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Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Wildlands is an open world game focusing on a conflict with the Santa Blanca drug cartel in Bolivia. It was released on March 7th, 2017 for PC, PS4 and Xbox One.

Publisher's summaryEdit

Bolivia has become the largest cocaine producer in the world. The vicious Santa Blanca drug cartel has turned the country into a narco-state, leading to fear, injustice, and violence. The Ghosts, a legendary U.S. Elite Special Operations team, is sent behind enemy lines to wreak havoc and break alliances between the cartel and the corrupted government.

DevelopmentEdit

Wildlands was developed by Ubisoft Paris in collaboration with several other studios.[1] Ghost Recon Wildlands was announced at E3 2015 to a crowd of nearly 52,000. The reveal displayed a mission pitting the players against "White Hat" at his Bolivian drug lab.[4] At the show, it won 25 awards from the media.[5] The game features singleplayer and four-person Co-op, along with a confirmed 4v4 PvP mode coming in the future.[6] The game was in development for multiple years, and Ubisoft has stated that it is moving the series "in a new direction".[1]

An interview with the Lead Game Designer and Senior Producer revealed that it is set in the near future - about four years from now.[3] The team has done significant research to make this entry into the "Clancyverse", and to create one of the series "What If" entries. This includes visiting Bolivia and conferring with subject matter experts.[7]

Along with the "What If" aspect, the developers asked what would happen if a single cartel siezed power over the entirety of the cocaine trade. It allows for a group of special ops soldiers to go behind enemy lines and break the ties between corrupt government and the cartel.[8]

GameplayEdit

Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Wildlands - Official Reveal Trailer -E3 201505:18

Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Wildlands - Official Reveal Trailer -E3 2015

Reveal trailer

Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Wildlands is an open world, tactical shooter utilizing a third person perspective. The game will not feature the futuristic setting used in Advanced Warfighter and Future Soldier, but will instead adopt a modern-day setting, similar to the original Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon. As a result, the equipment featured in the game will be based on weapons and gear commonly used by military forces around the world. However, the game will feature some original equipment, such as UAV Drones that can be used to tag and show the highlighted enemies and objectives. The game will be the first entry to feature an open world, which includes nine different types of terrain, such as mountains, forests, desert, salt flats and will also introduce dynamic weather system and day-night cycle.

Wildlands features over 20 regions to explore as they go about disrupting the Santa Blanca cartel. The game will feature 26 cartel bosses which can be taken down as the player chooses before drawing out the leader. Players will have to disrupt two of the four aspects—Security, Influence, Smuggling, and Production—of the cartel.[9]

When completing missions, players can reach the location where the mission starts through a variety of ways. Players can parachute from a helicopter, walk overland, or drive towards their objectives. Players are allowed to use multiple ways to complete objectives, such as utilizing stealth, mêlée combat, or using the long-ranged or short-ranged weapons provided in the game. Between missions, players are free to explore the game's world, and the game will feature outposts that can be taken down by players.

When not completing missions, players can interact, and build friendly or hostile relationships with other non-playable characters, such as the citizens, officials or the rebels of the world. These interactions require strategy, as interactions will bring consequences and impact the game's world, and change how players can achieve their objectives. Players can also gain experience points to level up, as character and gear customization is also available in the game.

The game will also feature four-player co-operative multiplayer, in which players can be joined by three other players to explore the game's world and to complete campaign's mission. The game can also be played solo, in which the player will be accompanied by three AI teammates, which the player can give orders to.

Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Wildlands Trailer Character & Weapon Customization - Gamescom 2016 US01:41

Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Wildlands Trailer Character & Weapon Customization - Gamescom 2016 US

Customization trailer

PlotEdit

Operation KingslayerEdit

Main article: Ghost Recon Wildlands: War Within the Cartel

In 2019 the Santa Blanca drug cartel [6] has bombed the US embassy in La Paz attempting to kill DEA special agent Ricardo Sandoval "Ricky" who has been under cover for 6 years but instead injure 2 US Marines and later on kidnap him and torture him to death. The action upgrades their status to a terrorist organization and puts them near the top of a threat list. The cartel is led by the vicious killer El Sueño, along with The Beauty Queen, El Yayo, El Muro and El Cardenal.

