New Ghost Recon Game Leaked
According to a well-known gaming insider, there is a new entry in the Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon franchise being worked on at Ubisoft.
- A new Ghost Recon game from Ubisoft is reportedly in the works, despite the mixed reception of the last game in the franchise, Ghost Recon Breakpoint.
- Gaming insider Tom Henderson has heard positive things about the upcoming Ghost Recon game, as well as other anticipated releases like Assassin's Creed Red and Far Cry 7.
- However, some projects like Skull and Bones and Beyond Good and Evil 2 have been struggling in development, and Henderson suggests that Ubisoft needs to prioritize and avoid overextending their developers.
According to a well-known gaming insider, a new Ghost Recon game from Ubisoft is currently in the works. The Tom Clancy Ghost Recon series is one of Ubisoft’s long-running franchises , having been going for at least two decades. The franchise is a military tactical shooter that places the player in the role of a classified U.S. Army Special Forces member deployed to combat various enemies. While Ghost Recon is a well-known name from Ubisoft, the games have varied in quality.
The most recent game in the franchise, Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Breakpoint , had a very mixed-to-negative reception when it launched in 2019. Critics and fans cited how the ideas implemented were a mishmash of various mechanics seen in other Ubisoft games, which both made the game lack an identity and was underwhelming as a result. Other complaints revolving around the shooter were its microtransaction-heavy model, among other things released before the plug was pulled on Breakpoint 's post-launch support in 2022. Despite this, it appears that Ubisoft is working on another game in the franchise currently, according to gaming insider Tom Henderson.
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According to Henderson, Ubisoft has multiple projects that are currently in the works, which include highly-anticipated releases such as Assassin's Creed Red , a seventh mainline Far Cry game, and Ghost Recon , which is going under the code name of "Project Over." The name is incredibly vague, but according to Henderson, these three games have been positively received internally, and he's heard "great things" about them too.
Other than those three games, he notes that there are some games that have been struggling through development, such as the open-world pirate game Skull and Bones , where Henderson noted that there were some gamers who weren't looking to play them. Not only that, he believes that Beyond Good and Evil 2 is suffering the same fate, and is stretching Ubisoft incredibly thin. Henderson calls them a series of "big rocks" that the company needs to get rid of to avoid overextending their developers.
One of Ghost Recon Breakpoint 's last controversies before its shutdown was the integration of the Ubisoft Quartz NFT service , which was widely derided by many gamers. The initial market for these NFTs was also basically negligible, with players also complaining how no one had noticed they were even used. With a rough reputation and low sales figures for Breakpoint , a new Ghost Recon might be the best course of action to win back gamers. Gamers will need to wait and see until more information regarding this potential new Ghost Recon game is revealed.
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Amid cancellations of multiple games at Ubisoft , it’s suggested that its next Ghost Recon game has been pushed back by a couple more years.
After it began to wind down support for Ghost Recon Breakpoint , Ubisoft assured fans that the series will continue, saying, ‘The feedback you’ve given for Ghost Recon Breakpoint has been instrumental and will help shape the future of the franchise.’
No new Ghost Recon game has been actually announced yet, but it was soon reported that one could launch during Ubisoft’s 2023 fiscal year, meaning it’d be out by the end of this March, at the very latest.
Considering that’s only two months way now, that seems increasingly unlikely and it’s since been claimed that the next Ghost Recon isn’t scheduled until 2025.
This comes courtesy of industry insider Tom Henderson, who was asked if the reports of a 2023 Ghost Recon game were true.
Henderson didn’t provide much detail, simply saying he believes the game is ‘forecasted for 2025 or so.’
Aside from suggesting that the game has been internally delayed, this points to the new Ghost Recon not being one of the games Ubisoft opted to cancel recently.
I don’t think so. I believe it’s forecasted for 2025 or so. — Tom Henderson (@_Tom_Henderson_) January 16, 2023
Considering the only major Ubisoft game guaranteed to launch this year (for now) is Assassin’s Creed Mirage, the company must be willing to take its time with the new Ghost Recon.
Indeed, a report yesterday suggested that the reason for many of the delays was to add additional polish, which was responsible for pushing many games back by one or two years – which may be what has happened with the new Ghost Recon.
Skull And Bones has already been delayed (again) to an unspecified date and Avatar: Frontiers Of Pandora could be pushed back into 2024 .
There were never any details, confirmed or rumoured, about the next Ghost Recon but, given Ubisoft’s track record, we suspected it’d be another online-only title or, at the very least, feature live service elements like Ghost Recon Breakpoint.
However, it sounds like Ubisoft may be revaluating its strategy since it admitted that the games it cancelled were ‘not what gamers wanted’. So, the two-year delay could be due to Ubisoft adopting a new direction for Ghost Recon that players will be more receptive to.
After all, Ghost Recon Breakpoint’s microtransactions were easily one of the worst things about it and by the end of its lifecycle, it had generated controversy with Ubisoft’s integration of NFTs.
Ubisoft had promised to commit to NFTs for future games besides Ghost Recon, but it hasn’t talked about them in months, perhaps suggesting it finally got the hint that most audiences don’t want or care about them.
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New Ghost Recon Game Rumored to Be Coming in 2025
The Ghost Recon series hit a low mark with Breakpoint, the 2019 sequel to Wildlands that added RPG-like item drops for the first time in the series. The addition was controversial among fans, just like the decision to launch the game without the signature AI squadmates.
