Ubisoft discusses the future of its forthcoming open world title Ghost Recon: Wildlands, declaring an open beta to be coming sometime during the "next quarter."
Today, during Ubisoft's earnings call for the first half of its fiscal period of 2016-2017 ending on September 30, the publisher and developer mentioned that fans will be able to give Ghost Recon: Wildlands a go before its release date in March of next year. Nevertheless, a specific time frame for a trial wasn't explicitly declared, as Ubisoft's CEO Yves Guillemot said that there will be an open beta for Ghost Recon: Wildlands coming sometime "next quarter."
Taking this into consideration, with the current quarter now being the window of October through December of this year, it's possible that "next quarter" might mean that a Ghost Recon: Wildlands beta could become available sometime at the start of 2017. Of course, it's important to reiterate that Ubisoft hasn't declared a specific date, so it is simply speculation at this point a to when a trial could go live.
When discussing Ghost Recon: Wildlands further, Guillemot went on to say that not only will there be open betas for the title, but also closed ones as well. According to the Ubisoft CEO, the purpose for these types of pre-release testing periods is to give players a good idea of what the game will be about, saying, "It can be a revolutionary game, and to compare with The Division last year, it's in the same trend actually," adding that feedback for the release has been "excellent" so far.
Naturally, after hearing Guillemot compare Ghost Recon: Wildlands with The Division, some gamers might be nervous that the forthcoming title could fall prey to the same issues that the third-person shooter did after its release. As fans may recall, Tom Clancy's The Division showed loads of promise leading up to its availability, but went on to encounter myriad post-launch problems, including, but not limited to glitches, bugs, and exploits.
Of course, with the launch of Ghost Recon: Wildlands being relatively far away, it's quite possible that the game's developers will be able to foresee all of the potential problems during the beta periods for the game and squash them before its launch next year. Not to mention, Ubisoft has more than likely learned from all of the issues that cropped up during the early months of The Division's release, and will surely apply that knowledge moving forward with Ghost Recon: Wildlands.
At any rate, before casting definitive judgment on whether or not Ghost Recon: Wildlands is going to suffer the same buggy fate as The Division, it's important to wait until the title's beta actually comes to pass. Until then, fans can learn more about how Ghost Recon: Wildlands will play by checking out our hands-on preview of the game from E3 2016.
Ghost Recon: Wildlands is scheduled to release on March 7, 2017 for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.