Ghost Recon Online announced

As promised earlier this month, Ubisoft has announced plans to launch a new PC exclusive game in a well known franchise. The game is Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Online, a free-to-play online third person tactical shooter title. The game, developed by Ubisoft's Singapore development studio, has already launched its official web site and it is taking sign ups for its upcoming closed beta test. Ubisoft said the beta test should begin sometime this summer.

Ghost Recon Online will allow players to choose from three different player classes with ways to customize weapons and more. Ubisoft claims that the game will have maps and graphics that "will rival the quality of those traditionally seen only in retail games." Players will be able to play Ghost Recon Online completely for free but the game will give players the option to purchase "premium items" as well. The game will also have "a rich lobby platform for hosting social and persistent progression features." Ubisoft plans to hold regular events online including content updates and "customized content based on community feedback". You can check out a trailer for the game below.

While this is Ubisoft's first free-to-play shooter title the publisher has dipped its hand in free-to-play games before. It launched a web based free fantasy MMO. Might and Magic Heroes Kingdom, in 2009. Ubisoft is still working on Ghost Recon Future Soldier, a retail first person tactical shooter for the PC, Xbox 360 and PS3 platforms that was officially announced in 2010. Originally announced as due for release in the fall of 2010, Ubisoft has now set a first quarter 2012 release date for that game.

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Marcos_Edson said,
Third person view?

The GRAW titles were as well and seeing as this is influenced by them it's perfectly fine with me.

I've signed up for the beta, thought i'd give it a try seeing as I enjoyed GRAW!!

Well, I only played the PC versions of Ghost Recon and GRAW 1 which were primarly first person view... Must give this one a try to see if I can really enjoy it...

F2P with premium "Micro-Transactions" is the future. Its been around for awhile but now starting to get popular with the big company. Nexon, EA, GamersFirst, and now Ubisoft. Its not bad if you think about it. If you have a job no one can complain you dumping money into the game. Its the same thing with CoD games but instead of dumping money into the game for weapon you just spend countless hours over the next person to unlock crap that others don't have.

PC exclusive! thats sweet! this doesnt happen too often now a days, especially for a big titles series.

jerzdawg said,
could be good.. but prob wont be. the whole pay for "premium" stuff just makes the game very unbalanced.

I wonder what will be "premium". If it's just guns, then I don't really care. I choose the odd, unpopular guns on xbox games all the time. It's not about what you do or don't have, but what you're good with.

On the other hand, if it's obnoxious crap like being able to teleport around the map at will (just hypothetically of course), then I'd say screw it to that. FPS really does have a lot to do with skill, unlike WoW-type games, where you can get unreasonably high armor or weapons to outbid other people.