At least it is a week until launch
Ghost Recon Wildlands is about a week away from launching, so naturally Ubisoft has to detail all of the season pass specifics. To its credit, Ubisoft showed some restraint and waited until one week before release, unlike some other big-budget game announced this week. Seeing as how you can’t currently go out and buy Wildlands and some of this content sounds really pointless, I’m not going to give them too much benefit of the doubt.
Contained in this season pass is one-week early access to two “major” expansions, the Unidad Conspiracy mission, the Peruvian Connection pack, faction-themed equipment packs, an “exclusive” vehicle, and some XP boosts (one permanent, one timed). Given there is no price, I’m guessing Ubisoft is trying to make the pass sound more appealing before telling us it’s charging $40 for it.
- One week early access to two major expansions:
- Narco Road: Players will infiltrate a gang of smugglers and take part in crazy races and challenges to earn their infamous leader’s trust and destroy them from the inside. Gamers will be able to meet new bosses and travel the wildlands in new vehicles.
- Fallen Ghosts: During an evacuation mission, the Ghosts’ chopper is shot down and the squad will need to adapt as they’re tracked down by an elite group of ruthless mercenaries. Players will fight a new powerful enemy, learn new skills and unlock weapons to complete their mission.
- The Unidad Conspiracy missions: Players will work to break down and destabilize the alliance between Santa Blanca and Unidad in the Media Luna province.
- The Peruvian Connection pack: Players will be able to play through the Peruvian Connection mission as well as receive seven gear patches
- Faction themed equipment packs
- Rebellion Ghost Pack: Players can don an outfit inspired by the brave Katari 26 rebels. They will also unlock a unique AK-47 equipped with a bigger magazine and customized with unique engraving work.
- Unidad Ghost Pack: Players dominate enemies with an Unidad outfit so they can attack Unidad camps dressed just like one of them. They will also unlock a unique Unidad LMG weapon, customized with the colors of Unidad, and equipped with a red dot scope and a larger magazine.
- Santa Blanca Ghost Pack: With a Santa Blanca-inspired outfit, players can mimic their style without joining their ranks. This pack also unlocks the Santa Blanca golden M1911, customized with engravings and the mark of the cartel, for players to unleash chaos on the cartel.
- Exclusive vehicle: Bolivian Minibus
- Digital content
- Permanent +5% XP booster for the player
- Single-use short XP booster: +50% XP for the player and +25% XP for other players in the session, expires two hours from time of use.
What’s better than paid content is that a free PvP mode will be coming to the game in an update at some unspecified date. When I tried out the recent Open Beta weekend, I was shocked that Ghost Recon didn’t have some form of adversarial mode. That has been a series staple and what has kept the game popular all these years later. To remove something so crucial to the experience seems tacky, but at least it will be coming later.
Ubisoft also makes mention of some nonsensical companion app for mobile devices. If it is anything like the crap it launched for Splinter Cell Blacklist, then it will function for one year and then the servers will go down. I love that I can’t unlock some piece of content because Ubisoft doesn’t care about older titles.