Ghost Recon Wildlands: A stealth trailer, a massive map, and everything you need to know

Fast Facts

  • 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)

The Ghost Recon series is back in action, and the this one's a little different than the usual fare. Yes, there are guns. Yes, there are explosions. But that's where the similarities with previous Ghost Recons end.

Wildlands is a third-person shooter, which lets you take control of a four-man squad of military hardcases. It’s also an open-world game, drawing inspiration from other Ubisoft franchises like Far Cry and Assassin's Creed. Here you can choose to tackle missions in different orders, and you can approach objectives however you want. It's exactly the refresh the series needs, and the reveal trailer is damn entertaining. Read on and discover why this is shaping up to be one of the finest Clancy games in years.

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 beta will happen before release

In Ubisoft’s quarterly earnings call in early November, CEO Yves Guillemot said that there would be both closed and open beta periods for the game. He said an open beta would take place “next quarter,” which probably means some time in early 2017. Watch this space for more details once the dates are announced!

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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