Ghost Recon Wildlands’ Sandbox Action Due March 2017

Ghost Recon: Wildlands [official site] will bring another open murderworld to us on March 7th, 2017, Ubisoft have announced during their big E3 shindig. They also released a new gameplay trailer with nine minutes of armymen romping around a foreign country, infiltrating a cartel compound to extract a chap with a knack for making bodies vanish. Don’t worry, the four-man co-op squad and their awkward banter manage to squeeze in a helicopter chase and a few explosions. Watch:

Wildlands sees Ghost Recon romping around Bolivia to take down a Mexican cartel who’ve moved in to do naughty things with naughty drugs. Across an open world, Ghost Recon get to take down targets any way they please, from sneakily to explosively. Supposedly it’ll have a faction system to win people over and play them against each other, though it’s not clear how significant that is. And, obvs, it’s got co-op as well as singleplayer. March 7th, y’all.

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  1. ReV_VAdAUL says:

    I’ve got to say this game makes me uncomfortable. I really don’t like the idea of playing as a US death squad going around a named Latin American country killing targets without the consent of the Bolivian government.

    It just mixes together so many bullshit themes, the war on drugs, America “intervening” in a country because they’ve decided it has been naughty and the idea drug cartels can be beaten with violence when Mexico shows how badly that idea backfires. Plus actually naming the country as Bolivia means it all has some worrying propaganda overtones.

    • Phidelt230 says:

      This game is somewhere between Conservative Power Fantasy and fascism masturbation material

    • khaoselement says:

      I…I…you know it’s a game, right? Have you played it? I didn’t know it was out. How do you know that’s even a semi-accurate statement? Maybe in the game world Bolivia was on their knees BEGGING us to send some super elite death squadron.

      Seems like a silly reason to condemn a game. I mean, if you’re that effected by the story lines of games, how do you even play them anymore? Heck, even Mario is genocidal when you look at it right.

      Perhaps some Peggle is more up your alley. But that is racist against colored bricks so…

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        Maltose says:

        The isse i think, isn’t just this game. It’s the whole culture of American exceptionalism and how it’s expressed in the media and our foreign policy. There is no way we would tolerate foreign countries doing to us what we do to foreign countries (support anti-government rebels, drone strike “enemy combatants” regardless of collateral damage, etc.)

        Politics aside, sending a 4-man American death squad into Colombia just seems unrealistic. What exactly is the Colombian government doing while these Americans are blowing up their towns? There are a lot more realistic scenarios, like having an American “adviser” leading/training a team of Bolivian narcs with the cooperation of the Bolivian government.

      • GWOP says:

        “I… I… you know it’s a game, right?”

        You.. you.. you know there’s a thing called context, right?

    • Eightball says:

      Think of the children narcotraficantes!

      • cutechao999 says:

        Some people seem worryingly defensive of brutal mexican drug cartels. Very pro-“chainsaw decapitation of anyone who dares stand against them”.

    • cutechao999 says:

      I think you are all overreacting just a bit, this kinda stuff is nothing new, Tom Clancy and his literal ghost-writers have been writing Military Fiction, secret government black-ops department of the month stories for literal years. This stuff may happen with the DEA on a much less theatrical and dramatic scale, but if you have a problem with it Here though, its a fictional concept presented as a game. Did people get this worked up over the COD modern warfare games? When Mercenaries 2 blew up Venezuala? Over SOCCOM? This game seems like a straw man for people to criticize American foreign policies in this comment section. In my opinion, stuff it and save that stuff for /r/politics. Criticize and be disturbed instead that this is how Ubisoft still thinks people playing co-op online talk.

  2. Distec says:

    Tom Clancy is problematic because Tom Clancy. Harumph.

    • LW says:

      Dude’s been dead for like three years now, so the franchise is a bit past getting input from him. Mil-fantasy powers itself, anyway, whatever the label.

  3. USER47 says:

    That super serious artificial coop chatter was beyond cringe worthy.

    • Slazia says:

      I would have been much better just to get a group of randoms together calling each other names when they make mistakes.

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    Maltose says:

    Yay, three white males and one token colored! I prefer the jackboots stomping on the face of humanity to be worn by a group with diverse races, ethnicities and genders.

    • Kaltenbach says:

      Yeah, but they’re sexy jackboots so I’ll let it slide.

    • Press X to Gary Busey says:

      Don’t forget the Sexuals! A good humanity stomp has to have an objectophiliac with a taste for triumphal archs at least.

      We also need a couple of fashionistas to make sure the dressing is diverse and the uniforms not to normative.

    • cutechao999 says:

      I take it that Mexican Drug Cartels are the very embodiment of humanity then

  5. TheSplund says:

    I hope the 3rd person isn’t as borked as The Division. GRAW 1 & 2 were fine shooters, but GRFS started to feel very consoley (but was playable). The way things are going we PC gamers seem to be suffering from the increased crossover from consoles (sure there are PC-only 3rd person shooters) – so glad that Rainbow Six actually went the ‘other way’. Still, I’ll be looking out for this one but I have a sneaking suspicion that it might suck.

    • cutechao999 says:

      This is worryingly like The Division, and we all saw how that went and quickly faded away.