One of the many big titles to be announced back at E3 2015, among loads of other new games, 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 of 2016
Update 17 August: At Gamescom 2016, Ubisoft has shown 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." Watch the new trailer below.
Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Wildlands release date UK
With numerous delays, the Ghost Recon Wildlands release date is 7 March 2017 so there's still quite a while to wait.
Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Wildlands price, pre-order and platforms
Despite no Ghost Recon Wildlands release date, you can already pre-order the game which will launch on PC, Xbox One and PS4 – Xbox 360 and PS3 owners will have to upgrade, sorry! Prices start at £44 from Amazon with the usual pre-order price guarantee.
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?
Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Wildlands gameplay: What can we expect from Ghost Recon Wildlands?
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.
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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.
Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Wildlands official trailer
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. Enjoy, and let us know what you think of the new game in the comments.