Ghost Recon Wildlands Mercenaries – A Fitting Swan Song and Fresh Start

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Today Ubisoft released a trailer for Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Wildlands Mercenaries, a brand new game mode that’s being released as a thank you to players. Ghost Recon Wildlands Mercenaries is an experimental game mode that acts as a fitting final act for the game, but also indicates a bright future for the next game in the series, Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Breakpoint. Watch the trailer below and read on for more details.

So far there have been 19 updates to Ghost Recon Wildlands, but this one will be different to all of them. Ghost Recon Wildlands Mercenaries is a brand new game mode that pits eight players against one another in a free for all multiplayer match. However, the match will also consist of PVE elements, pitting each of the eight players against enemies in the environment, as well as each other. PVP long has been a highlight of Ghost Recon Wildlands ever since it was introduced and built upon with updates, but Ghost Recon Wildlands Mercenaries pushes that PVP to an entirely new level.

Similarly to how the Dark Zone works in The Division 2, in Ghost Recon Wildlands Mercenaries players will first have to call in a chopper for extraction. With the chopper on the way, it’s down to all eight players to get in a vehicle and make it to the extraction point as quickly as possible, because they all want to be the first to board and win. Players will be able to use the environment against on another, antagonising enemies and then moving away, leaving foes to deal with the consequences. Equally, players can simply avoid enemies altogether, and opt for the clearest path to the extraction point.

Completing one match of Ghost Recon Wildlands Mercenaries mode will earn players the Walker costume, a reward Ubisoft are eager to give players for trying out Mercenaries.

Ubisoft is releasing Ghost Recon Wildlands Mercenaries tomorrow, July 18 2019, as a thank you for every player who has been part of the game since it launched in 2017. This new game mode is an experimental one that the team at Ubisoft have been playing with for a while, but since the game’s sequel, Ghost Recon Breakpoint, releases later this year on October 4 2019, there’s no reason to hold any content back now.

The release of Ghost Recon Wildlands Mercenaries shows that Ubisoft clearly values the players of the Ghost Recon franchise. This is a good sign moving forward, since it indicates that they’ll behave in a similar way with Ghost Recon Breakpoint. However, holding off on launching a new, experimental, mode until a game is nearly redundant is a strange move in one sense. It doesn’t give off the impression that Ubisoft had faith in this game mode, and maybe they are only releasing it now because they know the feedback won’t matter in a few months.

However, you can also look at Ubisoft releasing Ghost Recon Wildands Mercenaries now in a different light. It’s possible that Ubisoft have released this mode now in order to get player feedback, and then further refine the mode for implementation in Ghost Recon Breakpoint. If this is the case, then Ubisoft are already thinking about post-release content for the next game in the series, which can only bode well for players.

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