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Ubisoft brings in another studio to help make Tom Clancy's The Division

Michael McWhertor is a journalist with more than 17 years of experience covering video games, technology, movies, TV, and entertainment.

Ubisoft's upcoming open-world role-playing game, Tom Clancy's The Division, is getting some additional development help from the team behind Assassin's Creed and Splinter Cell multiplayer, the publisher announced today.

Joining existing teams Massive Entertainment in Sweden, Red Storm in the U.S. and Ubisoft Reflections in the U.K. is Ubisoft Annency, the French studio that has lead development on recent Assassin's Creed multiplayer games.

"The team in Annecy is delighted to be collaborating with Massive, Red Storm and Reflections on Tom Clancy's The Division," said Rebecka Coutaz, studio manager at Ubisoft Annency. "We are bringing our previous experience in multiplayer online games and this project is allowing us to build our technical knowledge in other areas and become experts on this incredible brand. The collaboration with the other studios is going very smoothly, and we're working together to ensure we meet and exceed the high expectations players have for this new title."

A post on Ubisoft's official blog says the Annency team's role is being kept secret for now, though it's not unreasonable to assume that it will contribute to The Division's multiplayer, given Coutaz's comments. Multiple teams contributing to one title is commonplace at Ubisoft; last year's Assassin's Creed Unity featured the work of 10 Ubisoft teams.

Tom Clancy's The Division was announced at E3 2013. The open-world shooter is set in New York City in the midst of a viral pandemic that has led to the collapse of the U.S. government.

Last we heard, The Division was coming sometime in 2015 to PlayStation 4, Windows PC and Xbox One.

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