Ghost Recon: Future Soldier Will Rival the Shooter Heavyweights, but is Getting Far Out of the WayS

Who wants a Modern Warfare killer? Ubisoft does. (And so do most other publishers aside from Atlus, but that's not the point.)

The head of Ubisoft, Yves Guillemot, said today that the company's Ghost Recon: Future Soldier, long in development and showed in controlled demos at last year's E3, won't be released until the first three months of 2012.

The Ubi CEO promised that the game will include top-flight single-player, co-op and competitive multiplayer modes that will "take Ghost Recon to the level of the biggest players out there." But, he said, the game won't come out until early 2012 in order to avoid the "crowded Christmas line-up."

Future Soldier has been shown off as a cutting-edge, graphically impressive third-person shooter. It appears to be less tactically-oriented than earlier Ghost Recon games and more of an aggressive shooter, in the vein of third-person Gears of War and first-person Modern Warfare games, presumably the sort of "biggest players out there" the Ubi boss was referring to. Modern Warfare 3, Gears of War 3 and Battlefield 3 are all expected for later this year, crowding Ghost Recon out to 2012.