Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Wildlands, the latest entry in the tactical shooter series, isn’t set for release until March. However, a beta programme for the multiplayer game will give select players an early taste – if you’re lucky.
Wildlands, which sees a US special forces squad known as The Ghosts combatting the Santa Blanca drug cartel in Bolivia, was revealed at E3 2015. It is the first entry in the series to be set in an open world environment, with a host of vehicles and contemporary military equipment to get to grips with. The beta will be a good – and for many, necessary – look at how the game marries team-based multiplayer in an open environment.
First of all, you’ll need to sign up here, and there may be an age gate, depending on your previous interactions with Ubisoft sites.
Log in with your Ubisoft account – if you’ve played the likes of The Division, Watch Dogs 2 or any recent Assassin’s Creed, you’ll almost certainly already have one. If not, you can create a new account by linking up your PSN, Xbox Live, or Facebook account.
Once in, choose which platform you want to play the beta on: Xbox One, PS4, or PC. You’ll also need to make sure your account is linked to a current email address – beta access will be provided through a digital download code, so you need to make sure you can receive it.
You’ll then see a message: “We will contact you via email if you are selected for our future beta phases”.
Ubisoft hasn’t actually confirmed when the beta will go live, but expect it relatively soon. Even if it ends up being only a single weekend, the live play time will serve as not only a server stress test for when retail customers are playing, but will give the development team mountains of data on what works and what doesn’t in the game’s mechanics.
The team will then need time to create and apply any modifications that may be necessary before the game’s March launch.