A month-and-a-bit ago, I was invited to give the latest from developer Ubisoft’s Tom Clancy franchise a try in a weekend of closed beta (here is that article). Ghost Recon: Wildlands was the game – obviously – and I came away feeling that although perhaps the game would stand better as a single-player experience than it would a multiplayer one, there was no shortage of potential in that frankly vast Bolivian landscape.
A month-and-a-bit later, and it’s release day, as Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Wildlands hits all platforms today (that’s March 7th, for those of you reading this in the future).
In preparation for the release, developer Ubisoft released a final gameplay trailer, showing off the environment and what could be expected in terms of co-operative play and narrative. The trailer cherry-picks some of the most cinematic action sequences, but you don’t need me to tell you that, because it’s right here:
Sporting Ubisoft’s largest ever open world environment, the Ghost Recon: Wildlands closed beta only allowed us access to one of the 12 (ish) zones that comprise the Bolivian country, and judging by the equally huge amount of (and limited access to) weaponry and story content I think it’s safe to say this game will rarely lack for things to do.
In other news, Gamespot reported recently that the Bolivian government are none too happy about the portrayal of their country in Ghost Recon: Wildlands, threatening to take Ubisoft to court over the slightly drug-heavy stereotyping that the game leans on. Can’t say I’m surprised, although the mayoral office of New York made no comment when Ubisoft portrayed their great city as falling to chaos in the aftermath of the Black Friday sales.
But then again: what’s new? Ha, ha.
Political satire aside, Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Wildlands is out now on all platforms, priced at USD $59.99 (that’s GBP £49.99).