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Ghost Recon Wildlands - E3 news, trailers and release date

Nathan Spendelow
14 Jun 2016
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Here’s everything we know about Ghost Recon Wildlands as the squad-based shooter goes open world

There’s plenty of Tom Clancy endorsed games and franchises in existence now, from Splinter Cell to Rainbow Six, the Hunt for Red October author is all over the gaming space. Ghost Recon, one of the more prevalent of the franchises, will be launching a new installment very soon, titled Wildlands.

While little is still known about the new squad based shooter so far, we do have a little bit of information about what we can expect in the single player campaign and co-op functionality too, ditching the future setting of the last game and bringing the franchise back to it’s more modern shooter roots.

Release date

We’ve finally got a firm release date, with Ghost Recon Wildlands releasing simultaneously on 27th March 2017 for Xbox One, PS4 and PC, currently priced at £45. If you’ve got a little extra money, for £50 the Deluxe Edition comes with a bunch of extra content, including the huntsman rifle, huntsman motorbike, 3 emblems, 3 weapon camos, 3 character customization items and an XP booster. There’s also a Gold Edition too, which comes with the game, season pass, of which we don’t have a whole lot of details about so far, and all Deluxe Edition content.

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E3 gameplay and setting

The last proper Ghost Recon game, Future Soldier, came out 4 years ago in 2012, with fans itching to get back into the squad-based shooter ever since. Going back to the game’s more modern roots, Ghost Recon Wildlands is set in Bolivia a couple years from now, with the team tasked with trying to get rid of the vicious Santa Blanca drug cartel.

Ubisoft is pushing for freedom of choice here, with squads able to execute the many missions on offer however they see fit. Want to take the stealthy approach? Get someone up high with a silenced sniper rifle and the rest of your team infiltrating on the ground. Of course, there’s always the fun, all guns blazing option too, but you might not last particularly long as a result, especially considering the AI seems particularly aggressive.

Something picked up from the E3 gameplay demo, Wildlands looks a bit more arcadey and perhaps a little less tactical compared to previous games in the franchise, but of course, only time will tell if this is actually the case.

Ghost Recon Wildlands can be played cooperatively with up to three other players and it’s arguably going to be the best way to play. The open world is nice and the graphics gorgeous too, so hopefully Ubisoft will succeed with bringing the franchise back down to earth, away from the future settings so many shooters feature nowadays.

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