UPDATE 11/04 9.15AM GMT: Ghost Recon Phantoms is out now on Steam and has a fancy new trailer to mark the occasion.
Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Online publisher Ubisoft has explained its decision to launch the long-in-beta shooter via the increasingly-popular Steam Early Access.
Its launch on Valve's digital platform follows a string of Early Access successes, such as Rust and DayZ. Yesterday, Bugbear decided to sell its unfinished Next Car Game via the service.
Ubisoft is the first big third-party publisher to dabble with the platform.
Free-to-play PC shooter Ghost Recon Online has moved into open beta, publisher Ubisoft has quietly announced.
The game is now publicly available to download and play, a message on the Ghost Recon Online blog revealed.
You'll need a free Uplay account to sign up - if you've played a Ubisoft game over the last few years, its likely you'll have a login knocking around.
Not content with Peter Molyneux, Randy Pitchford, Dean Hall and Paul Wedgwood (plus all the others), we're happy to announce today that Ghost Recon Online and ShootMania Storm will also be on next week's Rezzed developer session schedule.
Ubisoft is uncertain on when Ghost Recon Online will launch on Wii U.
The free-to-play PC shooter was confirmed for Nintendo's next console back at E3 2011, alongside fellow Ubisoft titles Assassin's Creed 3 and Killer Freaks From Outer Space (now ZombiU).
But, this year, Ghost Recon Online was notably missing from the publisher's Wii U line-up.
PC versions of Far Cry 3, Ghost Recon Online and Shootmania will all be playable at Rezzed: The PC and Indie Games Show, the organisers have announced. (We're the organisers, incidentally - just trying to sound flash. La di dah.)
Upcoming PC shooter Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Online will help Ubisoft test the waters of free-to-play gaming, the publisher has told Eurogamer.
Once upon a time gaming required a single disc, or cartridge, or, going back further, a cassette tape, and a gamer.
UPDATE: Ubisoft's unverified list of 2012 release dates is "inaccurate", the publisher has told Eurogamer.
Stanislas Mettra, the I Am Alive creative director who made controversial remarks about PC gaming this week, has attempted to retract/explain/downplay his outburst.
Somewhere down the line, Ubisoft transformed Ghost Recon: Future Soldier on PC into the free-to-play game Ghost Recon Online.
The lack of dedicated PC Ghost Recon titles was a result of the sorry state of the retail market for the platform, Ubisoft has explained.
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.