Ghost Recon Wildlands closed beta begins next week, prepare with a new trailer

Good news for fans of simulating the business end of the interminable war on drugs: Ubisoft has announced that the Ghost Recon Wildlands closed beta will begin on February 3. Players will have a full weekend to travel to the (digital) province of Itacua, solo or in squads of up to four, doing battle with the vicious Santa Blanca cartel.

The announcement came alongside a new trailer showcasing the game's customization options for both players and weapons. Before the action begins, you can select gender, ethnicity, hairstyle, tattoos, and apparently even an eye patch if the piratical look is your thing. Loadouts can be customized on the fly, and the Ghosts will level up with skill points, which enable players to specialize their characters—not in "classes," exactly, but more in the sense of "play styles that suit the way you want to play." 

Beta preloading will begin on February 1, which means you'll be able to start shooting the fictional South American countryside up as soon as the flag drops. It is a closed beta, so signing up doesn't guarantee you'll get in, but not signing up guarantees that you won't. If you find that argument compelling, you can put your name in the hat at

Andy Chalk

Andy has been gaming on PCs from the very beginning, starting as a youngster with text adventures and primitive action games on a cassette-based TRS80. From there he graduated to the glory days of Sierra Online adventures and Microprose sims, ran a local BBS, learned how to build PCs, and developed a longstanding love of RPGs, immersive sims, and shooters. He began writing videogame news in 2007 for The Escapist and somehow managed to avoid getting fired until 2014, when he joined the storied ranks of PC Gamer. He covers all aspects of the industry, from new game announcements and patch notes to legal disputes, Twitch beefs, esports, and Henry Cavill. Lots of Henry Cavill.