Report: Ubisoft Massive is working on a battle royale project

Given the meteoric rise in popularity of battle royale-style games like PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds and Fortnite Battle Royale, it was only a matter of time before major game publishers took notice and decided to throw their own hats into the ring. If a recent report is to be believed, French gaming company Ubisoft might be the first big-time gaming company to take a stab at the battle royale genre, with one of the company’s subsidiaries leading the charge. 

According to this report from Game Reactor, Ubisoft Massive (also known as Massive Entertainment) is currently working on a battle royale project at the behest of Ubisoft proper. Ubisoft Massive is best known as the studio behind the online apocalyptic shooter The Division, and it’s currently working on both a sequel (aptly named The Division 2) and a game set in the universe of James Cameron’s Avatar film series (Avatar 2 is scheduled to hit theaters in December of 2019).

Given how much Ubisoft Massive already has on its plate, the above report should naturally be taken with a grain of salt. However, The Division’s unique ‘Dark Zone’ PvP experience proved that Massive isn’t afraid to shake up the traditional competitive shooter format, and it’s entirely possible that the rumored battle royale project could in fact be a new mode within The Division 2 rather than an entire new game. We likely won’t know for sure until Ubisoft is ready to share more information about The Division 2, but it’s still an exciting prospect for fans of The Division who also happen to enjoy the battle royale genre.