It’s been over a month since Ubisoft launched the second free update for Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Wildlands, which saw the game take on a more competitive edge. Enough time has passed for players to experience this, so Ubisoft is ready to give the game its third free update.
Extended Ops will see the addition of a new PVP game mode called Extraction. In this new game mode, the players will be split into two teams, with the attacking team having the choice to extract one out of two hostages in order to win. The other team will be defending the area. The game mode is very similar to Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege game mode Extract Hostage, although the attacking team has the choice of eliminating the enemy team whilst extracting the hostage or just simply taking the hostage to the extraction zone. Speaking of Rainbow Six Siege, the characters from that game will be available as icon costumes, as well as characters from the main game, for your character in Extraction. Extraction is currently only available to play on two new maps, Institute and Garage.
The game will receive a big patch that will see changes to Ghost War game mode and to the campaign. There will also be a fix to the game’s network, and colourblind options introduced for both Ghost War and campaign. For those who have the “Fallen Ghosts” DLC installed, weapons from that DLC will available in the campaign. A full list of the patch is as follows;
- Sentinel & Pathfinder: Fixed an issue where the Sentinel and Pathfinder firing shot sound was not heard by teammates and enemies.
- Artillery: Fixed an issue where by launching a mortar strike, the player’s position would be revealed on the tacmap.
- Predator: We have removed the Predator’s Assault-specific HP bonus and reduced the HP gain when activating Adrenaline Rush. The Predator will now be more vulnerable, while still remaining extremely lethal and versatile.
- Medic: The Medic’s drone will now be marked for the enemy 1 second after being launched, instead of the 6 seconds that the other drones get. This will give enemy teams more time to react to a Medic’s revive attempt and try to counter it.
- Warehouse: We fixed an exploit which allowed players to rush to the top of the building and gain an unfair advantage on the enemy team.
- Jungle base: We blocked off the upper area of the main building to avoid camping and negative gameplay experiences.
- Urban Incursion: We’ve moved the Uplink location in order to focus the gameplay in a more open area.
- Fixed several map level design issues.
- Player Rating: The Matchmaking Rating (MMR) is now calculated at the end of a match, instead of the end of a round. This way we avoid frustrating situations where players would win the match, but decrease in rank because they have lost one or two rounds against a lower rated team. This also means that the placement rounds will be removed and replaced by placement matches.
- Matchmaking: Because we now take into account full match outcomes when calculating ratings, players will not be able to join ongoing matches anymore, because it would be unfair to join a match where the enemy team is already leading. Also, when completing a Ranked match, players will not be dropped to the Menus anymore. Instead, they will keep being engaged in the matchmaking process in order to let them play consecutive matches without having to restart matchmaking each time they finish a match.
- Penalties: Leaving penalties are now more severe in Ranked Mode, in order to discourage and punish players from leaving an ongoing match as this will have a much bigger impact on the game. Quickplay penalties have not been changed.
- Fixed an issue where an incorrect warning message was displayed on the Ranked button for the case where the next strike would grant a penalty.
- All Ranked changes to occur in February.
- Fixed an issue where the Prestige points were not displayed on the end screen results page, when ranking up.
- Fixed an issue where, in Custom Match sessions with players in only one team, would end right after player’s spawn.
- Fixed an issue where a wrong sound bark was played if the round was won by eliminating the enemy team in Uplink game mode.
- A compass has been added at the top of the in-match HUD screen so players can use it either for callouts or to better navigate the map.
- Added Colorblind mode
- Added Ghost War Crates.
- Fixed an issue where the Player could holster the weapon by canceling the capture of recon tower or Uplink, right before it begins.
- Fixed an issue where you could see the drone’s rotor blades while spectating a player.
- Fixed an issue related to character collision and throw-able items on some body parts.
- Fixed an issue where downed players that were inside a mine radius could not be revived after the mine has exploded.
- Fixed an issue where a mine could be triggered by the player if the mine was placed above ground, on an object, and the player would step on the ground next to the mine.
- Fixed several HUD display issues.
- Fixed several text issues.
- Fixed an issue where the Uplay Rewards popups were displayed each time you enter Ghost War (the issue only impacted some accounts).
- Fallen Ghost weapons are now available in the main game after installing the DL.C
- Fixed a recoil bug on the R4 and MDR weapons.
- Added Colorblind mode.
- Fixed a bug on Helicopter Controls HUD elements.
- Added Spec Ops Crates.
- Fixed a bug when the explosion didn’t go off after killing the Predator for some players.
It looks like the wildlands are going to get interesting in the next few weeks as players sink their teeth into this new update, which will go live to all today, January 25th.