E3 2015: How Ghost Recon Wildlands takes four players into a military open world

Ghost Recon Wildlands is more than Ghost Recon in a new landscape. The latest entry in the series is a full open-world extravaganza for four players and Shacknews got to see how four players function in an open world military environment.


Ubisoft has been busy with the myriad of Tom Clancy's video game franchises. The latest one was revealed at E3 2015 this year, with Ghost Recon hitting entirely new territory. Ghost Recon Wildlands has been in the works for the past three years and the fruits of Ubisoft's labor are starting to show with a full South American landscape to explore.

The story of Ghost Recon Wildlands sees Bolivia become the biggest cocaine producer in the world, with Mexican drug cartels having set up shop there with the aid of a corrupt government. With Ghost Recon soldiers always working in the shadows, the idea is to create chaos in Bolivia to sever the link between the cartels and the government. While this is a tall task for any single soldier, fortunately, there are always friends.

With Ubisoft billing Wildlands as the first military shooter set in a reactive open world, it's no wonder that friends are invited to the party. Four players can explore any part of the open world at any time. The idea is for everyone to either work in tandem to accomplish missions or split up and combine tactics. Any player can trigger any of the game's missions, but they're also free to roam around and affect the world as they see fit.

An example mission assigned four soldiers to track down a high-value target named Luis "El Chango" Alvarez. To do so, one player found an informant and interrogated him to get the information. Upon pumping him for info, the target's location popped up on the map, with all players able to go find him. With the location now available, one player on one end of the map grabbed a motorcycle, while a second player hijacked a truck, with both looking to rendezvous and find a helicopter. The other two players would come in from the ground and engage with ground troops.

Not many of the Ghost Recon tools of the trade were shown, but an old favorite is confirmed to return. The UAV drone will make its return from Ghost Recon: Future Soldier, allowing players to scout out an area prior to infiltrating it. Make no mistake, though, Wildlands will provide toys to play with and how players use them to complete their missions is up to them. Open world missions will offer the main objective, but will provide little direction beyond that. At that point, it's left up to the players' imaginations as to how to go about completing the objectives.

The entire Wildlands campaign can be completed with four players, with drop-in, drop-out functionality available at all times. Random events will pop up, such as an instance that saw soldiers ambushing cartel members trying to publicly execute villagers. NPCs are said to react to a number of instances in the game, including different reactions for different times of day and different weather patterns.

This is just the beginning for Ghost Recon Wildlands. More information on this game is expected in the coming months. No release window is set, but Ghost Recon Wildlands is coming to PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4.

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From The Chatty
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      June 17, 2015 10:06 AM

      man this looks and sounds hot. Hopefully they can get all the stuff they want to do in the game and working by release.

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      June 17, 2015 10:17 AM

      what happens when I'm playing solo? Is there NPC help or what?

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      June 17, 2015 10:41 AM

      Ghost Recon Wildlands Hunt

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      June 17, 2015 10:42 AM

      I've only casually been following E3 this year, but out of everything that I've seen, I'm shocked at the direction they went with the Ghost Recon brand. I will totally play the shit out of this.

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      June 17, 2015 10:54 AM

      One of the top games at the show for sure I love it, can not wait to play it.

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      June 17, 2015 10:58 AM


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      June 17, 2015 11:05 AM

      I hope it's not third person only. The third person to ironsight switch is a bit jaring.

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      June 17, 2015 11:35 AM

      Of all the Clancy games that Ubi is working on right now I think this one just jumped to number one on my list.

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        June 17, 2015 11:45 AM

        Yeah I really loved the co-op in previous Ghost Recon games.

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          June 17, 2015 11:50 AM

          Had so much fun playing graw 1 and 2 in co-op. This looks to take that same idea and make it open world and add a bunch of cool shit to it.

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            June 17, 2015 12:28 PM

            GRAW 1 & 2 were amazing, especially in Co-op and multiplayer with friends

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      June 17, 2015 11:51 AM

      I'm just going to say that I was SUPER disappointed with Ghost Recon: Future Soldier. :(

      Is the same team working on this?

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      June 17, 2015 11:57 AM

      I think I'm most excited about this game. It was awesome playing GRAW with something like 16 shackers when it first came out.

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      June 17, 2015 12:16 PM

      This game is so hot. I really hope it allows for some insane combat scenarios...running gunfights that turn into high speed car chases with air support coming in to help out. I want to see Far Cry 3 / GTA V levels of emergent gameplay happening constantly.

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