After Ghost Recon: Breakpoint failed to recapture the critical acclaim of the brilliant Ghost Recon: Wildlands, – which was almost my game of the year in 2017, – many thought that Ubisoft would have given up on it.
This would be a fair assumption given that Ubisoft announced back in October that the next Ghost Recon project being worked on is a free-to-play battle royal called Frontline, (which was meant to be running a closed beta this month before it was delayed due to fan backlash.) However that assumption would be incorrect and it seems that Ubisoft are determined to keep supporting Breakpoint until it becomes a success.
This is refreshing, however it is also doubly surprising given that Ubisoft announced earlier in the year that they plan to move their focus to “high-end free-to-play games” for all of their major franchises. That said, it is a welcome surprise.
This also won’t be the first time that Ubisoft have given Ghost Recon: Breakpoint a campaign-based overhaul. I recently went back to revisit Breakpoint recently for the first time since launch to find that a whole bunch of campaign missions had been added to the game based around the infamous Sam Fisher.
This new update for Breakpoint is called; Operation Motherland and will add an entirely new single-player campaign onto the base game that is vast in scale, spanning the entire island of Auroa. The update containing the new campaign missions is due to drop next week, on the 2nd of November and you can see the trailer for it below.
Operation Motherland will bring with it a new conquest mode that will revolve around the liberation of Aurora. The island will be split into a number of different territories that you have to conquer by taking out the lieutenant for that territory. Karen Bowman, the CIA agent who appeared in Ghost Recon Wildlands as the Ghosts’ handler will also make her return in this campaign expansion to lead the conquest.
As you complete missions within a territory, the dynamics in that area will shift. This means that as you remove drone surveillance from the region, or take down multiple enemy patrols, the world will change around you in accordance with your progress. As you make your way to conquering the region, you will acquire a number of clues which will aid you in identifying the local lieutenant so that he can be neutralised.
The Russian Bodark faction are also making their reappearance in the Ghost Recon franchise, bringing their own vehicles and equipment to Aurora, as seen in the trailer. They will also bring with them five new varied enemy types that will mean you will have to change up your combat tactics on the fly in order to survive.
Lastly, this update will also bring some gear updates with it. There will be a bunch of new cosmetic skins that you can unlock and equip, but the main new gear item is the new optical camo that can essentially render the player invisible to the naked eye. The camo will also come with its own progression path, meaning that you will be able to improve and upgrade the tool as you play.
What do you think of this announcement? Are you excited to jump back into Ghost Recon: Breakpoint once this new update drops, or is it too little too late? Let us know your thoughts down in the comments below.
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