The Tom Clancy subgenre has rightfully prided itself on its military realism. With the Ghost Recon series, players got an unbeatable Special Ops team experience, consistently bolstered by the not-too-distant future technology available in the games. Ghost Recon: Advanced Warfighter in 2006 was hailed as the opening salvo in the next generation of gaming, with its immersive squad-based gameplay and eye-popping tech. Then in 2007, Infinity Ward’s behemoth that is Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare (followed in 2009 by its even more successful sequel Modern Warfare 2) arrived to usurp Ghost Recon‘s throne. Now, Ubisoft is returning to the Ghost Recon franchise to reclaim what they view as their rightful place in gaming.
Ghost Recon: Future Soldier departs from the series’ tradition of using technology that had been clearly developed but wasn’t quite available yet. Future Soldier takes place not merely a few years but ten to fifteen years in the future, and it shows in the game and the tech. Ubisoft is certainly relying on all its pull with the military to get the rights for the tech seen in Future Soldier. The Modern Warfare titles utilized UAVs, AC-130 gunplay and guiding missiles to targets. Future Soldier, meanwhile, utilizes combat support drones, miniaturized rocket launchers, powered exoskeletons and the revered optical camouflage, a much-hyped gadget which effectively lets player become invisible.
With this reliance on future technology and squad-based gameplay, Future Soldier certainly requires a different style than the typical shooter. Running and gunning has never been Ghost Recon‘s style, instead utilizing the careful planning and tactical precision required by true Special Forces operators against difficult odds. At the game’s E3 presentation Ubisoft has been clearly emphasizing both the advanced technology in the game and as its tactical basis, emphasizing the need for coordination and support required by Future Soldier.
With upcoming shooters like Medal of Honor: Tier One and Call of Duty: Black Ops highlighting the Special Forces community more than ever before, Future Soldier hopes to stand out from the crowd (not an easy feat with shooters) with its jaw-dropping technology and advanced tactical gameplay. For more information, visit Ubisoft’s Ghost Recon website at www.ghostrecon.com