One of the many big titles to be announced back at E3 2015 was Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Wildlands by Ubisoft. The open world first person shooter was received with a warm welcome and here's what you need to know including the latest Ghost Recon Wildlands release date rumours, pricing, platforms, gameplay details and the official trailer. Read next: most anticipated games
If you are viewing a mobile version of this page, click here to see the latest version of this story.
When is the Ghost Recon Wildlands release date?
Ghost Recon Wildlands UK release date: 7 March 2017
After numerous delays, the Ghost Recon Wildlands release date was 7 March 2017, and is now available to buy in the UK.
How much does Ghost Recon Wildlands cost in the UK?
Ghost Recon Wildlands is available not only for PC, but PS4 and Xbox One too, although Xbox 360 and PS3 users are out of luck. Prices start at £42 from Amazon, although the exclusive "deluxe edition" can be picked up from the likes of GAME for £55. Of course, you can also buy it digitally from the likes of the PlayStation Store, Microsoft Store and Steam.
If you're committed enough you can also buy Ghost Recon Wildlands: Gold Edition, which Amazon has for £94.99. That includes a DLC season pass for the planned two major expansions to the game, along with extra free content such as The Huntsman rifle and motorbike, an XP booster, and a selection of emblems, weapon camos, and character customisation items.
For the latest rumours about when Ghost Recon Wildlands will launch on Mac, visit our colleagues at Macworld UK: Ghost Recon Wildlands for Mac release date rumours: Is Ghost Recon Wildlands coming out for Mac?
What can we expect from Ghost Recon Wildlands gameplay?
Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Wildlands is the first military shooter set in a massive and responsive open world, according to Ubisoft. It's set in Bolivia, a few years from now where the country has become the largest cocaine producer in the world. It makes a nice change from previous Tom Clancy games like Advanced Warfighter or Future Soldier that take place in the more distant future. "The Santa Blanca drug cartel has turned the country into a narco-state, leading to lawlessness, injustice, and violence. The Ghosts, an elite US Special Forces team, is sent behind enemy lines to wreak havoc and takedown the cartel," said Ubisoft.
So, what can we expect from Ghost Recon Wildlands? Let’s start with the environment. As mentioned by Ubisoft, the game is set in a huge and responsive open world, and is actually the first game to offer an open world with nine varying types of terrain, including mountains and deserts, and also includes its own dynamic weather system and day-night cycle.
With open games, methods of travel are important – you don’t want to spend your whole time travelling between checkpoints, do you? You’ll be glad to know that Ghost Recon Wildlands will feature a range of vehicles and bikes will be available throughout the world, and will be driven by AI for a GTA-esque snatch-and-drive experience. Ghost Recon Wildlands will also feature a number of side missions, a feature that has been notably missing from previous Tom Clancy games.
We discussed Gamescom on the UK Tech Weekly podcast. Listen here:
But with such a large and varying open world, you’re bound to feel a bit bored/lonely right? Wrong. The game features co-operative multiplayer where you can be joined by up to three other players to explore and conquer alongside you. You don’t need to be near each other either – gamers with access to the alpha of the game claim that you can explore the whole map and even undertake side quests without your team, and you can meet whenever you want to. Those with unreliable internet connections will be glad to find out that the game can also be played offline, with your teammates being replaced by AI that can given orders.
Fans have been speculating as to whether the world map scene at the end of the Ghost Recon Wildlands E3 2015 reveal trailer (shown at the bottom of this article) means the game could venture into new territories, perhaps as DLC content. Another theory speculates that the game may be the precursor to a full-blown Ghost Recon MMO. "During the reveal of the world map, we can see the gamertags of different players dotted across it. Could this be an indication that other Ghosts are carrying out missions in these parts of the globe?" asks thebitbag. Nothing has been confirmed by Ubisoft.
As well as the above, Gunsmith has made a return – one of the most popular features of Future Soldier – offering players the opportunity to customise both their weapons and gear. With regards to controls, alpha players are comparing it to GTA Online as its quite forgiving in terms of gameplay, and will be easier for people to pick up and have fun, rather than being hyper-realistic like Battlefield 4. Alpha players also noted that you die quite quickly (5-6 shots) which may change before the game is released, but if not, it brings a level of realism to the game.
So this is a bit of an odd one. Ubisoft has announced what we think might be a first: a companion documentary that will be released at the same time as Ghost Recon: Wildlands.
Simply titled Wildlands, the feature-length documentary digs deeper into the game's setting by exploring the real-life drug trade in Bolivia and the rest of South America, interviewing people from both sides of the ongoing war on drugs, including one friendly hitman who's allegedly killed more than 3,000 people.
There's no word yet on how exactly you'll be able to watch Wildlands when it comes out, but if you're interested in finding out more about the real backstory of the game, you can watch the trailer right here:
Ubisoft rounded out its E3 2015 press conference with the lengthy and dramatic official trailer for Ghost Recon Wildlands and you can watch it in its entirety below.
At Gamescom 2016, Ubisoft showed a new trailer for Ghost Recon Wildlands showing off the customisation in the game. This will include characters and weapons so you can "become an explosive devices expert, a sniper or a silent killer."
The company has also shown off its sense of humour with the game's latest live action trailer, 'The Red Dot'. It combines cats and videogames, two of the internet's great loves, and is a good sign that Wildlands won't take itself too seriously.