New Ghost Recon Wildlands Trailer Shows Off Diverse Environments

The last time we saw Ghost Recon Wildlands was at E3 2015, where we got our first look at a new squad of Ghosts against the backdrop of an open-world Bolivia conquered by the Santa Blanca drug cartel. Today, we have a new trailer that not only shows the Ghosts in action, but also gives a good look at the sheer variety of conditions and terrain they’ll be encountering on their mission.

From deserts and mountains to salt flats and jungle, each of these ecosystems presents different challenges that ultimately affect the way you might approach a mission. For example, the thick vegetation of the jungle will conceal your approach to a target, making it possible to sneak up and get the jump on them. Conversely, traversing arid mountains can leave you vulnerable to enemy attack, so an aerial insertion might be the best way to approach the situation. It’s not just Bolivia’s terrain that provokes strategic thinking. Different weather conditions like rain or fog can affect your visibility, potentially making it harder to spot enemies from a distance. In any case, the development team’s priority at Ubisoft Paris has been to make sure that the in-game Bolivia properly reflects the real-world Bolivia’s most extreme conditions.

Obviously, getting around a country with varied terrain requires the right kind of vehicles, and if the trailer is any indication, the Ghosts have no shortage of options for transportation. Buggies (with one member of the squad manning the Gatling gun), dirt bikes, and helicopters are all prevalent in the trailer, but there are some brief shots of Humvees, trucks, an APC, and even a patrol boat.

Ghost Recon Wildlands is currently scheduled for release on PS4, Xbox One, and PC. The Deluxe Edition will feature the Standard Edition of the game along with some exclusive in-game goodies, such as the Huntsman rifle and motorbike, three emblems, three weapon camo skins, three character customization items, and an XP booster. There will also be a physical version of the Deluxe Edition. Meanwhile, the Ghost Recon Wildlands Gold Edition includes the Deluxe Edition and the full Season Pass, which includes access to two major expansions and equipment packs, as well as exclusive vehicles and weapons. Finally, the Collector’s Edition contains a Santa Muerte figurine and collectible posters designed by Ken Taylor. All pre-orders will receive a bonus mission called The Peruvian Connection that puts the Ghosts in the mountains of Bolivia to take on not only the Santa Blanca, but also their Peruvian counterparts.

For more information, check out our previous coverage:

Ghost Recon Wildlands is One of Ubisoft’s Biggest Open-Worlds Yet

5 things you need to know about Ghost Recon Wildlands

Behind-the-Scenes of Ghost Recon Wildlands – Q&A with Nouredine Abboud

Ghost Recon Wildlands

Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Wildlands

Release date — March 7, 2017
Developer — Ubisoft Paris
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.

ESRB Rating: M

Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Wildlands is a work of fiction. Like similar Tom Clancy’s games from Ubisoft, the game takes place in a modern universe inspired by reality, but the characters, locations and stories are created solely for entertainment purposes. One of the reasons Bolivia was chosen as the background of this game was due to its magnificent landscapes and rich culture. While the game’s premise imagines a different reality than the one that exists in Bolivia today, we do hope that the in-game world comes close to representing the country’s beautiful topography, and that players enjoy exploring the diverse and open landscapes it moved us to create. Any resemblance to actual events or any real persons, living or dead, is purely coincidental.
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