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Just as we get that little bit closer to Ghost Recon: Future Soldier, developer Ubisoft creeps up and snatches it away from us. We'd been promised a "Summer 2011" release, originally, which was pushed back to "Q1" and then "March 2012".
Now though, erase those earlier thoughts and pencil in May 2012. Specifically, for Europe and Australia (where it's just been granted an MA15+ rating), the 24th - and for the U.S., the 22nd.
Adrian Lacey, IP development director at Ubisoft Studios France explains:
Ubisoft prides itself on creating some of the most compelling and innovative experiences in digital entertainment.
Today we are feature complete in our multi-player, single-player and four-player co-op campaign modes. We have made the decision to move the date in order to ensure that all these ingredients are pushed to the highest level and provide a truly unique shooter experience. The Ghost Recon franchise is known for setting the standard of high definition gaming and we believe the extra couple of months will allow us to reach that goal. We would like to thank all Ghost Recon fans for their patience and look forward to unveiling some exciting new elements in the coming weeks.
Also delayed: The multiplayer console beta for the game, which has now been pushed back to April.
...but it's not all bad news. The PC version of Ghost Recon: Future Soldier - once believed to have been axed - has now been reconfirmed, and will launch alongside the PS3 and Xbox 360 in May. Or so we hear, this week.