the series may go over a treat, with movies, mobile, and more diverse releases. In particular, Far Cry's base raiding gameplay would lend itself well to a free-to-play entry. While it may seem blasphemous to suggest stripping Far Cry's story element, even for a spin-off, one of the main draws of the franchise has long been its high-octane gameplay. An expansion of the franchise such as this would certainly give gamers something to chew on while they await the release of the next main entry, whenever and whatever that may be, and it would provide an excellent vessel for consistent content drops.
The viability of a silver-screen adaptation of the Far Cry franchise could be questioned; however, the post-apocalyptic setting of New Dawn may translate seamlessly onto the big screen. Likewise, a mobile game version of Far Cry would definitely be an interesting sight. Regardless, it seems Ubisoft has big plans for The Division going forward, which spells good news for fans of the series.
- Bandai Namco Entertainment has trademarked a certain phrase that has gamers thinking there could be an online presentation involving Elden Ring.