Ghost Recon: Future Soldier delayed to May

Ubisoft's squad-based shooter now expected May 22 in North America, May 24 in UK; extra development time to be used to "refine the experience"; PC launch at a later date.

Ghost Recon: Future Soldier's long road to release was just extended. Today, Ubisoft announced that the squad-based shooter will not make its previously scheduled March 2012 debut. Instead, Future Soldier is now slated to arrive on May 22 in North America, followed by a May 24 release in the United Kingdom.

Future Soldier has been pushed even further into the future.

At launch, Future Soldier will be available for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. A PC iteration of the shooter will arrive at a later date. However, gamers won't need to wait until May to play the title, as an Xbox 360 and PS3 multiplayer beta will go live in April.

Explaining the delay, Ubisoft said, "These extra few months will allow Ubisoft's creative teams more time to refine the experience and deliver a game that fully achieves the level of excellence that defines the Ghost Recon franchise."

Today's Future Soldier delay is far from the first such release date alteration for the game. The title was first teased in January 2009 for an early-2010 release but was later delayed to a fourth-quarter 2010 launch. Since then, it has been pushed to the first quarter of 2011 and then again to March 2012.

Ghost Recon: Future Soldier gets its name from the Future Soldier programs being conducted by the US and its NATO allies. The initiative, currently part of the US Army's Brigade Combat Team Modernization Program, focuses on outfitting infantrymen with networked communications and high-tech equipment. The third-person shooter will have a cooperative mode, and its gameplay will focus on both stealth and heavy action.

For more on Ghost Recon: Future Soldier, check out GameSpot's latest preview.

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Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and would like to see the Whalers return to Hartford.

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116 comments
Jusik
Jusik

I hope it doesn't get delayed again, but I am so excited for this that I can wait a few more months.

jhawk1977
jhawk1977

Maybe they call it Future Soldier because it's coming out in the future! Will we ever have it in our hands?! The graphics and gameplay video all look great. I WANT THIS GAME!!

unreal_master
unreal_master

I remember seeing this at E3 2 years ago and was excited like nobodies business. Now after so many delays and what looks like a lot of game changing this, I could really care less and hope for rainbowsix to be amazing.

admonster08
admonster08

the delays are worrying the game could be sh...t!

TheDWD27
TheDWD27

oh WTF ive been waiting a year for this game hopefully its worth the wait

stealthyninja81
stealthyninja81

i remeber seeing a trailer for this 2 years ago and being so excited. 2 years later... i might give the game a try, but the delays fill me with uncertainty. What i find so strange is that the 2011 E3 demo looked almost finished. What is taking so long?

cainetao11
cainetao11

really looking forward to this. I loved graw 1&2, hope this is great as well.

prince__vlad
prince__vlad

well is it worth wondering why... when Ubisoft name is involved ? I guess not. Just a bunch of men dressed in stupid suit with stupid accent.

Unfallen_Satan
Unfallen_Satan

The delay is wise if for no other reason than to let the craze over console MW3 (and to a much lesser extent BF3) die down a bit. However, I hope Ubisoft knows what it's doing. The shooter market competition on the console is pretty stiff, and the top contenders have a different style from Ghost Recon games, an indication of what console gamers want and not of any untapped market. I don't really care whether GR: FS succeeds or not since I stay away from all console shooters that are not motion-sensing-gun-compatible, and I have no confidence in the gameplay of console-to-PC shooter ports (I still believe MW and others like it are PC-to-console-to-PC ports). However, if GR: FS blows it, Rainbow Six: Patriots may be affected. I am looking forward to Ubisoft's vision for that series after so many years.

charlieboomboom
charlieboomboom

graw 1 and 2 was the first modern shooters, liked them both, abit mucky storyline but thats common today. Shame Ubisoft treats great titels like crap :/ uh dident see the kinnect tag..fAiL

MrArmageddon8
MrArmageddon8

This is literally like the fifth time this game has been delayed. It's now worse than the delays for Splinter Cell Convictions.

isshiah
isshiah

By the time this game comes out, it's future technology will be ancient history.

thesilentkiller
thesilentkiller

UBIsoft is unreliable. They have good game products, but they are extremely unreliable. I could understand one delay. But, why even announce a game that won't release until 3 years later? That doesn't make any d**n since. A company should consider these continual delays that span the course of years to be unacceptable. They really need to look at reorganizing their management staff.

dozer187
dozer187

yet another bs delay...if they hadnt spent so much time for the kinect crap the game woulda been out already.....and the beta is delayed again as well.ubisoft is goin down the drain nothing but delays and mediocre sequels coming out

Link2Kev
Link2Kev

Sweet jesus. Another time. It wouldn't be so bad if they delayed it to May 22nd the first delay. But all this changing dates is annoying.

spector000
spector000

If that game gets delayed any more they will have to rename it Ghost Recon: Soldier of Today

GamerLegend10
GamerLegend10

Don't see why there are so many negative comments, i think it looks like a good game.

