The Division studio is reportedly making a battle royale game

The Division studio is reportedly making a battle royale game

Massive Entertainment, the developer behind Ubisoft's smash hit MMO The Division is apparently working on a battle royale game.

That's according to GameReactor, who has a source at the studio saying that the outfit is working on a battle royale title as of January this year. That was when the publishing overlords at Ubisoft asked if a battle royale mode was possible, with Massive turning something around in a "pretty short amount of time".

Ubisoft has responded to the story saying it doesn't comment on rumour and speculation. There's no word whether this is going to be a brand new project or a mode in the recently-announced Division 2.

It's easy to see this being a mode in The Division 2, meaning we might see more about this at 2018's E3. But it could also be an entirely separate game, a la For Honor or Skull and Bones. Given that the firm has cooked up something in just three months, it's likely going to be a mode in The Division 2.

It's easy to see why game companies are looking to get into the battle royale market. The success story of Playerunknown's Battlegrounds dominated 2017, with Epic's free-to-play Fortnite: Battle Royale mode skyrocketing in success this year so far.

Aside from Epic, we're yet to see one of the mainstream publishers - an EA, Activision or Ubisoft - giving the battle royale market a crack, but it's safe to assume that titles from mainstream publishers will have this kind of gameplay.

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