Ubisoft has announced that two New York Times bestselling authors have worked on the story for Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Wildlands
. Don Winslow, author of The Cartel
, The Power of the Dog
, and Shane Salerno, a film industry writer currently working with James Cameron on the Avatar
sequels, worked with Ubisoft to create "an authentic drug-cartel narrative" using "their knowledge of the international drug trade and their skills in storytelling".
Ubisoft's Senior Producer, Nouredine Abboud, said:
Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Wildlands presents a first for the series with our massive open world that can be explored freely. With this amount of freedom, we wanted to bring in top talent to create a believable cartel organization and story. As fans of their work, we knew that Don Winslow and Shane Salerno would be the perfect team to help us keep the game rooted in reality while keeping the game’s core entertainment experience.
The press release goes into a few more details on the contributions they've been making to Ghost Recond Wildlands
and how players can expect to see their writing drive the narrative in the upcoming open-world shooter.
Winslow and Salerno worked closely with the narrative team at Ubisoft Paris to help create the narrative of Ghost Recon Wildlands, by expanding on the series’ “what if” scenario that sees a Mexican drug cartel take over near-future in-game Bolivia and turn it into a narco-state. Their previous research and writing experiences across two decades allowed them to help the development team establish a grounded storyline inspired by real life events, a believable criminal organisation for the fictional Santa Blanca Cartel, and assist in creating the in-depth backstories for key in-game characters, including the boss, El Sueño, the heads of operation that players will interact with, and core elements of the special forces “ghosts” that will hunt them down.Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Wildlands
is coming to Playstation 4 on March 7th, 2017.