Tom Clancy and Ubisoft are fixing for an eventful 2016. The much-delayed Division will finally be released (fingers crossed) and so will the next installment of an older franchise, Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon. From the looks of it, this could be the best one yet.
The ultra-elite US special forces team, known only as the Ghosts, returns this time to Bolivia. The Santa Blanca cartel is out of control and dangerously powerful. Because of them Bolivia manufactures more cocaine than anywhere else in the world. The government is in their pocket, helpless, and the people live in constant fear under the heel of their white-powered boots. It’s time for the Ghosts to shake things up a bit.
Developers are trending heavily towards open world environments and sandboxes these days. Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Wildlands is headed that way too. Gone are the days of starting a mission a few hundred meters from your objective and being funneled into the only available approach vector. In Wildlands, players can go just about anywhere, at any time, approach from any direction (or multiple directions) and accomplish their objectives however they see fit. Missions can be completed in any order and from the available footage, it appears players will be responsible for getting to and from the mission area as well, instead of the old click, load, start method. Ubisoft is really emphasizing the theme of exploration and free form tactics here. This living, breathing expanse should blend seamlessly in and out of missions and “will react differently to each of your choices: unexpected opportunities and threats could arise from any situation,” according to Wildlands’ website.
While you’re busy exploring the jungles, rivers, mountains and villages of Bolivia, you might find yourself a little lonely, or a bit outgunned and in need of a friend. Wildlands will allow for gamers to complete things all alone (with AI help) or with friends in four-player co-op. Better yet, the reactive open-world is built to accommodate the addition of your buddies so you’ll be able to blaze trails or run amok as you please.
It’s too early to tell with much certainty, but this new first-person shooter looks like it’ll be one hell of a game. Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Wildlands will be available some time in 2016 for PC, Xbox One and PS4. Hopefully, it doesn’t end up suffering from delay-syndrome like the Division has. In the meantime, check out the videos and screenshots below.