Ghost Recon: Wildlands Betas Set New Ubisoft Record With 6.8 Million Players
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Ubisoft held multiple betas for Ghost Recon: Wildlands, including a closed beta and an open beta, and now the publisher has confirmed that more than 6.8 million people took part in them.
This sets a new record for the "biggest beta phase" in the company's history. By comparison, The Division's one beta had 6.4 million players.
Ubisoft also confirmed some stats from the Wildlands beta, including the fact that people played for more than 2 billion minutes and that more than 60 percent of people played cooperatively.
The Wildlands closed beta ran February 3-6, with the open beta taking place February 23-27. A technical beta was also held. In the beta, players could fight through two of the game's 21 Bolivian provinces. As announced previously, Wildlands contains the largest world that Ubisoft has ever created.
"With each beta, players were able to provide valuable feedback to the development team to help deliver the best experience at launch," Ubisoft said.
Everyone who took part in a Wildlands beta will get the Unidad Conspiracy bonus, which comes with three "exclusive" missions that take place in the Media Luna region. These missions will be available sometime after Wildlands comes out on March 7. Addition, you need to purchase and play Wildlands by March 31 on the same Ubisoft account as the beta to claim the reward.
In other news, Ubisoft today announced a Wildlands novel titled Dark Waters. Written by Tom Clancy author Richard Dansky and published by Ubisoft's own book division, the $10 book tells the story of how the US Special Forces soldiers, known as Ghosts, came to know each other before the events of the game.
Finally, Ubisoft said today that the Ghost Recon franchise has passed 24 million units sold. A movie based on the franchise is on the way.