Ghost Recon Wildlands invites open world chaos

It’s the home stretch, folks. Ghost Recon: Wildlands is little more than a week away from launch. After a long wait, soon you and your buddies will be able to stage your epic takedown of a Bolivian drug cartel.

As we speak, there's still time to to play the game right now and here's how to join the Ghost Recon: Wildlands open beta on PS4, Xbox One and PC. And if you want another sneak peak at the game, read on to find out all the details we've got ahead of its March 7th release.

Ghost Recon Wildlands release date

After a bit of a hiatus, Ghost Recon will be back in business in early 2017. Wildlands is set for worldwide release on March 7. It’ll be out for PS4 and Xbox One, as well as on PC.

Ghost Recon Wildlands open beta runs February 23-27

In case you didn’t get a chance to cause chaos with you buddies during the closed beta, there’s still a way to test out what Ubisoft is working on. The Ghost Recon: Wildlands open beta will begin February 23 at 6 am EST / 11 am GMT. If you want in, RSVP on Ubisoft’s official Ghost Recon: Wildlands website. You can play until February 27.

Ghost Recon Wildlands trailer

The first trailer debuted at E3 2015, but it wasn't until this spring that we started getting a really good sense of what Wildlands would be all about. The We Are Ghosts trailer dropped before the annual video game conference, and since E3 we've been seeing more and more clips from the Ubisoft team showing the different facets of this upcoming title.

Ghost Recon Wildlands gameplay offers options, from stealth to mayhem

GamesRadar+ got a chance to play several missions of Ghost Recon Wildlands. The experience highlighted the type of team cooperation that you’ll need to get the most out of the game. TL;DR - Be ready to get very, very vocal.

Your squad’s mission is to take down the Santa Barbara cartel, which is running this fictionalized South American country with a tight fist and an itchy trigger finger. As you might assume, dismantling this well-entrenched cartel will take a lot of time and different types of missions. There are enemy outposts that need liberation, key targets to assassinate or interrogate, and plenty of other ways to interrupt the group’s nefarious doings.

Player choice has become a hallmark of open-world games these days, and Wildlands is no exception. For example, you'll be able to side with local rebels to help out in battles against more powerful factions within the Santa Blanca cartel. Or you can try and instigate in-fighting within the cartel itself, by manipulating information. Or you can create distractions in one place to help you sneak in and complete primary objectives with greater ease. These choices will have an impact on the region and its social orders, so think carefully about when you want to play it stealthy and when to run in guns blazing.

Ghost Recon Wildlands multiplayer: Play with people. Or don't!

Ubisoft has long been exploring the idea of players dropping in and out of each other’s games, and that’s carrying through into Ghost Recon Wildlands. The entire campaign can be done as a co-op experience with two to four players. (If you opt to play solo, your teammates will be AI-controlled minions that you can order around).

After the game’s E3 presentation showed off the potential for making mayhem with your friends, Ubisoft’s latest video release is a 20 minute clip of solo play. There’s a command wheel for giving direct orders to your AI squad members so they don’t accidentally blow your stealthy approach or wander directly into enemy sights. Lead game designer Dominic Butler explains that the AI characters will also adapt their responses to your own style of play. The video also shows off some of the many options Ghost Recon promises for customization and the game’s lush jungle setting.

The multiplayer approach seems most likely to deliver on memorable moments. GamesRadar’s Leon Hurley got a chance to play several missions during E3 2016, and found himself occasionally yelling at his colleagues when the carefully laid plans went pear-shaped.

Ghost Recon Wildlands map brings players to Bolivia

This installment brings the crime-fighting adventures to South America. The varied landscape of Bolivia will be the backdrop for Wildlands. There will be hundreds of villages, local landmarks, and points of interest to explore (and to shoot up).

There’s a day/night cycle and a full weather system, which likely will have an impact on how your squad chooses to tackle each mission. The natural landscapes of the country mean many different looks to the environment. Ubisoft is promising everything from highlands and salt flats to jungles and canyons. In terms of locations, it looks like this game is keeping things fresh.

We also did a little calculating and guesstimation to figure out just how massive this take on Bolivia is. Spoiler: it looks really, really big.

Ghost Recon Wildlands’ characters and customization options make things personal

The most recent updates from Ubisoft have been all about customizing your Ghosts. Appearances can be altered to include beards or bandanas. Just about every detail of your appearance and gear can be tweaked, so you can role-play yourself or create the alter ego of your dreams. And of course, weapon loadouts can also be carefully curated to your taste.

Ubisoft also released introductions to the base characters that you can work with in your squad when opting to play solo. Nice to meet your minions in advance.