I am sure that most people have heard about Tom Clancy and his ever so popular franchise of espionage related games. The most popular of these would be his critically acclaimed Splinter Cell game series which actually also has books to go along with the games. However, Clancy does have another game title that is very well known throughout the tactical shooter community, Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter.
Long before Infinity Ward discovered that war games based in the 20th century were beginning to become overplayed, Ubisoft was busy creating the GRAW series. These games featured weapons used in high tech operations of the United States Special Forces. This game had weapons such as the SAW long before Call of Duty (which I love by the way and play everyday).
GRAW is a hardcore-shooter game for players that enjoy a more tactical style game play. GRAW focuses more on the team effort rather than the individual player aspect of MMO’s like COD. Players did not have life that regenerated and could only take an couple of bullets before dying. Therefore, to achieve a common goal, players where forced to work in accordance with one another, an experience I greatly enjoyed. However, GRAW became outdated with COD’s amazing graphics and stunning new weapons. I started gleaming with happiness when I heard about Ghost Recon: Future Soldier.
This game will feature a whole set of new state of the art high tech weapons. Still only used as prototypes in the United States Special Forces. I haven’t learned much since Ubisoft only announced it in December but from the trailer something really called out to me, I saw a guy coming out of what seems to be a sort of invisibility cloak which is the first time I have ever see that sort of technology in any games.
Or, it’ll be a Holiday 2010 present, depending on how heavily you drop those hints and how desirable you find Ghost Recon: Future Soldier‘s “cutting-edge technology, prototype high-tech weaponry, and state-of-the-art single-player and multiplayer modes.” Developed by the GRAW veterans at Ubisoft Paris, Future Soldier promises to “go beyond the core Ghost Recon franchise and deliver a fresh gameplay experience, with an unparalleled level of quality that will excite long-time fans and newcomers alike.” Yes, this is definitely from a press release.
A multiplayer beta is scheduled to start in Summer 2010, with invitations tied to another of Ubisoft’s freshened franchises, Splinter Cell: Conviction (which is but a stone’s throw away from release). The offer is currently extended only to the Xbox 360 version of Conviction — and aside from Microsoft’s system, no platforms have been explicitly mentioned in Future Soldier‘s announcement. He’s from the future, so Facebook is a likely candidate.
Update: According to one of Ubisoft’s Twitter accounts, the “same experience, same development team and same release date” will be coming to PlayStation 3. Ubisoft’s Kimi Matsuzaki also noted that PC details would come “later.” – Compliments of Joystiq.com
Hopefully, this games brings back more of the hardcore tactical online shooter experience i have missed and I know that when it comes out I am definitely getting it. If your fan of the other Tom Clancy games, GRAW in particular, I think this is a game you should really track it.