John McTiernan does Ghost Recon Wildlands (plus, the Open Beta’s live now!)

Enter the Santa Blanca Cartel’s Bolivia in the new cinema spot for Ghost Recon Wildlands, “Ruthless”. The spot was directed by John McTiernan, the legendary director behind Die Hard, Predator and The Hunt for Red October. Ruthless shows the realities of life under the Cartel, and the Ghosts’ first mission in Bolivia.

“Ruthless”, it says here, “is the story of those who we do not see, the invisible but determined hands that will execute Justice.” The video shows the Santa Blanca cartel extending their grip on Bolivia and its people, gradually turning it into a narco-state by ruining birthday parties and tossing money at old ladies. But the cartel are no longer untouchable, “fear will fill the souls of the corrupted because they are coming. The Ghosts are coming.”

Ruthless isn’t John McTiernan’s first rodeo for Ghost Recon Wildlands – he also directed “Red Dot” (below) The two videos are complementary, showing different perspectives on the same conflict. While Red Dot shows the merciless efficiency of the Ghosts (and a cat), Ruthless shows the cruelty of the Cartel.

As if all that McTiernan-flavoured goodness wasn’t enough, players can start the job of taking down the Santa Blanca Cartel right now, as the Ghost Recon Wildlands Open Beta is live on PS4, Xbox One and PC – click those links to download!  Running until February 27 (next Monday), the Open Beta introduces players to two of the game’s 21 provinces. Returning from the earlier closed beta, Itacua is the flourishing and mountainous start point for the game, where the grip of the cartel is relatively loose – an ideal location for perfecting your sniping skills and finding your feet in the Wildlands. In addition, players can now access Montuyoc, set in the snowy Altiplano and rather more challenging as it hosts Santa Blanca elite training centers.

If you played the Closed Beta, here’s a list of changes made between that and the Open one.

Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Wildlands hits store shelves and online retailers on March 7th. For more news on the game, stay tuned to Ubiblog!

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Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Wildlands

Release date — 7th March 2017
Developer — Ubisoft Paris
PEGI 18+
Bolivia, a few years from now: this beautiful South American country has become the largest cocaine producer in the world. The influential and vicious Santa Blanca drug cartel has turned the country into a narco-state, leading to lawlessness, fear, injustice, and violence. The cartel is on track to becoming a major underworld power and global threat. An all-out war is not the answer. A surgical, stealthy, lethal approach is the only way to stop the disease at its source. The Ghosts, an elite US Special Forces team, are sent behind enemy lines to wreak havoc, destabilize, and eventually break the alliance between the cartel and the corrupted government. Facing an almighty enemy in a massive and hostile environment, the Ghosts will need to make critical moral choices and engage in tough battles to complete their mission – their grittiest and most dangerous operation to date.
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