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Lots of game images from the recently announced game The division: Heartland filtered online. Beta testers are under NDA and Ubisoft quickly resumes the videos. Since then, the original video images uploaded to Vimeo have been removed. But this is the Internet and, like The Division 's deadly virus, the videos are streaming.
The filtered images are grainy, low resolution, very delayed and, from the perspective of someone who explores and plays mostly with controls and emotes. It’s not exactly the kind of material Ubisoft wants to show. But hey, emotes!
We didn’t know much about Heartland before – except it had to do with The Division – and now we can see that it’s a third-person cover shooter with random booties. So, bottom line is that we're really looking forward to The Division. Non-player enemies shown in the leaked images are called pilgrims and come straight from The Division 2, with enemy types ranging from grunts to heavily armored elites. Officers can equip two weapons and a melee weapon, and do dodge rolls and sliding runs, including shooting while sliding on the Apex Legends.
An obvious difference between Heartland and the other games in the division is the rural map of Silver Creek, which is reminiscent of State of Decay or PUBG. Between missions, players spend time on the Rockit Rink, a converted, neon-soaked skating rink that serves as the base for Silver Creek agents ’operations. Like the basics of previous division games, it is full of NPCs with upgrades, crafts, equipment, and missions. The menus also confirm the existence of a Battle Pass.
A filtered video, shared by Skyleaks via Twitter, reveals that lead designer Taylor Epperly introduces players to the closed beta and describes what Heartland is all about.
“In this game-free, open-world, survival game, we move from big cities to a small American town called Silver Creek,” says Epperly. "You'll learn about Silver Creek and its mysterious history through a cooperative PvE mode called Expedition."
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Expedition looks like the opening tutorial. Epperly then describes a "PvEvP mode," called Storm, with 15 teams of 3 players each, for 45 players in total. "Both modes will make you explore, explore, loot, fight and survive, while avoiding the most aggressive and unpredictable virus contamination the Division has ever seen." Sounds a bit Scavengers, potentially.
Ironically, the video ends with Epperly reminding viewers that beta testers do not comply with NDA and should not share any information.
Based on these leaks, it appears that Heartland is expanding into The Division's PvP Dark Zone, perhaps with its eyes set on games like Escape from Tarkov. And maybe it will be another turn of the battle royale genre: Ubisoft's last attempt, Hyper Scape, released last year with little hint.