Ubisoft have just announced Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Online, which looks to do pretty much exactly what it says on the tin: provide a free-to-play online version of the popular squad-based Ghost Recon series of third-person shooters, with persistent stats and rankings as well as a class-based character-development system that offers the opportunity to unlock new weapons and skills on as you “become the Ultimate Ghost.” Ubisoft is currently taking applications for beta invites.
Ubisoft stress that the game will be free to download and play, with paid upgrades and items allowing players to “decide if you want to further enhance the game.” Ubisoft's Hugues Ricour says Ghost Recon Online was “designed from the start to be a free-to-play experience,” by which he presumably means that there's always been a whiteboard in the development office onto which really exciting upgrades and maps get jotted down under the heading “Paid Content.”
Cynicism aside, though, the Tom Clancy brand is a popular one for Ubisoft – so a free-play addition to that line is unlikely to constitute any sort of half-assery on their part. The game's website currently hosts a sign-in form where you can request an invite to the beta, due to go live in the coming months. Will you be sampling the free opportunity to become the Ultimate Ghost?
May 25, 2011