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Meet Don Winslow, Co-Author of the Cartel-Themed Narrative for Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Wildlands

02/24/2017 06:00 PM

We are thrilled to announce that the writing duo of New York Times bestselling authors Don Winslow and Shane Salerno have teamed up with us to create the cartel-themed novel for Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Wildlands. Winslow is the award-winning and #1 internationally bestselling author of The Cartel, The Power of the Dog and Savages. Salerno is one of the most sought-after writers in the film industry. He is currently working with Oscar-winning filmmaker James Cameron on four separate sequels to Avatar, the highest grossing film of all time, and writing and producing The Cartel (an adaptation of Don Winslow’s novel) for master filmmaker Ridley Scott. He also co-wrote the film Savages with Don Winslow and the three-time Oscar-winner Oliver Stone, as well as the film Armageddon for director Michael Bay.

I’ve written about drug cartels for more than twenty years and together with my writing partner Shane Salerno have brought that knowledge to the story, scenes, characters and dialogue found in Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Wildlands,” Winslow said.

I’ve been a Tom Clancy fan ever since I first read The Hunt For Red October.” Salerno declared. "It was a real thrill to work on this game with the team at Ubisoft, who are incredibly passionate and committed to delivering the best gaming experience possible for fans.” Salerno said.

Winslow and Salerno offered their knowledge of the international drug trade and their skills in storytelling to create an authentic drug-cartel narrative that will unfold for players when Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Wildlands launches on March 7, 2017.

Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Wildlands presents a first for the series with our massive open world that can be explored freely. With this amount of freedom, we wanted to bring in top talent to create a believable cartel organization and story. As fans of their work, we knew that Don Winslow and Shane Salerno would be the perfect team to help us keep the game rooted in reality while keeping the game’s core entertainment experience,” said Nouredine Abboud, Senior Producer of Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Wildlands.

We were able to catch up with Don and learn about his experience with cartels, as well as his first experience writing for a video game. You can see the video of that interview below.


Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Wildlands will be available on March 7, 2017, for PlayStation®4 system, Xbox One, and PC.

For more intel on Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Wildlands, please keep an eye on ghostrecon.com and be sure to visit our official forums and subreddit.

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