During the 2016 DICE Summit talk, Ubisoft’s VP of Editorial Tommy Francois revealed that Ghost Recon Wildlands developers trained with “an elite unit” in the Bolivian Army as part of their research for the upcoming title. Since the tactical shooter is based in Bolivia, the company wanted to develop a better understanding of the country and avoid “cultural snafus.” The training lasted a week, and took place in a jungle where the developers experienced, among other things, the burning of cocaine labs to understand the significance of coca leaf in Bolivia. Francois said:
When you create a world, I think it’s actually a trap to only read books. It needs to start with our own immersion. How do we do this? We go smell the grass. We have to get out from behind our computers.
This isn’t the first time Ubisoft has done something similar. The developer did extensive research on Nepal whilst developing Far Cry 4, as part of which the team spent a considerable amount of time in the country going as far as meeting up with ex-child soldiers.
Ghost Recon Wildlands is in development for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC.