Watch Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Alpha now

The cinematic prequel to Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Future Soldier makes its debut on Ubisoft‘s Uplay service today, and we’ve got a new trailer designed to bring you up to speed.

Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Alpha is a 25-minute short film which follows the Ghosts dropped behind enemy lines, tasked with eliminating one of the world’s Most Wanted criminals.

As you might have suspected, Ghost Recon Alpha is “deeply connected” with the upcoming video game, in a number of ways:

  • Characters: The main four characters in the movie are the same four playable characters in the video game.
     
  • Storyline: The movie takes place immediately before a key turning point in the video game’s storyline, a vicious attack against a major European city.
     
  • Location: the location where the movie takes place will be one of the multiplayer maps available in the adversarial mode of the video game.
     
  • Exclusive unlock: a secret code is also hidden in the movie, enabling access via Ghost Recon Network to an exclusive weapon unlock playable in Ghost Recon Future Soldier.

While it might be short in length, Ghost Recon Alpha has a pretty hefty Hollywood lineup working behind the scenes. There’s Academy Award-winning directos Hervé de Crécy and François Alaux; Pietro Scalia who won Academy Awards for both JFK and Black Hawk Down is doing the editing; Tim Sexton, the Academy Award-nominated writer from Children of Men has penned the story; District 9‘s cinematographer Trent Opaloch; sound effects and sound effects editing by the two-time Academy Award-winning Per Halberg (The Bourne Ultimatum, Braveheart). The costume designer also worked on V for Vendetta, Kick-Ass, X-Men: First Class and Black Hawk Down. And then there’s the Military Weapons Specialist who has worked on Transformers, Thor, Iron Man and Armageddon, brought on-board to make sure everything was “realistic”. (Forgive me if we missed anyone!)

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Ghost Recon Alpha is available right now via Uplay – but if you’d rather watch it on a big screen in the comfort of your lounge room, keep an eye on your local tv guides. Ubisoft has confirmed that an assortment of channels around the world will be showing the film, including Australia’s Channel One, which will screen Ghost Recon Alpha at 23:40 this Friday, May 18th.

…and, after all that, if you still miss it: Ghost Recon Alpha will be included on DVD in the Ghost Recon Future Soldier collector’s edition, complete with additional “making-of” content.

Not long to go now – Ghost Recon: Future Soldier launches on May 24th for PS3 and Xbox 360, with a PC version following on June 14th.

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