Plus, find out how the development team captured the diversity of Bolivia
Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Wildlands is the first military shooter set in a massive and responsive open world. In our new “We are Ghosts” trailer premiering we get a peek into our largest action-adventure open world. From the infamous Death Road to the iconic salt flat, you will journey through the gritty, expansive and vibrant backdrop of Bolivia as you fight to take down the Santa Blanca cartel.
Authenticity is an important component of Ghost Recon Wildlands that not only extends to the Ghost’s and their gear, but also to the world. Because of where it’s situated in South America, Bolivia offers a combination of extreme climates and topography that you simply won’t find in a lot of other places, which is part of what makes it an ideal setting for our game, but also a challenging one to build.
For the team to truly understand Bolivia’s ecological diversity and faithfully recreate it for Wildlands, it was important for us to experience it in person, so we took a trip.
Our goal was to ensure the world we built captured the essence of Bolivia and we returned to the studio with a better understanding of Bolivia’s environmental extremes and how people endure them. At 2.5 miles high on the Altiplano, the sun can burn the front of your body while the cold freezes your back. Meanwhile, down in the jungle, you have to contest with the crushing humidity and a constant barrage of mosquitos. Bolivian winters can be just as intense. Freezing temperatures and fog are your primary concerns.
It’s an unquestionably harsh place, but also a very beautiful one. Our team took hundreds of photos and recorded as much video as possible to capture a variety of landscapes, such as Laguna Colorada, a “cementerio de trenes” (train graveyard), and the famous Salar de Uyuni, the world’s largest salt flat – just to name a few.
The new “We Are Ghosts” trailer will give you a small taste of how we’ve recreated some of these specific places in Ghost Recon Wildlands, but we put a lot of effort into making sure that every in-game location provided different opportunities for gamers to use the environment in their strategies. These diverse environments in our living, reactive open-world environment mean each individual choice you make has far reaching consequences.
Stay tuned for more on Ghost Recon at E3!