Ubisoft announces Ghost Recon Online

Tactical shooter goes free-to-play.

Ubisoft has taken the wraps off Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Online, a PC MMO take on its long-running tactical shooter franchise.

Developed by Ubisoft Singapore, it will be free-to-play with premium items available for purchase.

Gameplay details are thin on the ground right now, but it seems you'll be able to choose between three different classes of soldier, each of which will be fully customisable. Regular events and content updates are promised, as well as a "rich lobby platform" for hosting social and persistent progression features.

"The online market is an exciting new frontier for video games and for gamers," commented Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot.

"With Ghost Recon Online, and other major upcoming projects, Ubisoft is creating online experiences that allow our fans to stay connected to their favorite brands and to continually receive new content and gameplay. This direct link with our fans will allow us to create new and ever better experiences for them."

No launch date has yet been announced but a closed beta is expected to go live in the Summer. You can register for that now at the game's official site.

The more traditional Ghost Recon: Future Soldier is also still in the works, currently scheduled for a multiplatform release in early 2012.

Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Online trailer

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