Ubisoft is jumping into the free-to-play fray with Ghost Recon Online, a new multiplayer shooter set to go live next year.
Does the world need another online military shooter? Probably not, but here comes Ubisoft anyway with Ghost Recon Online, a "multiplayer, third-person, cover-based tactical shooter" that will make use of the increasingly popular free-to-play model. The game will be downloadable and playable at no cost, but will also offer premium items for sale to players who want to maximize and "fully personalize their experience."
Ghost Recon Online will offer three different classes of soldier with customizable weapon loadouts and feature regular events, content updates based on community feedback, live support and more. Ubisoft Senior Producer Hugues Ricour said the game was designed from the beginning as a free-to-play release that would rival the quality of traditional retail releases. "Ghost Recon Online takes the best attributes of the Ghost Recon game franchise and brings them online, making the experience of being a Ghost accessible to millions of new players and fans," he said.
A closed beta is scheduled to begin this summer, so head over to ghostrecononline.com to sign up for a key and eyeball some screenshots. The full release of Ghost Recon Online is currently slated for early 2012, exclusively for the PC.