The Tom Clancy name has been tied to a number of Ubisoft’s biggest games.
One of those franchises is the 3rd-person, tactical shooter series fans still hold in high esteem – Ghost Recon. For the 10th official entry, Ubisoft Paris is taking a much different route this time around. Instead of focusing on the futuristic warfare of Advanced Warfighter, Wildlands comes back to our age and delivers some intense cartel warfare. As a member of the Ghosts military squadron, you can go it alone or team up with three other soldiers for an important mission – take down the Santa Blanca Cartel. With a huge open world to explore, this latest entry in the franchise gives you even more ways to tackle each confrontation.
If the open beta got you intrigued about Wildlands, allow us to give you an even more extensive preview of what’s to come.
1. So Who’s Your Main Opposition? The Santa Blanca Cartel
Ghost Recon: Wildlands takes place in 2019. Your mission places you in the country of Bolivia, which has recently come under the violent rule of the Santa Blanca drug cartel. This illegal organization has garnered so much favor and power in Bolivia that now its home base has become the world’s biggest cocaine producer.
This puts the U.S. on alert after the cartel’s reach begins to spread out farther than Bolivia. They’re then forced to confront the cartel head on with the aid of the Ghosts operatives after one of their DEA agents is killed by the Santa Blanca. The cartel’s most important members (who also have connections to Bolivia’s local government) are El Sueno, Nidia Flores, El Cardenal, El Yayo and El Muro. Hit this link to read a description about each of these personalities.
2. You and Three Other Ghost Soldiers Will Explore the Wide Open Lands of Bolivia
Once you’ve planted your boots on the soil of Bolivia, you can tackle each mission any way you choose. Instead of being confined to enclosed, linear areas, you and three other soldiers can explore the various open-world regions of Bolivia. Even if you choose to go solo, three of your allies will be controlled by the A.I.
The Wildlands can be explored through the use of vehicles (dirk bikes, helicopters, dune buggies etc.) and by foot. The constant day/night cycle plays a huge part in how you’ll approach tougher tasks, too. It’s much easier to tag your enemies when the sun’s out, while you may prefer taking the tactical advantage against some non-suspecting gang members at night.
The Wildlands comes in many forms that you’ll discover along the way. Those areas includes a jungle, Coca Plantation, the lakes region, huge mines, Salt Flats, the Highlands and a Canyon location. Coming upon outposts and ripping them from the hands of the cartel are one of the many side missions you can tackle.
As a Ghost, you can arm yourself with a myriad of firearms and additional gear (such as a drone that can mark your targets and give you an overview of a location). The primary weapons you can arm your soldier with falls into five separate categories – Assault Rifles, Light Machine Guns, Submachine Guns, Sniper Rifles and Shotguns. As for sidearms, you can arm yourself with Compact Machine Guns and Handguns.
3. You’ll Have to Deal With Bolivia’s Everyday Citizens, Cartel Members and Other Factions
Bolivia is a living, breathing world full of everyday denizens going about their day. You can choose to develop a positively friendly or extremely hostile relationship with them if you so choose. Besides the cartel, there’s another corrupt force you’ll need to be aware of at all times – the Unidad faction. The local government has hired them for one simple task – intimidate the people of Bolivia and quell any signs of revolt.
Of course, a rival faction (the Kataris 6, whom are lead by their leader Pac Katari) won’t take this unjust treatment so easily. They set out to take down the Unidad, drive out the Santa Blanca Cartel and keep their people safe. You’ll fall under the guise of a Ghost member, interact with Bolivia’s citizens, attempt to eliminate the Santa Blanca cartel, aid the Kataris 6 and fight against the Unidad soldiers when threatened.
4. Wildlands is Offered in a Standard, Deluxe and Gold Edition
Like most Ubisoft published games, Wildlands comes in three different editions – the Standard, Deluxe and Gold renditions. Pre-ordering any of these three editions gifts you with the extra DLC mission called “The Peruvian Connection.” You can check out the main image for that piece of extra content down below.
As for the Deluxe Edition of the game, it comes with an exclusive firearm (the Huntsman Rifle), the Huntsman motorbike, three character emblems, three weapon camouflage patterns, three character customization items and an experience booster. And finally, the Gold Edition comes with everything offered with the Deluxe Edition and the Season Pass (this gives players access to two future expansions for the game).
5. There’s Also a Special “War Within the Cartel” Edition Up for Grabs; The Season Pass Contents Have Been Announced
Wildlands is also being offered within a special Collector’s Edition dubbed the “War Within the Cartel” package. So what does it come with? Three pretty cool items, actually – it gives you the Gold Edition of the game and all of its accompanying bonuses, a SteelBook case with art inspired by the Santa Blanca Cartel and a supremely detailed Santa Muerte figurine.
Oh and there’s also a plentiful amount of future DLC coming with the game’s Season Pass. Check out the trailer above to see what’s in store. You should also go ahead and read up on it straight from the official Ubisoft blog.