Shortly after its release, Ubisoft acknowledged the disappointing quality of the game. Over the following months, the developers tried to get Ghost Recon Breakpoint closer to the tactical shooter roots of the franchise with the Immersive Mode and the return of AI squadmates . However, it wasn't enough to salvage the game's reception; that ship, as they say, had already sailed.
Development on Breakpoint was officially ceased in April 2022 as Ubisoft promised the feedback received with this installment would shape the franchise's future. Only three months later, Ubisoft canceled another Ghost Recon game, Frontline, which had been conceived as a Battle Royale-inspired spin-off but received a hugely negative reaction from fans .
What about the next mainline Ghost Recon entry, then? Is it coming soon, as hinted by another April 2022 rumor ? Not according to leaker Tom Henderson, who said today that the current forecast is for a 2025 release. That's a reasonable timeframe if we assume that the team behind Breakpoint would immediately set out to produce the next Ghost Recon after ceasing the support of the 2019 game. Henderson didn't say whether he meant calendar year or fiscal year, though. In the latter case, that would narrow down the release window to March 2025, when Ubisoft's 2024-25 fiscal year will end. Of course, delays are always possible and even likely, as we regularly see in the industry.
If Henderson's sources are correct, the unannounced big triple-A game scheduled by Ubisoft for the fiscal year 2023-24 won't belong to the Ghost Recon franchise. We may find out more about it at E3/Summer Game Fest in the Summer season.
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A new "mainline" Ghost Recon game is reportedly in development
Word of a new game comes 24 hours after Breakpoint's demise was announced
Ubisoft is reportedly working on a new Ghost Recon game in its Paris studio.
According to Kotaku, the next Ghost Recon game is codenamed 'OVER'. It's been in development for more than a year, and could arrive as early as April 2023 with the start of the next financial year, although that could see it arrive any time between next Spring and March 2024. Kotaku also notes that the project appeared in the significant Nvidia leak last year .
Ubisoft Paris, which recently worked on Ghost Recon Breakpoint and Watch Dogs Legion, is said to be leading development on the project, described as "the next mainline entry in the Ghost Recon series."
Kotaku's report offers no further details about the new Ghost Recon game, but says that it was pushed aside during last year's 20th anniversary celebrations in favour of battle royale Ghost Recon Frontline . The last we heard of that game was a delay to its closed beta test , a new window for which is yet to be announced. Kotaku reports that internal playtests have not been positive, and the project may have been quietly reset.
The report comes shortly after the news that development has ended on Ghost Recon Breakpoint , which launched to middling reviews in 2019. Servers for both Breakpoint and 2017's Wildlands will remain online, but Kotaku also states that NFT project Ubisoft Quartz, which was closely linked to Breakpoint, "has gone mostly quiet internally following the initial backlash to its controversial experiment."
If project Over is expected for a 2023, it's possible that we'll get our first look at it this summer during the conference season.
For more upcoming games, check out our list of new games 2022 .
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Ghost Recon Sequel Reportedly in Development
The 17th instalment in the series could be on the way..
A new Ghost Recon game is reportedly in development at Ubisoft.
Sources told Kotaku that "codename OVER" will be the series' latest and could be released in fiscal year 2023, meaning sometime next year.
This is a separate project from Ghost Recon Frontline , a free to play battle royale that saw a delay within a week of being revealed last October.
Kotaku also reported that development on Frontline is expectedly shaky as the project is undergoing a full reset with no launch date anytime soon.
Mumblings of Ghost Recon "OVER" came soon after Ubisoft announced it was ending content support for its previous game, Ghost Recon Breakpoint. The codename Project OVER had also been previously spotted in a GeForce Now leak last year .
Having launched in October 2019, Breakpoint wasn't wonderfully received but had more than two years of continuous support from Ubisoft before its final piece of new content was released last November.
Ubisoft said on Twitter: "The last four months marked the release of our final piece of content: the brand new Operation Motherland mode, tons of new items including 20th-anniversary iconic outfits and Quartz items for Ghost Recon Breakpoint.
"We will continue to maintain servers for both Ghost Recon Wildlands and Ghost Recon Breakpoint and we truly hope you will continue to enjoy the game and have fun playing in solo or co-op with your friends."
In our 6/10 review of the latest Ghost Recon , IGN said: "Breakpoint offers initial fun following Ubisoft's open-world structure as gospel, but a lack of variety and conflicting pieces leave it devoid of personality."
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A New Ghost Recon Game Has Entered Development
This past Wednesday (April 5) marked the end of Ghost Recon Breakpoint updates . A tweet posted on the game's official Twitter account states, "We will continue to maintain our servers for both Ghost Recon Wildlands and Ghost Recon Breakpoint, and we truly hope you will continue to enjoy the game and have fun playing in solo or co-op with your friends." Despite Breakpoint's end, a new Ghost Recon game has entered development.
According to Kotaku , the next bombastic chapter in Tom Clancy's illustrious military universe is codenamed OVER. The title has reportedly been in the works for over a year now and could launch in 2023. As far as the fandom is concerned, this fast turnaround could be a good thing. Recent Ghost Recon experiences haven't found the same success as other Tom Clancy titles like Rainbow Six and The Division. Breakpoint, for instance, might have alienated its players after Ubisoft implemented its NFT-based Quartz beta into the shooter's cosmetic rotation.
The only announced and showcased mainline Ghost Recon game around the corner is Frontline , "a massive first-person PVP shooter with epic 100+ player battles" throughout a sandbox called Drakemoor Island. You can read more about the live-service game here . With XDefiant also on the horizon, it's worth pondering if the live-service model might also be a focus for the mysterious OVER project. Only time will tell.
[Source: Kotaku ]
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