The cartel has also corrupted the Bolivian Government to the core that the Government cannot handle them and cannot call for any external help.The cartel mainly deals in drug production like cocaine and trafficking and distribution of it because of which their influence is spreading to other countries and therefore needing to break the connection between them and the Bolivian government.

In order to stop the problem the CIA, DEA, and JSOC has decided to send the Ghosts, an elite unit of the US Military as part of Operation Kingslayer. The team sent in consists of Nomad (Ghost Lead and Support Specialist), Weaver (Team Sniper and Weapons Specialist), Holt (Team Engineer and Drone Specialist) and Midas (Team Combat Specialist and Vehicle Engineer).

The Ghosts are brought into Bolivia by helicopter, on which they meet up with their CIA contact Karen Bowman. When they land in the province of Itacua, they meet "Pac Katari", leader of the Kataris 26, the only resistance against Santa Blanca. He gives them their first mission - to recover Amaru, the man who founded the Kataris rebels and who has been captured by Santa Blanca.

ItacuaEdit

The Ghosts rescue Amaru in exchange for information about the people who tortured Sandoval. These are revealed to be La Yuri and El Polito, Santa Blanca's chief doctors and torturers, as well as being devoted lovers of each other.

The Ghosts infiltrate FOB Armadillo, the local base of UNIDAD (a Bolivian special forces organization originally set up to combat drug cartels but now on Santa Blanca's payroll and turning a blind eye to their activities), and interrogate the base's commander. They force him to call El Polito and request that he and La Yuri return to Itacua.

Having lured the duo back to Itacua, the Ghosts determine their exact location by infiltrating a Santa Blanca camp and stealing El Polito's car. Their analysts examine its GPS history and locate El Polito and La Yuri at a mountain hunting lodge.


The Ghosts then go after El Polito and La Yuri. They locate them in the basement of their hunting lodge, torturing a prisoner. Both are killed by the Ghosts along with their guards, much to Bowman's satisfaction.

OcoroEdit

The Ghost then go to Ocoro to get information on the location of El Yayo

MontuyocEdit

The Ghosts then move to continue their assault against the Santa Blanca's Security Pillar. They move into Montuyoc, site of the cartel's sicario training camp.

They discover that El Muro chose a former Army Ranger by the name of Carl Bookhart as his head of training. The Ghosts then track and eliminate, Carl Bookhart in an underground mining facility.

WeaponsEdit

GRW Weapons
Assault rifles P416SR3M556xiAK-12AUG A3805 Bren A2G2L85A2R5 RGPACRAK-47M4A1Mk 17TAR-21G36CAK-47 UprisingMK 17 Tiger FangM4A1 TacticalRitmoAK-12 GR Network
Light machine guns MG121Mk249Stoner LMG A1MK-48Type 956P41El BastiónLlamativo
Submachine guns MP5P90PP19SR-635MP79mm C19x19VSNMPXPSGScorpion EVO 3Vector .45 ACPP90 DoorkickerMendeleyevExperimento #42Residuos¡UY!
Sniper rifles M40A5M1891SR25Dragunov (SVD)G28SRSA1HTIL115A3MK14MSRSR-1MSR ThermiteStampedeSRSA1 Black WidowLanza SagradaThe WarhawkChica Mala
Shotguns Super ShortySASG-12SPAS-12Ice Shard¡SILENCIO!El ObsequioEl Cuentista
Compact machine guns SMG-11SkorpionSMG-11 DragonSanta Blanca Skorpion
Handguns P45T5.7 USGM1911P12P227M9D-50.357 JokerWhisperLa NovenaEl GeneralLady KillerThe BFF


