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In a surprise announcement, Ubisoft showed a cinematic trailer for Tom Clancey’s Ghost Recon Wildlands. The game’s focus will be the seemingly impossible task of stopping drug trafficking in South America and beyond. An open world alongside gadgets like drones should provide numerous opportunities to ‘raise chaos’ for your foes. Story elements in the trailer show that causing conflicts within the cartels may be the only way to defeat an ‘enemy who does not fear death’. The development effort will be led by Ubisoft Paris, with collaboration from 5 other studios.

As indicated by Senior Producer Nouredine Abboud with Ubisoft: “With Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Wildlands, we’re moving the Ghost Recon franchise in a new direction, with a massive, beautiful and living open world that reacts to players’ choices, whether going it alone or teaming up with friends in co-op, players in Ghost Recon Wildlands will never encounter the same situation twice, providing amazing possibilities and creative freedom to cultivate very personal stories and experiences with the game.” The demo shown off focused on extracting a rogue cartel member to get information about the structure behind the organization, and what possibly it could be planning for the future. It is indicated that the gameplay shown is pre-alpha gameplay footage, and that the game will emphasize the freedom of choice within the game’s bounds

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According to the Ubisoft press release, the game will support solo or co-op play throughout the entire campaign, and it indicates that it is “the very first military shooter set in a massive, dangerous and responsive open world”. The game’s development had started 3 years ago, and is actually being developed on a new proprietary engine. The title will see release of the Playstation 4, Xbox One and PC, but no release date has been stated. Various factions will exist in the game, and the players will be able to manipulate those factions in various ways, but must understand the consequences of their choices and what effect they could have down the road. You are the Ghosts in this case, a four-man US Elite Special Operations team that’s trying to deal with the Santa Barbara drug cartel. This cartel has turned the civilians of the country to be scared for their lives, as injustice is common and there’s a ton of violence to solve issue. Needless to say, someone has to stop them, and that of course, is you.

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The game also has a day and night cycle and a weather system, staples for the open world genre of games such as this. Ubisoft is indicating that there are hundreds of villages, legends, and landmarks that can be explored with a variety of vehicles in the 3 main ways of travel (land,sea,air). The games setting takes inspiration from the beauty of South America in particular with its visuals, and somewhat rough yet calming nature.

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You ready for another Ghost Recon game? Do you think you’d be interested in the open world that its talking about, or is it to like games from before such as Just Cause 2?


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