Without warning, Ubisoft announced today that the PC version of Ghost Recon 2 has been canceled. The game had been scheduled for a June release on the PC. "This decision was not an easy one," said the publisher.
In a short but seemingly heartfelt statement on the game's official Web site, Ubisoft outlined the reasons behind the cancellation: "We did not want to disappoint the loyal Ghost Recon fans, but we did not want to risk releasing a final product that did not meet their high expectations. With the launch of Ghost Recon 3 planned for Winter 2005, significant human resources were needed to ensure the quality of the future installment of the series, thus potentially jeopardizing the quality of either Ghost Recon 2 PC or Ghost Recon 3."
The Ubisoft statement continued, "Taking into account their close release dates, and the fact that we felt the third opus would be a much more satisfying and evolved gaming experience, we were forced to conclude that it was in the interest of gamers for us to cancel the PC version of Ghost Recon 2."
While somber, Ubisoft's cancellation statement did try to put a positive spin on things. "Ghost Recon 3 on PC will hit shelves the fourth quarter of 2005, so the wait won't be long, and will definitely be worth it."
For more information on the now-stillborn PC Ghost Recon 2, check out GameSpot's previous coverage.