Equipment Edit

  • UAV Drone
  • C4
  • Grenades (flash, frag, diversion)
  • Flare gun
  • Mines

Vehicles Edit

  • Matahorn cab-over-engine truck
  • Matahorn military truck
  • Brubeck high-duty truck
  • Decussine 60s' large luxury saloon
  • Decussine 2010s' large luxury SUV
  • Decussine 90s' large SUV
  • Decussine 2010s' luxury pickup
  • Decussine 2010s' large luxury saloon
  • Decussine 90s' large luxury saloon
  • Decussine 90s mid-size saloon
  • Buggy
  • Landrock military SUV
  • Landrock small offroad vehicle
  • Landrock panel van
  • Landrock heavy-duty truck
  • ATV
  • Dirt Bike
  • Vintage motorcycle
  • APC
  • Armoured assault vehicle
  • Luxury boat
  • Sumitsu 90s' mid-size saloon (pre and post facelift)
  • Sumitsu 80s' Kei-class van frame
  • Sumitsu 80s' Kei-class panel van
  • Sumitsu early 2000s' station wagon
  • Sumitsu 90s' MPV
  • Sumitsu 80s' light pickup truck
  • Nakahawa 90s' compact saloon (pre and post facelift)
  • Nakahawa 90s' light pickup truck
  • Nakahawa compact crossover SUV
  • Papavero late 2010s supercar
  • Zodiac
  • Helicopters
  • Monster Truck (Narco Road expansion)

Adversarial modeEdit

Ghost Recon Wildlands will include a four-vs-four adversarial mode. It will launch a few months after the game.[10]

ReleaseEdit

The game will be available in a standard Edition, Deluxe Edition with new equipment and an XP boost, and a Gold Edition with the Season Pass.

The Season Pass will include access to two expansions.[11]

Additionally, players who get into the Beta and then purchase the game will receive a reward of three missions based around Unidad forces.[12]

The preorder bonus will be a mission called "The Peruvian Connection" to disrupt the ties between Santa Blanca and Peruvian cartels.[13] It will also be part of the season pass later on.

ReceptionEdit

Reception has been generally positive, with sites like Gamesradar.com giving it a 4.5 out of 5 stars.[14]

DLCEdit

Narco RoadEdit

The game’s first major expansion will give you the full spectrum of narco life, as you tear through Bolivia using new vehicles in a series of fast-paced missions. Expect to face the most insane adversaries as you infiltrate three smuggling gangs and take out their leaders one by one until you reach the mastermind: El Invisible.

The pack will be released on April 25 (one week early for season pass holders)

Fallen GhostsEdit

With Fallen Ghosts, get ready for your Spec Ops skills to be put to the test! After your chopper is shot down during an evacuation mission, your squad will be forced to adapt as you are tracked down by Los Extranjeros, an elite group of ruthless mercenaries. Fortunately, new weapons and skills will help you and your friends find the strength to escape! As with Narco Road, season pass owners will be able to access this paid content one week early.

Tie-in mediaEdit

Along with live-action trailers, Ubisoft is producing Ghost Recon Wildlands: War Within the Cartel, a film focusing on the cartel character Marcus which premiers on February 16.

Longtime series writer Richard Dansky is writing the novel Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Wildlands: Dark Waters as a prequel to the game.

Additionally, Ubisoft is releasing a feature-length documentary titled Wildlands which focuses on the real-world inspiration and background of the game. It was released on March 6.[15]

Furthermore Ubisoft has released an app where players can track their status, recruit teammates, and play a prequel game where Karen Bowman starts the resistance against the cartel.

Live action trailersEdit

Ubisoft has also produced live action trailers featuring the Ghost team in their live-action counterparts. The "Red Dot" trailer was directed by John McTiernan, the same person who directed the original Die Hard.[16] He also directed the "Ruthless" tv spot.

GalleryEdit

BibliographyEdit

Notes and referencesEdit

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