Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Future Soldier

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Digital FoundryGhost Recon: Future Soldier vs. Kinect

Ubisoft demonstrates why core shooters don't play nicely with Kinect.

Digital FoundryGhost Recon: Future Soldier Gameplay Performance Video

General gameplay in the Ubisoft shooter analysed with Digital Foundry tools.

Digital FoundryGhost Recon: Future Soldier Cut-Scene Performance Video

The game engine challenged in exact like-for-like rendering tests.

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Ghost Recon: Future Soldier DLC Raven Strike announced

Ghost Recon: Future Soldier DLC Raven Strike announced

I recon it will come out next month.

Ghost Recon: Future Soldier is getting a DLC pack entitled Raven Strike next month, Ubisoft has announced.

It will be out on 11th September on Xbox 360 for 1200 Microsoft Points and the following day on PSN for 11.99.

Described as "a throwback to traditional Ghost Recon gameplay," Raven Strike will feature larger maps, complex missions and an extra level of difficulty.

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Ubisoft's quarterly sales rise 27.2 per cent over last year

Ubisoft's quarterly sales rise 27.2 per cent over last year

Ghost Recon: Future Soldier and Trials Evolution lead sales.

Ubisoft's sales for fiscal 2012 - 2013 - i.e. April to June this year - have increased 27.2 per cent over what they were at that time last year, according to a recent financial report.

The total sales came to €131 million (about 102 million) compared to the €103 (80 million) recorded for the same period of 2011 - 2012.

The publisher singled out Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Future Soldier and Trials Evolution as particularly hot items. The latter set a record for the highest grossing day one sales in XBLA history with over 100,000 units shifted. Between Trials Evolution and a host of free-to-play games, online sales went up 112 per cent to €27 (21) million.

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It's eight weeks since we last featured a boxed home console release as game of the week, and we've only had five of them so far this year. The thin ice that the traditional games business finds itself on has been a regular topic in this column for a while, but it's hard not to return to it in the week that Kingdoms of Amalur was judged a failure for "only" selling 1.2 million copies, and that the founder of a young UK studio told me that everyone thought he was "insanse" for wanting to set up a business making console games.

Ghost Recon: Future Soldier Review

Like it or not, Modern Warfare exerts a powerful gravitational pull on the games within its orbit - and, while the titles under the Tom Clancy brand may have started out as tactical simulations, they're not immune to the inexorable tug of Activision's super-dense star.

A couple of handheld spin-offs aside, the last time Ghost Recon saw the light of day was in 2007's Advanced Warfighter 2, and much has changed since then. All three Modern Warfare games have raised the blockbuster stakes where military bombast is concerned, while two Gears of War sequels have solidified and defined the template for third-person cover-based shooters. The fact Future Soldier takes more than a few cues from these commercial juggernauts is as inevitable as it is disappointing.

This influence manifests across both gameplay and storyline, with the narrative now following the obligatory quartet of wise-cracking soldiers - including such genre staples as Gruff Black Captain and Sarcastic Redneck - as they criss-cross the globe on the trail of yet more stolen nukes. Even as the action hops restlessly from South America to Africa, from Pakistan to the Arctic Circle, it spins a predictable tale, familiar from too many other shooters, culminating in the pursuit of rogue Russian hardliners with their eye on worldwide chaos.

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Ghost Recon: Future Soldier console beta announced

Ghost Recon: Future Soldier console beta announced

Plus, stat-tracking social service Ghost Recon Network.

A multiplayer beta for forthcoming tactical shooter Ghost Recon: Future Soldier runs from 19th April until 2nd May on PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, publisher Ubisoft has announced.

The trial will let up to 12 players choose from three classes - rifleman, engineer or scout - and access two different game modes.

Conflict sees players battling it out to complete various objectives around the game map, while Saboteur asks you to locate a bomb and then detonate it at your opponent's HQ. Both modes are playable on two maps: Pipeline and Mill.

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Ghost Recon: Future Soldier PC release date announced

Ghost Recon: Future Soldier PC release date announced

Plus, system requirements, DRM details revealed.

The PC version of forthcoming tactical shooter Ghost Recon: Future Soldier launches on 15th June, publisher Ubisoft has announced.

It's optimised for DirectX 11, features an online widget for improved multiplayer and party functionality, and boasts fully customisable keyboard controls.

As for DRM, you'll need to log on to the internet for a one-time uPlay product registration when you first boot the game up. No connection is needed thereafter unless you're after online multiplayer.

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Ghost Recon Preview: Rebuilding the Future Soldier

Ghost Recon Preview: Rebuilding the Future Soldier

Ubisoft's tactical shooter takes a turn for the better.

Ghost Recon: Future Soldier ain't quite what it used to be. When it first broke cover - and when we last took a serious look at it - Ubisoft's tactical shooter series had evolved into something far removed from the games of old, having become an action-heavy third-person shooter starring a soldier who was, in Ubisoft's own words, "an F-16 on legs". It had turned into Gears of Recon, and it proved an unpopular shift in direction for a series once known for its tactical smarts.

"We'd just finished Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter 2, but that was just an iteration of the first Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter," creative director Jean-Marc Geffroy says of Future Soldier's first pass. "The team wanted to renew the game - they wanted to stay faithful, but they wanted to renew as well. And sometimes, when you're like that maybe you go too far in one direction."

