- Ghost Recon Wildlands release date: March 7, 2017
- Formats: PS4, PC, Xbox One
- Developer: Ubisoft
- Price: $59.99/£44.00 (Standard Edition), $69.99/£54.99 (Deluxe Edition), $99.99/£79.99 (Gold Edition)
We’re just two short months away from the arrival of a new Ghost Recon game. Ghost Recon Wildlands will offer a different take on the Tom Clancy series, putting players into an open world where they’ll take out a nefarious cartel operating in Bolivia.
The Ubisoft team has been hard at work making that vast space a fun playground. “The possibilities are sort of endless,” narrative director Sam Strachman told us. “It’s up to you how you want to play. Here’s your sandbox, here are your toys. Now play the way you want.” Here are all the latest details about the arrival of Wildlands, including what we know about the upcoming beta.
Ghost Recon Wildlands beta registrations are open now
As promised back in December, there is indeed going to be a beta phase for the game. Ubisoft has opened up registrations for more information about the dates and details. Given the looming release date, our best guess is that the beta will happen some time later in January. If you’re really excited about seeing the game early, make a Ubisoft account and register, then keep your fingers crossed; not everyone who registers will get a slot in the beta round.
Ghost Recon Wildlands release date
After a bit of a hiatus, Ghost Recon will be back in business in early 2017. Wildlands is slated for release on March 7. It’ll be out for PS4 and Xbox One, as well as on PC.
Ghost Recon Wildlands trailer
The first trailer debuted at E3 2015, but it wasn't until this spring that we started getting a really good sense of what Wildlands would be all about. The We Are Ghosts trailer dropped before the annual video game conference, and since E3 we've been seeing more and more clips from the Ubisoft team showing the different facets of this upcoming title.
Ghost Recon Wildlands gameplay offers options, from stealth to mayhem
Your squad’s mission is to take down the Santa Barbara cartel, which is running this fictionalized South American country with a tight fist and an itchy trigger finger. As you might assume, dismantling this well-entrenched cartel will take a lot of time and different types of missions. There are enemy outposts that need liberation, key targets to assassinate or interrogate, and plenty of other ways to interrupt the group’s nefarious doings.
Player choice has become a hallmark of open-world games these days, and Wildlands is no exception. For example, you'll be able to side with local rebels to help out in battles against more powerful factions within the Santa Blanca cartel. Or you can try and instigate in-fighting within the cartel itself, by manipulating information. Or you can create distractions in one place to help you sneak in and complete primary objectives with greater ease. These choices will have an impact on the region and its social orders.
The latest gameplay trailer shows off how you might go about a takedown mission with the stealthy nighttime approach. Well, stealthy for a little while, at least. And at E3 this year, the stage demo included a daytime take on a mission that ends with a firefight and some mad driving skills.
Ghost Recon Wildlands multiplayer: Play with people. Or don't!
Ubisoft has long been exploring the idea of players dropping in and out of each other’s games, and that’s carrying through into Wildlands. The entire campaign can be done as a co-op experience with two to four players. (If you opt to play solo, your teammates will be AI-controlled minions that you can order around).
The multiplayer approach seems most likely to deliver on memorable moments. GamesRadar’s Leon Hurley got a chance to play several missions during E3 2016, and found himself occasionally yelling at his colleagues when the carefully laid plans went pear-shaped.
Ghost Recon Wildlands map brings players to Bolivia
This installment brings the crime-fighting adventures to South America. The varied landscape of Bolivia will be the backdrop for Wildlands. There will be hundreds of villages, local landmarks, and points of interest to explore (and to shoot up).
There’s a day/night cycle and a full weather system, which likely will have an impact on how your squad chooses to tackle each mission. The natural landscapes of the country mean many different looks to the environment. Ubisoft is promising everything from highlands and salt flats to jungles and canyons. In terms of locations, it looks like this game is keeping things fresh.
We also did a little calculating and guesstimation to figure out just how massive this take on Bolivia is. Spoiler: it looks really, really big.
Ghost Recon Wildlands’ characters and customization options make things personal
The most recent updates from Ubisoft have been all about customizing your Ghosts. Appearances can be altered to include beards or bandanas. Just about every detail of your appearance and gear can be tweaked, so you can role-play yourself or create the alter ego of your dreams. And of course, weapon loadouts can also be carefully curated to your taste.
Ubisoft also released introductions to the base characters that you can work with in your squad when opting to play solo. Nice to meet your minions in advance.
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