Ghost Recon Online gets a new name and a makeover

Ubisoft rebrands free-to-play shooter as "Ghost Recon Phantoms," announces April 10 launch date for PC.

Ubisoft today announced that Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Online, the developer's upcoming free-to-play multiplayer shooter, will launch April 10 on PC via Steam as "Ghost Recon Phantoms."

The name change comes as Ubisoft also announced today that the game has added a new "narrative layer" based on a group of ex-Ghosts called The Phantoms.

Ghost Recon Phantoms has been in open beta for more than a year now and more than 5 million players in total have played the beta so far.

If you participated in the Ghost Recon Online beta, no need to worry about losing your stats, as Ubisoft promises "our current players will not have to start over" when Ghost Recon Phantoms officially releases next month.

Along with the name change, Ubisoft announced today that Ghost Recon Phantoms features a new art direction, encompassing new character and device designs. Ubisoft promises a "complete reworking of lighting and level design" on the "majority" of maps. You can check out some "before and after" comparison images below.

There's also "major" changes coming to the game's matchmaking and customization systems.

"Matchmaking will now take into account both the skills and gear, which will grant a fair gaming experience to all users, both new and veterans, paying or not," Ubisoft said. "The team is also going to reveal the new 'Mod Master' and weapon camo systems, which will allow countless customization possibilities."

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44 comments
Centurion95
Centurion95

Honestly I totally forgot about this game.

14monkey
14monkey

any news on wiiu version come on man we need something

rskueem
rskueem

Finally official release date ^^ Good to see this game is coming to steam. I'm player of GRO since close beta,I have spent many hours in gro. It was great free to play TPS tactical shooter few time ago but now due to pay 2 win crap,lag,unfair matchmaking, FSB exploit and many other known issues, I have stopped playing gro. They should have released my favorite old GRO on steam, it was way better than today broken GRO. But I still recommend you to play this game, better than cod,CS and many other shooters :) All 3 classes,devices,cover system,tactics and teamwork are awesome in this game, also gro community is great.

NiteX
NiteX

That lighting is quite a nice improvement.  I doubt I will try this though.

dmastor
dmastor

I stop reading at Free to Play. 

mkeezay22
mkeezay22

A graphical update is great but that doesn't address the main problem with the game which is it's a pay to win game, I'm guessing they are trying to fix this with matchmaking but I doubt better matchmaking.will help with the huge advantage paying players have over free players.

je29836
je29836

still looks like a game made in 2004

EatShanna
EatShanna

So this is where Watch_Dogs' lighting went to. 

Death_Masta187
Death_Masta187

I keep forgetting about this game. maybe someday ill try it.

mjselvig
mjselvig

This was supposed to come to Wii U. Whatever happened to that?

richten71
richten71

I'm hoping at some point they start developing another Ghost Recon game. After the mess that was Future Soldier, Ubisoft needs to redeem itself and show that it can make a good Ghost Recon game.

Karlinel
Karlinel

The "before" one looks like Watch_dogs on ps4! Port CONFIRMED!

ghost59
ghost59

it doesnt look better

yoda101280
yoda101280

I play this game off and on these days but I used to play it daily for a pretty long time and it's a pretty decent third person shooter.  It's pay model isn't overly invasive so it's easy to get in and just have fun w/o spending any money.  Most things that you can buy with cash you can also buy with the in-game currency and the things that you can't are not directly related to gameplay so there's no imbalance.  


You can purchase weapons with cash (well the G-coins you buy with cash) but weapons are tied to your level and if you use the currency you earn by just playing the game wisely you will have no trouble keeping up with the guys spending money.  There are 3 classes in the game that all have their own roles and play styles and they level independently of each other.


So I would recommend this title if you're looking for a fun third person shooter that you can try out w/o spending any cash.  I would recommend getting in a decent clan as the public matches can get frustrating .  This is a cover shooter, problem with that is a lot of people tend to sit in cover and since you actually have to complete certain objectives to win, sitting in cover will not help you and most smart players know how to flank.

Talavaj
Talavaj

Surprisingly enough, this game is actually pretty good and it is definitely one of the less "p2w" f2p shooters out there.

Link3301
Link3301

Looks cool might have to play it when it launches on steam. Wasn't their supposed to be a Wii U version, too?

ratavaquera
ratavaquera

I played this game, and it is very good. It has a tactical gameplay and also all the animations and graphics (old ones) were decent or pretty good for a F2P game. I'll give it a shot again once it releases.


