Ghost Recon goes free-to-play

Ubisoft takes wraps off Ghost Recon Online third-person shooter for PC with debut trailer; closed beta begins this summer.

The Ghost Recon series has long been enamored with the near future of warfare, and now, it has a near-future business model to match. Ubisoft today announced Ghost Recon Online, a free-to-play PC installment in the tactical shooter series.

Ghost Recon Online will be a third-person, cover-based multiplayer shooter.

The downloadable multiplayer shooter will take place in a third-person perspective with a focus on cover-based tactical gameplay. As is standard for free-to-play offerings, players will be afforded opportunities to customize their characters by purchasing "premium items." Additionally, players will choose from three different character classes with persistent progress. Ubisoft is also promising to hold regular events, content updates, and live support for the title.

A closed beta test of the game is scheduled to go live this summer. Players can sign up for the program now at the official Ghost Recon Online site.

This won't be Ubisoft's first foray into the world of free-to-play. The publisher launched Might & Magic Heroes Kingdoms last year and converted its Shadowbane massively multiplayer online role-playing game to a free-to-play experience back in 2006.

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15 comments
wedran123
wedran123

YEAH!*starts dancing around like retard hmmmm it seems kinda MGOish

jasonzilla11
jasonzilla11

looks kinda cool so far, cooler than GRAW, but not as cool as future soldier.

Burdonkadonka
Burdonkadonka

very intriguing. it looks very different than the other ghost recons imo, for better or for worse. can't wait for some gameplay vids, great idea so far.

TH3WICK3D1
TH3WICK3D1

hmmm sounds good, 3rd person with cover-based combat... for PC. cant wait to try flanking maneuvers! :)

MarcJL31
MarcJL31

@jamyskis I get you on the MMO thing and agree with you. But this and "Battlefield Play4Free" and even Activision is rumored to put out a F2P COD (and knowing them, they will) arent really MMOs. It just the multiplayer components of these games.

Centurion95
Centurion95

Looks good, but if its infuriating in the micro-transaction department like B-Heros I wont be playing.

spOOoOOn
spOOoOOn

If it's just cosmetic stuff you buy in mini-transactions i'm fine with it... if it buys you "premium" weapons I aint touching this with a 10 foot pole even though I absolutely love ghost recon.

smoke_dog_4ever
smoke_dog_4ever

It's nice to see a F2P game with graphics that don't look 10 years old.

SDBusDriver1979
SDBusDriver1979

I usually don't associate Ghost Recon with competitive multiplayer like I would with Rainbow Six. If it doesn't have PVE there isn't much here to interest me.

HT89488
HT89488

This is misleading, the title says, "Ghost recon goes free to play", goes to me sounds like present. Then later to read it says, closed beta starts this summer...sign up now. Go to the site, and it says "Apply for Beta"...whatever. Moving along. I hate some of these misleading or just plan wrong articles i've been reading or these "bogus not bougs" worthless topics.

Hvac0120
Hvac0120

I don't like when free-to-play games don't offer a free upgrade path for those that don't mind playing longer for the same items people pay for. If it's free, it should have free options for evening the playing field. It shouldn't be where those that pay the most money get the best equipment and always have the upper-hand. I don't have a problem with paying to progress faster. There just needs to be a free option for that same upgrade path.

jamyskis
jamyskis

@MarcJL31: Can you blame them? MMOs are not like single-player titles. People who play them want to make an investment of time and money. When people make this kind of investment, they need to be sure that the community is there to make it truly massive and truly multiplayer. The average single-player gamer will buy a game once a month. The average MMO player will switch games perhaps once every couple of years. You need to give people an incentive to at least play the damn thing, and building a community in this way will make sure that paying gamers will want to play.

pidow
pidow

It's free, why not.....something else to do.

MarcJL31
MarcJL31

Seems like everything is making a Free-to-Play these days.

HT89488
HT89488

I just went on that website, it still says "Apply for Beta" ? Is this a guarantee that i will get to play this? Is this one of those apply for to play and wait days to months before you can actually play or if at all? I love Ghost Recon when it came out for Xbox 1. After Ghost Recon Island Thunder and they went into the "third- person perspective". Infinite hours of fun.