Ubisoft has announced one final content drop for Ghost Recon Wildlands. Now live, the latest update for Wildlands adds a brand-new PvPvE mode, Mercenaries, to the game.
“With Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Breakpoint coming this October, we want to send off Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Wildlands with one last major update as a thank-you to the community,” Ubisoft wrote in a blog post. “We’re excited to experiment with this concept to bring something new and different before we launch the next installment in the franchise.”
An eight-player free-for-all, Mercenaries is divided into three phases: Recon, Helicopter Deployment, and Extraction. The mode is a race to be rescued first by gathering intel before anyone else and fighting off both computer-controlled soldiers and other players.
In Phase 1: Recon, you spawn in without any gear, weapons, or items. In order to reach the next phase, you need to discover the location of the extraction point by activating three different radio transmitters. While hunting down transmitters, you can also stop off at intel markers to unlock different perks, such as the location of every other player for a limited time or the position of a vehicle. While exploring, you can scavenge for supplies, which will come in handy for fending off other players or Unidad soldiers. Dying won’t reset your progress, but you will lose every weapon, item, and piece of gear on your person.
Once one of the eight players activates three transmitters, Phase 2: Helicopter Deployment begins. Only the player who activated all three transmitters will know where the extraction helicopter is going to land, but the other seven will be informed of the location once the chopper sets down. Boarding the chopper requires five segments in your extraction gauge, and you can fill one of those segments by activating three transmitters. So once the helicopter appears, you can follow it to immediately challenge the player who summoned it or continue hunting for transmitters and markers to better your odds for Phase 3.
Phase 3: Extraction begins once the helicopter touches down on the map, revealing its location to all eight players. As stated before, you need five segments in your extraction gauge to board the chopper. You can earn additional segments by staying within a set area around the helicopter, but only if you’re the only player present. You’ll have to fend off any approaching players to fill your gauge while fighting off the swarm of Unidad soldiers as well. The first player to earn five segments and board the helicopter wins the match.
There are seven rewards for playing the new Mercenaries mode, all of which are listed below. Ghost Recon Wildlands isn’t the only Ubisoft game to get one final major update this week. Assassin’s Creed Odyssey‘s final DLC, Judgement of Atlantis, also released, concluding the over 100-hour saga of Kassandra/Alexios.
Mercenaries Mode Rewards
- Complete 1 Game — Lone Wolf costume
- Win 1 Game — Mercenary Patch
- Win 3 Games — Mercenary Pants
- Win 5 Games — Mercenary Heavy Vest
- Win 10 Games — Jacket Army Mercenary
- Win 15 Games — Mercenary Heavy Vest with Shoulder Pads
- Win 25 Games — Mercenary Backpack
Ghost Recon Wildlands is available for Xbox One, PS4, and PC. Its sequel, Ghost Recon Breakpoint is scheduled to release on October 4 for Xbox One, PS4, and PC. Both Wildlands and Breakpoint are two of the over 100 games that will be made available through Ubisoft’s new PC game subscription service, Uplay+, which is scheduled to launch on September 3.