This is the Ghost Recon we deserve.

Sevenizz
Sevenizz

The original Xbox GR games were a treat.  It was an excellent sniper or a close quarters shooter.  Then they changed the franchise to mimic Call of Duty and ruined what used to be a great game.

Alecmrhand
Alecmrhand

I bought and played Ghost Recon:Future Soldier for a while.  It was fun but a bit frustrating due to its slow pace. Definitely a different animal. Ill give this shooter a try but im not expecting GRP to be groundbreaking.  Plus the whole free to play thing usually means doom.  I havent played a F2P shooter that was able to hold my interest for more than a couple hours.


But, hey, the more the merrier, right?

wexorian
wexorian

it's good game not pay 2 win, good to see that they are updating graphics etc

wookiegr
wookiegr

So many online games coming, are there enough people to play them all?

Ultra_Taco
Ultra_Taco

*Sigh*


GRO (now GRP) is what Future Soldier should have been...

Tigerbite2
Tigerbite2

First Ghost Recon was cool.  That was it.  BRING BACK RAINBOW SIX.

cboye18
cboye18

Never liked Tom Clancy games, except for Splinter Cell........until they done f***** it up.

faizanhd
faizanhd

They really need to put this on steam. The uplay downloader is really not letting me download the game.

WHERE IS THE GROUND ZEROES REVIEW  ?

PixelAddict
PixelAddict

I might be done with Ghost Recon.

I played the first two GRAW's, and I was interested in Future Soldier, and then something funny happened. I never played it. Even when it got to 19.99.

Yeah. I'm done.

MasterTheHero
MasterTheHero

Ghost Recon Phantoms is a little redundant, but whatever.

Kisalon
Kisalon

@dmastor It is actually a very good game even though its F2P.

mkeezay22
mkeezay22

@Death_Masta187 Not worth it unless your willing to pay at the start to get on level with other players.

Duckynevada
Duckynevada

@yoda101280 I agree its like a f2p version of GR: FS which was great imo. I haven't spent a penny yet and im still getting enjoyment out of it.

wexorian
wexorian

@wookiegr  there are lot players who play ghost recon online trust me.

PixelAddict
PixelAddict

@cboye18  100% Ironside-free was all they needed to say. I won't play it anymore.

normanislost
normanislost

@PixelAddict  well it is free.....can't really argue with the price point so its at least worth a look

PeterDuck
PeterDuck

@MasterTheHero  

Medal of Honor: Airborne Paratroopers.

Aliens: Colonizing Colonial Marines, in Space.

Dark Souls 2: this time even darker



Kisalon
Kisalon

@Duckynevada GR: FS was a great game? im guessing you had the bug free version? GR:Online/GR:TP is the bug "Free" version of GR: FS which makes it a better game... Hell GR: FS still has the same bugs it was released with what 3 years ago now?

SkytheWiz1
SkytheWiz1

@PixelAddict @cboye18 I borrowed the newest from a friend, and it was actually a good game, aside from Sam's voice. It made me cringe every time he spoke. The tone, the contrived jokes, all of it.

PixelAddict
PixelAddict

@normanislost   I'm actually willing to pay $60 for something I want to play, though. I'd rather do that, in fact, than pay $19.99 (or free) for something I don't want to play. I guess that's my point.

PixelAddict
PixelAddict

@SkytheWiz1 @cboye18  Yeah, I'm not doing this because I'm boycotting, I just don't want to cringe each time and have it affect my memories of the Splinter Cell franchise.

It's okay, there are other things to play. Wish an Ironside-led Splinter Cell was one of them, but that's life.

normanislost
normanislost

@PixelAddict @normanislost  consoles need more games like that (fighter plane games not games that make you want to put Xs on the end of every word). if you ever saw dropship on the PS2 that was pretty awesome

PixelAddict
PixelAddict

@normanislost  Oooooo Hawx.

I enjoyed Hawx so much that I went around inserting x's in any word with a "k" sound for like a week. It's embarrassing to admit, but I was that guy.

True story.

normanislost
normanislost

@PixelAddict  fair enough. personally i've never enjoyed a GR game so never tried the last few (except hawx) so i'll take a look since its free