Ghost Recon Wildlands gets a farewell update carrying a new battle royale-like mode

Ubisoft announced Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Breakpoint earlier this year, which is arriving as a direct sequel to Ghost Recon Wildlands, but isn't finished with the original just yet. Now, the Ubisoft has announced a final farewell update to Wildlands "as a thank-you to the community."

The update will carry the brand new Mercenaries game mode, an 8-player free for all that seems inspired by battle royale games. Basically, players begin rounds with only melee weapons and must loot, fight NPC enemies as well as other players, to finally call in an extraction and escape on a helicopter solo to win the match.

Players do respawn when killed unlike standard battle royales, but they won't have any of the loot they gathered. Read a full breakdown of the new mechanics that the Mercenaries mode is introducing straight from Ubisoft below:

  • Looting for Gear: Players start the game just with a melee weapon and will need to find the best gear, weapons and consumables to fight the Unidad forces and enemy players. If a player dies, they will lose all of the loot gathered and start at square one when they respawn.
  • Armor: Mercenaries mode will feature a new health and armor system. Based on the gear players pick up, an armor bar will appear. This bar will absorb a percentage of damage based on the penetration capability of the opponent's weapon.
  • Health: If players are hit by a weapon that deals penetration damage, they will bleed and gradually lose a percentage of their health. If they are injured, they will be able to loot three different types of healing items to get back into fighting shape: medikits, bandages and syringes.
  • Destructible Doors: Destructible doors can be opened with CQC, behind which players may find intel, loot, or cover to aid them in their fight. Players will need to think tactically about when to use this as opponents will be able to hear the breaking doors if they are close by.

Also, anyone who completes their first round of the Mercenaries mode will receive a special Lone Wolf costume as a reward, with further drops arriving for those who win matches.

The new mode will be available on PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4 tomorrow, July 18, as part of the final major update to Ghost Recon Wildlands.

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