|Ubisoft Delays Ghost Recon: Future Soldier, Now Coming In Early 2011
Even though Ubisoft hadn't announced a proper release date for Ghost Recon: Future Soldier, the publisher has already announced a small delay for their latest bout with interactive warfare. Ghost Recon: Future Soldier is no longer scheduled to be released by Christmas. It's now hitting in 2011.
Ubisoft revealed the news during a conference call today disclosing their fiscal year results.
According to Ubisoft, Ghost Recon: Future Foldier was originally set to arrive by Christmas, but Ubisoft has moved the game into early 2011. The game will now released between January and March 31, 2011.
The company cited a "very competitive environment," which echos similar business reasoning used by several publishers when deciding to avoid releasing against Activision's Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2in 2009. Call of Duty: Black Ops, in development at Treyarch, was recently announced for November.
Ubisoft will be showing much more of Ghost Recon: Future Soldier next month at E3.
According to joystiq.com:
"It'll be a Holiday 2010 present, depending on how heavily you drop those hints and how desirable you find Ghost Recon: Future Soldier's "cutting-edge technology, prototype high-tech weaponry, and state-of-the-art single-player and multiplayer modes." Developed by the GRAW veterans at Ubisoft Paris, Future Soldier promises to "go beyond the core Ghost Recon franchise and deliver a fresh gameplay experience, with an unparalleled level of quality that will excite long-time fans and newcomers alike." Yes, this is definitely from a press release.
A multiplayer beta is scheduled to start in Summer 2010, with invitations tied to another of Ubisoft's freshened franchises, Splinter Cell: Conviction (which is but a stone's throw away from release). The offer is currently extended only to the Xbox 360 version of Conviction -- and aside from Microsoft's system, no platforms have been explicitly mentioned in Future Soldier's announcement. He's from the future, so Facebook is a likely candidate.
Update: According to one of Ubisoft's Twitter accounts, the "same experience, same development team and same release date" will be coming to PlayStation 3. Ubisoft's Kimi Matsuzaki also noted that PC details would come "later."