Today, Ubisoft announced that more than 6.8 million unique players participated across Ghost Recon Wildlands’ Beta phases including the Open Beta that ended February 27, breaking Ubisoft’s record for biggest beta phase in history. More than 2 billion minutes were played and more than 60 percent of players gathered their squad to play the Open Beta in Co-Op, discovering the dangerous beauty of the wildlands ahead of the game’s launch on March 7, 2017 on current-gen consoles and PC.
With each beta, players were able to provide valuable feedback to the development team to help deliver the best experience at launch. As a thank-you to fans, all players who participated in the technical test, Closed Beta or Open Beta (and will play the game by March 31 using the same Ubisoft account) will receive access to the Unidad Conspiracy reward. This reward includes three exclusive missions set in the Media Luna region, one of the Unidad strongholds, and will be available for download post-launch*.
Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Wildlands takes place in Bolivia a few years from now, as the country has been turned by the vicious Santa Blanca drug cartel into an in-game narco-state. The New York Times bestselling authors Don Winslow and Shane Salerno have teamed up with Ubisoft to create the cartel-themed narrative for Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Wildlands. Winslow is the award-winning and #1 internationally bestselling novelist of The Cartel, The Power of the Dog and Savages. Salerno is one of the most sought-after writers in the film industry. He is currently working with Oscar-winning filmmaker James Cameron on four separate sequels to Avatar, the highest grossing film of all time, and writing and producing The Cartel (an adaptation of Don Winslow’s novel) for master filmmaker Ridley Scott. He also co-wrote the film Savages with Don Winslow and three-time Oscar-winner Oliver Stone, and Armageddon for director Michael Bay.
“Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Wildlands presents a first for the series with our massive open world that can be explored freely. With this amount of freedom, we wanted to bring in top talent to create a believable cartel organization and story,” said Nouredine Abboud, senior producer, Ubisoft. “As fans of their work, we knew that Don Winslow and Shane Salerno would be the perfect team to help us keep the game rooted in reality while keeping the game’s core entertainment experience.”
Winslow and Salerno offered their knowledge of the international drug trade and their skills in storytelling to create an authentic drug-cartel narrative to unfold for players when Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Wildlands launches on March 7, 2017.