SAN FRANCISCO--(EON: Enhanced Online News)--Today, Ubisoft announced a collaboration with Amazon and Twitch to create a 30-minute, original, live-action promotional video set in the world of the upcoming open world action-adventure game, Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Wildlands. Scheduled to premiere on February 16, 2017, War Within The Cartel will spotlight the Santa Blanca cartel, a ruthless group that has turned Bolivia into a narco-state. War Within The Cartel will be streamed on Ubisoft’s Twitch channel (www.twitch.tv/Ubisoft) and will be immediately available on demand via Amazon Prime Video following the premiere.
“Drug cartels have become an incredibly hot topic in both real-world news and pop culture entertainment. We pride ourselves in making sure that the characters, action and environment of War Within The Cartel looks and feels like something ripped right from the headlines”
War Within the Cartel takes viewers inside the inner workings of the Santa Blanca drug cartel, controlled by the revered yet ruthless leader, El Sueño. In the aftermath of an attack on their compound, the organization's senior leadership (Head of Security - El Muro, Head of Production - El Yayo, Head of Operations - Nidia Flores and Head of Influence - El Cardenal) seeks out a traitor within their midst to exact deadly retribution. The action packed story culminates in the events leading up to the beginning of the game as an elite Special Forces unit, the Ghosts, is called in to dismantle the cartel. War Within The Cartel is produced by Los Angeles-based digital studio, Legion of Creatives, and features Grammy winner, entrepreneur, actor and hip hop legend, Tip “T.I.” Harris playing the role of Marcus, one of the members of the Santa Blanca cartel.
“Ubisoft is committed to providing top-tier entertainment across the board, in games, movies and other media,” said Tony Key, senior vice president of sales and marketing, Ubisoft. “War Within The Cartel adds even more depth to the already expansive world of Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Wildlands and we are very excited to be working with Amazon, Twitch and Legion of Creatives on this project.”
In order to ensure that War Within The Cartel conveys an exceptional degree of realism, Legion of Creatives brought multiple experts to the table, including military specialists and aviation experts.
“Drug cartels have become an incredibly hot topic in both real-world news and pop culture entertainment. We pride ourselves in making sure that the characters, action and environment of War Within The Cartel looks and feels like something ripped right from the headlines,” said Executive Producer Roberto Orci.
War Within The Cartel is directed by Avi Youbian (The Walking Dead, Tainted Love) from a script by Evan Greene, Noam Dromi (Dolphin Tale) and Ryan Landels (Jem and the Holograms). The project is produced by Steve Ecclesine, Avi Youabian. Ryan Landels, and Alex Barkaloff. Executive Producers are Roberto Orci (Star Trek, Transformers and The Amazing Spiderman), Orlando Jones (Madiba, American Gods), Noam Dromi and Jay Williams.
Ubisoft also announced its collaboration with famed illustrator and designer, Ken Taylor to curate the artistic voice of War Within The Cartel. Taylor’s artwork will be featured on the Steelbook for the Amazon-exclusive* Ghost Recon Wildlands: War Within The Cartel bundle. The bundle also includes the Gold Edition version with Season Pass subscription and a 10.5” recreation of the in-game Santa Muerte figurine.
To prepare for the premiere of War within the Cartel, fans can register at GhostRecon.com/Beta for a chance to play the Beta for Ghost Recon Wildlands and see what it truly takes to become a Ghost.
Developed by Ubisoft Paris,** Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Wildlands will be available March 7, 2017 for Xbox One, PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system and Windows PC.
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**In collaboration with Ubisoft Annecy, Ubisoft Bucharest, Ubisoft Montpellier, Ubisoft Milan and Ubisoft Reflections.
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About Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Wildlands
Launched in 2001 with critical acclaim from fans of the Tom Clancy’s world, the Ghost Recon franchise has since convinced 25 million players thanks to breakthrough releases and has become the best-selling Tom Clancy’s brand on the last generation of consoles and PC. Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Wildlands brings the franchise to the next level with an episode designed from the ground up for a new generation, featuring a massive and visually stunning open world, playable for the first time online in four-player co-op.
About Legion of Creatives
Legion of Creatives (LOC) is an immersive content studio working with the world’s leading storytellers. Recognized as a market leader in multi-platform narrative programming, LOC's principals won the first ever Primetime Creative Arts Emmy award for virtual reality storytelling in 2015. The company has brought together some of the best writers, producers, creators and consumer brands in entertainment to launch a global media business that will create, own and distribute premium programming tailor made for today’s digital and mobile natives. LOC's business and production model disrupts traditional media’s current approach to producing and distributing alternative content formats through the use of proprietary technology, digital strategy and integrated marketing expertise. Legion of Creatives was founded by former Walt Disney Company Executive and President of K.O. Paper Products, Jay Williams; and Digital Guru/Writer/Producer Noam Dromi.
Twitch is the world’s leading social video platform and community for gamers. Each month, more than 100 million community members gather to watch and talk about video games with more than 2 million broadcasters. Twitch’s video platform is the backbone of both live and on-demand distribution for the entire video game ecosystem. This includes game developers, publishers, media outlets, events, user generated content, and the entire esports scene. Twitch also features Twitch Creative, a category devoted to artists and the creative process. For more information about Twitch, visit our About Page, Twitter feed (#Twitch), and blog.
ABOUT TIP “T.I.” HARRIS
Multi-platinum recording artist Tip "T.I." Harris has won three Grammy Awards and has sold over 10 million albums in the US alone. He is an artist-owner of TIDAL, joining JAY Z, Beyoncé, Rihanna, Lil Wayne, Coldplay, Madonna and others in offering up exclusive music, videos, concerts and other content to bring fans closer to their favorite artists. On September 23, he released his politically charged EP “Us or Else,” exclusively on Tidal. Tip was motivated to write the songs on the project after hearing about a series of deaths of unarmed black citizens at the hands of police including Sandra Bland and Philando Castile and Donald Trumps’ rise to becoming the Republican Presidential nominee and now President-elect. Two previously released songs and videos from the project, “We Will Not” and “War Zone” are available on Tidal.com.
He starred in the Emmy-nominated series “Roots” that premiered on HISTORY Memorial Day, and will be featured in the upcoming movie “Sleepless Night” opposite Jamie Foxx and Gabrielle Union. The fifth season of his hit VH1 series “T.I. & Tiny: The Family Hustle,” debuted July 18 and the series “Sisterhood of Hip Hop,” of which he is an Executive Producer, premiered July 12. He is also an Executive Producer for “The Gary Owen Show” currently on BET. Tip also kicked off his exclusive 2016 Drai’s LIVE residency at Drai’s Nightclub at The Cromwell in Las Vegas this past Spring with performances scheduled throughout the end of the year. His two clothing lines Hustle Gang & Akoo are currently in stores.
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