Since releasing in 2017, Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Wildlands has seen numerous updates and additions. Fans of the game have returned again and again to see what new features have been added to the already expansive game. Previous additional content includes a tier system, a PVP mode, and various story missions featuring characters from other Tom Clancy franchises. Now, as Ghost Recon: Breakpoint draws closer (a sequel to Wildlands), Ubisoft is releasing its final major update entitled Mercenaries.
How to Play
Mercenaries is a PvPvE type battle royale mode. Players (eight in total) start on a map with no equipment whatsoever. Your goal is to find weapons, gear, and recon the area. To proceed to the endgame, you must find intel markers that lead to radio transmitters. Activating three transmitters will call a helicopter and players must reach it to extract from the battle zone. Note that you cannot use the same transmitter more than once. When the helicopter reaches the stage, all players will see it on their map.
Players must battle Unidad soldiers and other Ghosts to accomplish their mission objectives. However, simply making it to the extraction point first is not enough to win. Once you reach the escape zone, you must stay in the area. Doing so fills a gauge that, when full, will allow you to board the helicopter. In addition, other players will be converging on the area and you cannot extract until you are alone. Once you are alone and have your extraction gauge filled completely, you will win the match. Players who are killed will respawn with no equipment and must find loot again to compete with others.
New Features in Mercenaries
Mercenaries mode brings a few new game mechanics. First, you will have a health and armor gauge. Some weapons can deal penetration damage, which will cause you to bleed and lose health over time. Players can find items to recover health, stop bleeding or both. Armor will absorb a percentage of damage based on penetration damage. Another new feature allows you to break through destructible doors using close-quarters combat (CQC). Be aware that enemies and players can hear the noises you make so plan tactically.
Players will receive rewards for playing Mercenaries mode. Completing one game will unlock the Lone Wolf outfit for use. Winning matches gives players various cosmetic gear, with rewards stopping after 25. The latest update includes bug fixes across all game modes.
With the drop-in, loot aspect of Mercenaries, Ubisoft takes its own spin on the battle royale genre. How do you feel about this new game mode? Any strategies you like to employ? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!
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