Fans who have been waiting patiently for a new Ghost Recon game probably weren't expecting this: a free to play online entry in the series, exclusively for PC. But that's what Ubisoft is providing this summer.

"Ghost Recon Online takes the best attributes of the Ghost Recon game franchise and brings them online, making the experience of being a Ghost accessible to millions of new players and fans," said Hugues Ricour, senior producer at Ubisoft. "This game was designed from the start to be a free-to-play experience. Our development teams are dedicated to making Ghost Recon Online a truly unique, top-quality online title."

"Unique?" Perhaps not, as there are already plenty of free to play persistent online shooters out there, including Global Agenda and the recently-revamped APB. But Ghost Recon's slower-paced, more tactical gameplay might make it of interest to those gamers craving something a little less twitch-based.

You can sign up for the closed beta and find out more about the game via the official website.

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