After cruising in stealth mode for the last couple months, Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Wildlands‘ new Special Operation 2 update will bring our operators out of the shadows.
Wildlands‘ Special Operation 2 update introduces new content to the game’s cooperative and competitive components, including a new PvE mode appropriately called Ghost Mode. Ghost Mode can be enjoyed in single-player or cooperatively play, and implements a variety of difficult conditions into the game’s campaign missions. Should players conquer these newly reworked challenges, unique rewards await, but the new conditions are not to be taken lightly:
- Permadeath: Players need to be revived when downed in Ghost Mode, or else their game and progression are reset.
- New Loadout: The firearms players can bring into Ghost Mode are more restricted, with only one main gun and one sidearm equipable at a time.
- Real Reloading: In the real world, throwing away a magazine does not return its spare ammo to a soldier’s stock, and that’s how reloading will work in Ghost Mode.
- Friendly Fire: Fairly self-explanatory. Misplacing shots into your friends will leave them rather unhappy with you.
- Gear Management: Weapons can only be swapped out at ammo boxes or dead enemies, so pick your guns wisely.
- Teammate Removal: Those looking for the truly solo experience in Ghost Mode will have the option to not only deny player teammates entry, but AI teammates as well.
A new PvE mission will be included in Special Operation 2, which can presumably be tackled in the new Ghost Mode, but details on the experience have yet to be revealed.
The competitive side of the game will also find new life in the Special Operation 2 update, with new content coming to the game’s Ghost War PvP mode. Coming to Ghost War are two new maps and two new classes, with one of the maps set in a highly-requested snow environment. The snow map, titled Checkpoint, will be for the game’s Elimination mode, while the other map, Factory, will be for Sabotage. Players can also look forward to a new Observer feature which allows users to watch and showcase Ghost War matches with unique spectating tools, with other update additions including new ranking features, a post-match celebration screen, and new social items such as emotes and victory poses.
Wildlands‘ $29.99 Year 2 Pass will give gamers seven-day early access to the Ghost Mode and two Ghost War classes, in addition to the other DLC content dropping for pass owners throughout the year. Everyone else can jump into the free Special Operation 2 update on July 31st, with more updates coming down the road.