On May 6, Ubisoft announced Tom Clancy's The Division Heartland. The official information revealed only that it's supposed to be a free-to-play title, which will expand the universe presented in the first and second installment of The Division series. However, yesterday a gameplay video, lasting exactly 23 minutes and 18 seconds, appeared online, enabling us to take a look at the game The footage has already been removed from most sources. Earlier it could be watched on Reddit, YouTube and other places. If you missed it, we have some screenshots for you.
The leak was reported by Twitter user SkyLeaks. He also shared a short video about the game, which, you can see above. As for the leaked gameplay itself, it must have come from one of the participants of the closed beta of the alpha version. It's worth mentioning that the progress made by those who took part in them will be preserved in the subsequent stages of The Division Heartland's development and each tester will receive an exclusive Alpha Dog skin.
The 20-minute long footage began with the escape of the heroine, controlled by an unknown player from the Silver Creek area, after which the action moved to the Rockit Rink base located in the north, which looks like a closed casino. There, one Mackenzie gave the protagonist another assignment, which directed her to the vicinity of a water tower. Upon reaching the location, she cleared the area of enemies and then located the radio station. On the way, she gathered supplies from a local church. After eliminating all enemies, she secured the area and read the signal from the receiver, which resulted in unlocking a section of the map.
Due to the mediocre quality of material, the game's visuals look rather average. However, the immersion is spoiled by the poor enemy AI - they can be stuck crouching behind cover, as if they were unaware of the player's presence - and numerous glitches, such as enemies clipping through walls. I'm confident, however, that by the time of Heartland's launch Ubisoft will have improved both. Other than that, at least at first glance, the game does not differ much from what was offered by both Division games - only survival elements seem to be new. Fans should be satisfied.
The materials also enabled us to see that the new work of the French will feature a shop, in which, for in-game currency, we can buy various weapons and upgrades. We could also take a look at the tab for character development and the item selection wheel. We also learned that the game will offer an option to cap fpa at 60, which means that the gameplay should be smooth.
As the aforementioned gameplay videos disappeared from the web rather quickly, one can be tempted to conclude that this was not a controlled leak. Probably we were to see this footage only at the June E3, which will be held entirely online this year. So if you're waiting for The Division Heartland then rest assured, you're unlikely to have missed anything.
Ubisoft's new Tom Clancy game will be a F2P title and will be released on PC, PS4, PS5, XONE and XSX|S in the second half of 2021. Red Storm is responsible for its development.