Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Future Soldier is coming to the PC after all.
The bad news: Ghost Recon: Future Soldier is not coming out on March 6 as indicated back in October, but will instead hit the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 on May 22 in North America and May 24 in Europe. The good news: Ubisoft has changed its mind – again – and will also release a version of the game for the PC.
For those who’ve forgotten or just didn’t care in the first place, Ubisoft said in November 2011 that it pulled the plug on the PC version of Ghost Recon: Future Soldier because 95 percent of PC gamers would just pirate it anyway. Because of that, Ubi decided to develop and release the free-to-play Ghost Recon Online, a PC-exclusive multiplayer shooter that people can download and play without spending a penny – which is how the mouse-and-keyboard crowd rolls, after all.
What changed? Ubisoft didn’t say, nor did it reveal, to answer the inevitable question, what sort of DRM scheme the game will employ. Ghost Recon: Future Soldier is “content complete [and] pretty much there,” according to IP Development Director Adrian Lacey, but Ubisoft wants a couple more months to polish it to perfection before letting it go. An announcement about a public multiplayer beta for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 versions will be made in April, but no word on pre-release public exposure for the PC version was given.
There’s also no word on when it will actually arrive, either, as Ubisoft said only that the PC edition of Ghost Recon: Future Soldier will ship “at a later date.” Ghost Recon Online, meanwhile, is still in the works and is expected to launch later this year. Best of both worlds, you might say.