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Ubisoft announces Ghost Recon Online MMO

Free-to-play PC exclusive adapts Asian online model for Western audience

A new PC-based massively multiplayer online (MMO) game named Ghost Recon Online has been announced by publisher Ubisoft, with the game due for release in early 2012.

Like previous titles in the series the game remains a third person, cover-based tactical shooter, developed by the Ubisoft Shanghai studio. However, Ghost Recon Online will be offered free-to-play, with a closed beta program beginning this summer.

Although free-to-play the game will offer premium items for players to purchase, mimicking the business model typical of MMOs in South Korea and China.

A brief trailer of the game at the official website shows visuals and gameplay typical of the franchise, with Ubisoft promising three different classes of characters, customisable weapons and "a rich lobby platform for hosting social and persistent progression features".

The publisher is also planning to "back the game with a full set of services, including regular events and game content updates, customised content based on community feedback, and live support."

"Ghost Recon Online takes the best attributes of the Ghost Recon game franchise and brings them online, making the experience of being a Ghost accessible to millions of new players and fans," said Hugues Ricour, senior producer at Ubisoft. "This game was designed from the start to be a free-to-play experience. Our development teams are dedicated to making Ghost Recon Online a truly unique, top-quality online title." "The online market is an exciting new frontier for video games and for gamers," said Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot.

"With Ghost Recon Online, and other major upcoming projects, Ubisoft is creating online experiences that allow our fans to stay connected to their favourite brands and to continually receive new content and gameplay. This direct link with our fans will allow us to create new and ever better experiences for them."

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Patrick Frost QA Project Monitor 10 years ago
So they've beaten Sony to the punch with the MMO Shooter? Hmmm.... I wonder if might investigate putting this on 360 with VOIP support.

Is it possible to have a separate VOIP system alongside the one within XBL?
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Jordan Woodward Level Designer, Codemasters Birmingham10 years ago
Looks awesome, massive fan of the Ghost Recon series. Beta :D
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David Wooldridge Programmer, Rebellion10 years ago
@Patrick, nope theres a little game called planet side, and i think there were a couple of WWII MMO shooters as well before that.

Will keep an eye on this. Be interesting to see if they get a good cover system in esp for a PC only game.
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Hugo Wyler Playtest coordinator, Ubisoft World10 years ago
Where did you read "MMO" besides on this website ?
http://www.next-gen.biz/news/ghost-recon...
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Jamie Stowe Level Design Director, Ubisoft Singapore10 years ago
Correction: It is being developed by Ubisoft Singapore, not Ubisoft Shanghai.
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Mike Wuetherick Lead Designer, Super Mega Awesome Games10 years ago
too bad their UPlay signup form is so utterly broken. Looks intriguing, although one of the major downsides to most free2play shooters is the fact that higher level characters completely outmatch newer users with upgrades / enhancements etc. With all of the gadgets (invisibility / wall hacks etc) that are built into the gameplay (at least seems like from the video) balancing this will be tricky.

Would be nice to see a half-decent ghost recon game again, particularly after they butchered Splinter Cell so badly last time.
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Ben Stewart , CyberSports10 years ago
Unfortunately for Ubisoft there are a rash of MMO shooters on the way so a lot will depend on exactly how its implemented.

Planetside for me is the ONLY true MMOFPS to date as it offered a actual experience that the multiplayer segment of a traditional shooter could not with oft seen 500+ men battles.

This year alone we wll/have seen the relaunch of Parrabelum and APB, Global Agenda's shift to f2p, launch of BF online yet none of these aside small social hubs offer nothing at a gameplay element that can outdo BC2 presently and BF3 come the end of the year.

Its going to take something really special to draw players to a lobby based pay2win not really a MMOFPS with maps no larger than the MP portion of SP games and GR just doesnt have the IP strength to do that.

We also could be looking at Planetside:Next by then which I pray follows the same design as the first now that the tech has caught up.
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Hugues Ricour Senior Producer, Ubisoft Singapore10 years ago
Hi David, thank you for publishing the news. Two corrections:
- The game is due for release end of 2011
- GRO is developped by Ubisoft Singapore
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Jens Andersen Game Developer, Progressive Media10 years ago
Applied for beta, this could very well become super-cool :-)
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Adam Jordan Community Management/Moderation 10 years ago
@Ben Stewart: BF Online was released in 2009 and only the Korean market but it was still successful and the reason why Battlefield Heroes and Battlefield Play4Free were brought in to see how well the games would do in the western world.

Battlefield Heroes has over 7 million players and has survived the wave of some of the biggest AAA titles to date and has done so for the last 3 years, not exactly a feat to just shrug off. Battlefield Play4Free also has connections with BF3, meaning if anyone is waiting for or wants some practice in before hitting people hard on the Battlefield, then jumping into BFP4F is highly recommended.

As to Ghost Recon Online. I loved the first Ghost Recon and wish the GRO team luck
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Patrick Frost QA Project Monitor 10 years ago
@David - Yeah, was aware of Planetside, what I meant was that Ubi beat them to a newer version (or equivalent) that has been rumoured to be in production.

Anyway... interested in this.
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