After spending what seems like forever in development, and even undergoing a pretty substantial overhaul, Ghost Recon: Future Soldier has finally received a release date, and it’s much closer than you think — unless you were thinking this fall. Releasing early next year, March 6th to be exact, Ghost Recon: FS will finally deliver the team-based tactical experience gamers have come to love from the series.

It’s been a long time coming for Future Solider, after being first teased way back in early 2010. Concerns had arose early on about the direction of the title, but re-focusing supposedly will make this faux Ghost Recon reboot feel very familiar.

But this time, taking full advantage of the “Future Solider” moniker, developer Ubisoft gives players access to a wealth of technological advantages with which to dispatch foes quicker and with less noise. Among those advantages is the ability to simply go invisible, allowing for up-close-and-personal assassinations of a new breed.

Probably the most exciting, or at least the most original, element in Future Soldier is the game’s implementation of Kinect. Using a gesture-based gun range, Ghost Recon takes customizing your weapon to a new level. Ubisoft gave a brief demo of the mode during Microsoft’s E3 Press Conference and we have to say it was impressive.

On top of that awesome Kinect functionality is the promise of a multiplayer beta for the game, which should be rolling out some time in January. Ghost Recon isn’t known for its competitive multiplayer necessarily, but Ubisoft wants to give gamers a chance to check it out before purchasing the game.

Pre-orders are now being accepted by all major retailers (with the March 6th date now noted) so, if you haven’t already, you can make your purchase with the assurance the game is releasing. And if you feel inclined to get your Ghost Recon fix much sooner, you can always partake in Ghost Recon Online, the free multiplayer experience that should be launching before year’s end.

Are you finally ready to get your hands on Ghost Recon: Future Soldier? Do you think the protracted development cycle has hurt the game’s chances of selling well?

Ghost Recon: Future Soldier releases March 6, 2011 for the PS3, Xbox 360, and PC.

Source: Joystiq