Ubisoft seems eager to extend the Ghost Recon brand as far as it can go. Today’s announcements of Ghost Recon: Commander — a Facebook and mobile title for the franchise — comes on top of the previously announced multi-console release of Future Soldier and the recently announced, free-to-play PC title Ghost Recon Online, all planned for release early next year.

But while all three titles are their own independent games, Ubisoft VP of digital games Chris Early says the coordinated release is defining the future of what he calls “companion gaming” — games that are interlinked so that success in one helps lead to success in the others.

“By playing Commander before Future Soldier comes out, it’s going to let you accumulate a little bit of wealth and some weapons so you have some sort of advantage [in Future Soldier],” Early said. “I know there’s a time when I’m going to sit down in front of my console and play that game, and I know there’s going to be a time when I have a few minutes to spare in between, and if I can use some of that time to generate consumables or generate an advantage in another game, I’m going to do that.”

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