Ghost Recon: Wildlands' open beta is live, here's how to download and what's included

The open beta for Ghost Recon: Wildlands (opens in new tab) is now live, giving everyone the chance to infiltrate and destroy (virtual) Bolivian drug cartels however they choose. Not sure what the game's about? Click on that title for a rundown of all the details we've learned so far, but keep reading here to learn more about the beta.

How do I get into the Ghost Recon: Wildlands beta?

It's a free, open beta for PC, PS4, and Xbox One, so all you need to do is download the client (opens in new tab) from Ubisoft's page or directly from your online store of choice.

When is the Ghost Recon: Wildlands beta?

The Ghost Recon: Wildlands open beta started on Thursday, February 23 at 6 am EST / 11 am GMT and will end on Monday, February 27 at the same time. The full game will follow on March 7.

Can I play the Ghost Recon: Wildlands beta in co-op? 

Yep, you can play through everything in the beta (and the full game) with up to three other players. You'll need an Xbox Live Gold or PlayStation Plus subscription to participate in multiplayer. 

Does the Ghost Recon: Wildlands beta have single player? 

Nope! You're also free to play the beta (and again, the whole game) in single-player if you prefer the company of AI squadmates. 

What's in the Ghost Recon: Wildlands beta? 

This beta version gives players the run of two provinces: Itacua and Montuyoc. The full game will offer 21, so this is just an appetizer, but there should still be plenty of room to roam. You're free to take on missions against the drug cartels and their allies in either territory as you choose, though you'll have an easier time if you tackle Itacua first. Montuyoc will be significantly more challenging for new players. Wherever you go, you'll be able to use a selection of the full game's vehicles and weapons to carry out stealthy operations or explosive assaults.

Are there any Ghost Recon: Wildlands beta bonuses for the full game?

There is at least one reward, and it's not the usual crummy weapon skin business. Participate in the open beta and you'll get access to the exclusive "Unidad Conspiracy" mission if you play the full game before March 31 (it comes out March 7). Just make sure you use the same Ubisoft account for both. 

 How many explosions will there be? 

 At least this many. 

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Connor Sheridan

I got a BA in journalism from Central Michigan University - though the best education I received there was from CM Life, its student-run newspaper. Long before that, I started pursuing my degree in video games by bugging my older brother to let me play Zelda on the Super Nintendo. I've previously been a news intern for GameSpot, a news writer for CVG, and now I'm a staff writer here at GamesRadar.