Remember the over-powered exoskeleton, the class system and the player tethering discussed at the game's reveal? Forget about it - all of it - as today's version of Future Soldier is a world away from the one first shown in 2010.

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Ubisoft confirms Vita launch line-up

Ubisoft confirms Vita launch line-up

Plus, dates for Rayman Origins 3DS and Future Soldier.

Rayman Origins, Lumines, Michael Jackson: The Experience, Asphalt and Dungeon Hunter Alliance will all be available from the Vita's 22nd February launch, publisher Ubisoft has announced.

A new release schedule sent out today includes one other Vita game - an undefined Assassin's Creed title marked for "calendar 2012".

Elsewhere on the publisher's revised slate, the 3DS version of Rayman Origins is down for 16th March, while PC and console versions of Ghost Recon: Future Soldier arrive some time the same month.

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Ghost Recon: Future Soldier release date

Ghost Recon: Future Soldier release date

Ubisoft plots March retail assault.

Tactical shooter Ghost Recon: Future Soldier in the US on 6th March, publisher Ubisoft has announced via Joystiq.

That should give the development team plenty of time to make any tweaks following the title's planned January open beta.

For more on the first home console Ghost Recon outing since 2007's Advanced Warfighter 2, give Eurogamer's Future Soldier preview a once over.

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Ubisoft announces huge EG Expo line-up

Ubisoft announces huge EG Expo line-up

Assassin's! Driver! Ghost Recon! Rayman!

This year's Eurogamer Expo will host a huge showing from developer Ubisoft, with some of the year's biggest titles such as Assassin's Creed: Revelations and Driver: San Francisco available to play on the show floor.

High-tech shooter Ghost Recon: Future Soldier and beautiful platformer Rayman Origins will also be on show.

For racing fans Ubisoft is bringing World Rally, while those who prefer a boogie can try Just Dance Kinect.

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Ghost Recon: Future Solider beta date

Ghost Recon: Future Solider beta date

Ubisoft announces Xbox 360 trial for Jan.

Ubisoft will deploy an open beta for Ghost Recon: Future Soldier in January 2012.

The company revealed news of the multiplayer taster via the game's official Twitter: "We know you have been asking about the beta. We're excited to announce that the MP beta will be launching in January 2012!"

Ubisoft re-confirmed to VG247 that the trial remains exclusive to Xbox 360. Splinter Cell: Conviction owners will get "early exclusive access."

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Today's Top Trailers - Day 3

Today's Top Trailers - Day 3

Our pick of E3's videos, good and bad.

In which, as you'll know if you read yesterday's roundup, Eurogamer's UK team picks their favourite E3 trailers of the last 24 hours. So who are today's winners and losers?

(NB: Anyone sitting at home watching Starhawk videos instead of standing in an L.A. bar having cocktails three feet away from Reggie Fils-Aime already knows the answer to this question.)

Top of the Pops

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Today's Top Trailers - Day 2

Today's Top Trailers - Day 2

The best and worst of E3's videos so far.

It's only day two of E3 and already the internet is awash with trailers. In fact, you'd have a job to watch the whole lot of them before Gamescom kicks off.

So to save you a bit of time, Eurogamer's top analysts (i.e. anyone too pregnant or knowledgeable about how the website actually works to go to E3) have picked the best trailers released in the last 24 hours. And the worst, just for good measure. So what do you reckon to our choices?

Top of the Pops

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All Tom Clancy games to use Kinect

Ghost Recon: Future Solider is the first.

Ubisoft boss Yves Guillemot took the stage at the Microsoft Xbox Media Briefing to announce that all future Tom Clancy titles for Xbox 360 will "leverage" the Kinect controller.

Tom Clancy sale assaults Xbox Live

Plus, Pac-Man going cheap.

Next week sees a host of Tom Clancy-related titles attempt to sneak up on Xbox Live users and pry open their wallets, armed only with a set of price discounts.

Ghost Recon beta won't use code

Ghost Recon beta won't use code

Just need Splinter Cell disc to download.

Splinter Cell: Conviction Xbox 360 owners will be able to download the Ghost Recon: Future Soldier beta without having to input a code.

That's according to a leaflet included with copies of the spy game, which went on sale on Friday (thanks VG247).

"Once the beta is available, you'll be able to download it through the news feed on the main menu of Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Conviction, free of charge and with no codes required," it said.

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At last: an answer to the ancient question of how videogame heroes manage to lug around enough military hardware to turn Stevenage into a smoking hole in the ground without wheezing and having a sit down every ten minutes. This future-soldiers in the new Ghost Recon stride around the world's battlefields wearing exo-skeletons, which enable them to keep running, jumping and pistol-whipping even when burdened with transforming machine guns, shoulder-mounted rocket-launchers and invisibility-generating projectors.

Oscar winners making Ghost Recon film

Ubisoft commissions live action short.

Ubisoft is paying Oscar-winning directors Francois Alaux and Herve de Crecy $10m to make a live action film based on new game Ghost Recon: Future Soldier.

Ubi to make franchise games more often

And they will all have multiplayer.

Ubisoft plans to produce games based on its biggest franchises more often and wants everything to have multiplayer in it, according to CEO Yves Guillemot.