A new leak suggests that Ubisoft is in the early stages of developing an FPS that combines three Tom Clancy series: Splinter Cell, Ghost Recon and The Division. The game, apparently called The Division BattleCat, is a competitive FPS with unique class abilities and multiple modes.
Images from "The Division BattleCat" were shared on June 6 by Zer0_Bytes, a well-known leaker with a solid track record of acquiring the first assets of other Ubisoft games such as Rainbow Six Siege and Rainbow Six Extraction. The tweets were eventually removed due to claims from the DMCA (presumably from Ubisoft), but ZeroBytes has targeted curious readers at alternative source for resources (the link points to an anonymous file-sharing site, so let me know). In its own report, VGC says it was able to confirm the game 's existence and that BattleCat will not be shown at the Ubisoft Forward event on June 12th.
Most of the images seem to come from marketing material that breaks down the main factions of the game, The Echelon (Splinter Cell), the Wolves (Ghost Recon), the Cleaners (The Division) and the Outcasts (also The Division ). Each faction will have its own class skills. Stealthy Echelon, for example, does not appear on the minimap and can reveal enemies to its allies while cleaners use large flamethrowers.
The images also depict a number of modes, such as an escort mission that protects a four-legged transport robot and another called "Leadership" that includes players who collect rings from fallen enemies and try not to drop them in die, in the style of Sonic the Hedgehog.
Based on the images and the fact that ZeroBytes refers to the game as "The Division" BattleCat, it seems clear that it is being built with The Division engine. The user interface elements seen in one of the images look almost identical to The Division and a brief look at the devices and environments shares the art styles of these games. It’s not yet clear which Ubisoft team is working on the game, but it will be interesting to see how Ubisoft adapts the frame of its third-person cover shooter to an FPS.
Taking the framework of an existing game for a derivation is becoming a habit for Ubisoft. The company has recently announced The Heartland Division, an upcoming free-to-play version of the traditional third-person division game. Ubi also re-announced Rainbow Six Extraction, a cooperative FPS that uses Siege's existing weapons and operators group for independent gaming in a different genre. So has a completely different development team from Siege, who would bet it’s similar to how BattleCat is being approached.