Ubisoft announces free-to-play Ghost Recon Online

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


  • BigWillis - May 26, 2011 1:05 a.m.

    FatherTime, you are so quick to pounce without even considering what I mean. I'm not bitching about free anything, I'm against the idea that these games are marketed usually as free when they realistically are anything but. What you get for free most of the time with these titles is an extremely limited version of the game, almost like you are playing a demo. Instead, however, of playing the demo and buying the full game, you have to pay constantly bit-by-bit.
  • R-ape - May 25, 2011 11:05 p.m.

    Looks good to me. I'm not going to spend money just to acquire new weapons and gear though like in that free-to-play battlefield game though. Stick your guns, Ubisoft. FREE means FREE.
  • Headshot10101 - May 25, 2011 9:35 p.m.

    This looks like it might be fun to play for a while.
  • UberNoob - May 25, 2011 9:33 p.m.

    I'll see how well brought-up this game really is. Usually, Free-to-Play are not "free". If it's just like Battlefield Play4Free, then I am not going to play this game.
  • Turboash - May 25, 2011 8:51 p.m.

    I just released.
  • FatherTime - May 25, 2011 8:26 p.m.

    BigWillis are you honestly bitching about free content. Its fucking free. Take it and if you enjoy it and if not then leave it.
  • BigWillis - May 25, 2011 7:12 p.m.

    Sick of seeing "free to play" as a marketing term because none of these games are ever actually free. I haven't played a "free to play" game where you aren't punished and pushed hard to get the paid content. They are also usually pretty boring and bland games anyway.
  • infernox - May 25, 2011 6:54 p.m.

    it'll be interesting to see how they balance it between free-to-play people and those who pay for stuff. the battlefield f2p games fail at this.
  • Spartacus314 - May 25, 2011 6:38 p.m.

    looks pretty for a free to play, definitely a contender for Battlefield Free2Play...first

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