DeathProofDelta
DeathProofDelta

I'm glad they are refining it. I don't want to get my teeth into it and find it's half baked.

wavelength121
wavelength121

Silly Americans. Always making up new "enemies" for their military to fight and be "heroic". Just a bunch of pawns fighting to secure some fat-cat war contractor's latest hot tub.

DeathProofDelta
DeathProofDelta

@paxv1 HA haha ha ha hhaa haarrrrggghh cough cough :)

kennythomas26
kennythomas26

Alright I'm kind of happy for the delay because that leaves me with more wiggle room to get Mass Effect 3 and Max Payne 3 and even for me to get Dragon's Dogma and then after that I can wait about 5 or so weeks for this one if it does come out in May.

paxv1
paxv1

better then releaseing the same game every year >.> .......cod

ZOD777
ZOD777

I am growing tired of hearing that PC versions are releasing at a later date to refine/improve upon them. I don't buy that ruse entirely. PC games are shipping in a horrible non-playable state as of late. I think they are just hoping to sell as many console units as they can before making it available on PC to avoid piracy on the PC. Makes me mad.

xSpcManSpiffx
xSpcManSpiffx

They didn't want to compete with Mass Effect 3 either. That was a dumb move to slate it for the same day. Glad to see they changed it finally.

godofwarbfcodfa
godofwarbfcodfa

i cant wait for it to come out its gonna be awseome i think th cotrols for kinect ont be comfrotable gonna play the old fashion way with a cotrollr

-Fable-
-Fable-

@TopGunnas - they said in this article, "owever, gamers won't need to wait until May to play the title, as an Xbox 360 and PS3 multiplayer beta will go live in April."

AiGeeEn1
AiGeeEn1

Well at least they won't postpone it till September like how Epic did Gears 3...and STILL to this day they're still tweaking it. LMAO.. Yeah. right. "Title Updates" more or less..T.otally U.seless "Downgrades."

SnakeEyesX80
SnakeEyesX80

Anyone else got the feeling this is going to be mediocre despite the, what, year and a half delays? I've almost completely lost interest in it at this point.

TopGunnas
TopGunnas

this is bs ive been waiting for this game for like 2 years and yet another delay what the hell are they doing with it. it was delayed till march and i was expecting it then now im gunna have to wait another 4 months screw this. and still no word on when the beta is comming out ?

sekia37
sekia37

i preordered this game a few years ago >_>

moej88
moej88

Just Cancel it already

indicaX
indicaX

They can take all the time they need. As long as it's right when it releases.

EasyComeEasyGo
EasyComeEasyGo

Delaying Ghost Recon is understandable and besides Mass Effect 3 comes out in March anyways so I do not want to see it competing with it. Smart move Ubisoft.

rveegee
rveegee

First you guys come out and say the PC version is dead and Ghost recon online was pushed forward as an alternative. Now you're saying that it's not? So was the whole PC version being scrapped deal a way to get some hype for the beta?

Jimminyfixit
Jimminyfixit

I'm betting on this having something to do with Kinect. Look at Star Wars being delayed as well...

winshot
winshot

Ubisoft you can go F*** yourself..... Release all versions at a stipulated date and no postpones will be tolerated.... There's been too much of drama of yours lately....

dostunuz
dostunuz

Just like Conviction. Delay, delay and at the end a crappy game.

Pete5506
Pete5506

If the games not a huge bust, it will be worth the wait

twistyanddark
twistyanddark

Even if I enjoy Ghost Recon games from time to time and even if tactical squad based shooters are the only shooters I enjoy (really how much pew pew can the 9 year old tsunami force the industry into?), I have yet to find a better gameplay than the one in Swat3.

keyb0red
keyb0red

Dont NAME YOUR GAMES with words like FUTURE or FOREVER.. it's bad luck and a sure way to jinx it LOL We all know what happened to DUKE NUKEM "only took us 15 years and it ended up a steaming pile of fly infested t*rd" FOREVER!! SERIOUSLY THOUGH, I'm glad they're pushing this back. I'm a big fan of the Ghost Recon series and I'm sure the final finished product will be worth the wait Besides there's already a fair number of good games out this year, so it's good not everything is out at the same time :)

jhans
jhans

What is this delay number 2 already?

thavon
thavon

This game wont come out before September guaranteed.

X-Robert
X-Robert

Well, seems no one dare to go hand-to-hand with ME3.

X-Robert
X-Robert

Well, seems no one dare to go hand-to-hand with ME3.

xboxfanonly
xboxfanonly

Lamo...again! I rememeber when it was supposed to come out in like, march 23 last year, and I went to gamestop ready to pre-order, only to find out it was delayed I honestly did not mind, it is good when games get pushed back if it is needed. I have been so Pumped for this game, up until fall of late fall last year, I kinda forgot about it. But now again! holy shiiiiiiii, it is a good thing, but by now with this many delays i sure as hell am not going to pre-order, I will wait to see if it is worth picking up after release. But also GR Online (which i also am looking forward to as long as its not pay to win) was supposed be out in december wasn't it? I have not heard nothing on it since like E3. Anyways, I really really hope that they make it a great game or it will be disapointing.