Updated Fri, Feb 10, 2012 by Martuk
Old school FPS gamers are likely familiar with the many games bearing the Tom Clancy name. From the Rainbow Six series to Ghost Recon, most shooter fans have at some point played at least one of the many Tom Clancy titles. Online gaming fans will soon have the chance to get a bigger taste Clancy. Ubisoft today announced details about a new multi-player, third-person, cover-based tactical shooter titled Ghost Recon Online. The game is being developed by Ubisoft Singapore and will utilize the free-to-play model with microtransaction premium items.
Details for the game are a bit slim but according to the Ghost Recon Online Facebook page and press release, players will be able to choose between three classes: Assault, Specialist and Recon, each with their own specific abilities. Players can power up their class using the game's persistent character system and unlock new skills and equipment.
Closed beta signups are now available along with a new trailer on the official Ghost Recon Online website. Ghost Recon Online's closed beta is scheduled to begin later this summer.
UBISOFT®ANNOUNCES DEVELOPMENT OF TOM CLANCY’S GHOST RECON ONLINE®
New Free-to-Play Game Brings Best Qualities of Ghost Recon Franchise Online
Paris, France – May 24, 2011 – Today, Ubisoft announced the development of Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Online, a new multi-player, third-person, cover-based tactical shooter that will be offered free-to-play online. Ghost Recon Online is developed by Ubisoft Singapore, and offers all the best qualities of the Ghost Recon franchise in a downloadable, dynamic, PC-based online game. Ghost Recon Online launches in closed beta beginning this summer.
With Ghost Recon Online, Ubisoft is delivering the most social, connected and customizable Ghost Recon experience yet. The game offers players the ability to choose between three different classes of Ghost, customize their weapons, deploy cutting-edge military technology, and share intel with their team. Ghost Recon Online also features a rich lobby platform for hosting social and persistent progression features. Ubisoft also will back the game with a full set of services, including regular events and game content updates, customized content based on community feedback, and live support.
The online features complement Ghost Recon Online’s rich graphical environments and maps, which rival the quality of those traditionally seen only in retail games. And while the game is free for anyone to play, players also can purchase premium items and fully personalize their experience.
“Ghost Recon Online takes the best attributes of the Ghost Recon game franchise and brings them online, making the experience of being a Ghost accessible to millions of new players and fans,” said Hugues Ricour, senior producer at Ubisoft. “This game was designed from the start to be a free-to-play experience. Our development teams are dedicated to making Ghost Recon Online a truly unique, top-quality online title.”
Ghost Recon Online is Ubisoft’s latest entrant in the online gaming market and its first shooter to be offered in a free-to-play format. "For Ubisoft, delivering games as a service means offering fans the opportunity to stay connected to their favorite gaming worlds, to participate in fan-based communities and play with millions of peers from around the world.”
“The online market is an exciting new frontier for video games and for gamers,” said Yves Guillemot, chief executive officer at Ubisoft. “With Ghost Recon Online, and other major upcoming projects, Ubisoft is creating online experiences that allow our fans to stay connected to their favorite brands and to continually receive new content and gameplay. This direct link with our fans will allow us to create new and ever better experiences for them.”
Players can sign up for the closed beta and find more information on the game at www.GhostReconOnline.com.
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