most fans of Ghost Recon are no doubt aware, Red Storm
Entertainment (RSE) is credited with starting the Tactical
First Person Shooter (TFPS) genre with the wildly successful
game Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six (R6). R6 spawned a host
of clones as everybody tried to get a piece of the action.
The 2001 release of Ghost Recon marked RSE's first entry
into the off-shoot genre of military-themed TFPS games.
Ghost Recon has won numerous
awards and firmly cemented RSE's position in the
market. But what about life after Ghost Recon? Will
there be a sequel? Rumors abound, but what is the truth?
Our master sleuth, zjj, takes a look around to see if
the truth is truly out there....
What's Ubi say?
Although nothing has been confirmed by Ubisoft, there are several official documents that suggest Ghost Recon 2 (GR2) is on the horizon. In June 2002, Ubi's annual report for 2001/2002 states "Ubi Soft is already well-positioned for the 2003/2004 financial year: several major titles are scheduled or in preparation, such as: Project BG&E; Princia of Persia; Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon 2; Crouching Tiger,...." Later that month, on June 26, , Ubi Soft's financial presentation stated that GR2 is in a "now favorable position". By December of 2002, their half-year report for 2002-2003 continues to say that GR2 has a "strong potential for the future".
How about the media?
The November 2002 issue of Computer Games magazine has a small article that says GR2 will be seen "in the next year or so." The February 2003 issue of PC Gamer had this to say, "Ghost Recon 2 is in early development with a plan to take the franchise into a "specific direction." But with no doc yet written, that direction could change at any moment, and we don't expect a word of where it's heading until around E3 time." Unfortunately, Ghost Recon 2 will not be featured at the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) in Los Angeles in May, but that doesn't mean plans for Ghost Recon 2 are not in the works. Artist Eric Terry, of Red Storm Entertainment, has listed in his resume that his "lead project" is Ghost Recon 2.
What's in a name?
There have been a lot of rumors that Ubi
Soft has seized all the Ghost Recon 2 domain names. This rumor
could not be verified. Some potential domain names could be
GhostRecon2.xxx, Ghost-Recon2.xxx, or even GR2.xxx (the .xxx
could stand for .com, .net, .biz, .org, or .info). Of those
15 posible domain names, none of them are registered to Ubi
Soft or Red Storm Entertainment. (GhostRecon.com is registered
to RSE.) All five GR2.xxx domain names were taken, but none
of them received any notification from Ubisoft to turn over
the domain name. Of the five possible versions of Ghost-Recon2.xxx,
only Ghost-Recon2.com was taken. Again, a notification was
not received from Ubisoft to turn over the domain name. That
leaves GhostRecon2.xxx. Two versions are currently taken,
.net and .com. Both owners were served documents requesting
them to release the domain names., but at this time, the registrations
for both sites still remain with their current owners.
The Way Ahead
This is only the beginning. Stay tuned as
zjj provides more insight about GR2 and GR.net continues to
bring you all the latest Ghost Recon news.