After a recent tease, Splinter Cell’s Sam Fisher is officially coming to Bolivia in a new special operation for Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Wildlands.
On a mission to retrieve stolen secrets, Fisher must infiltrate a heavily fortified compound at night, a task he can only achieve with the help from the Ghosts. The mission can be enjoyed in single-player or co-op, but players will not be playing Sam Fisher himself (kind of disappointing, although he is voiced by returning actor Michael Ironside, so that softens the blow). Instead, players will use their skills to weaken the base’s defenses, helping Fisher sneak in under cover of stealth before having to defend his extraction when things get loud.
Taking on the mission before May 2nd will allow players to earn unique Splinter Cell–themed gear, such as Fisher’s iconic goggles. Even more gear can be acquired from the separate Splinter Cell Equipment Pack. The mission will also bring with it a new permanent class for the Ghost War PvP mode, available for purchase with in-game Prestige points or by owning the Year 2 Pass, which grants seven-day early access.
Titled Echelon, this new Assault operator wields a Sonar Pulse, temporarily revealing targets through walls at close range, which he can then make short work of with his high-tech assault rifle. The new class—the loadout of which can be seen below—will be playable in the game’s new Sabotage mode that is launching with the update, along with five new maps to complement it.
The free Special Operation I update launches on April 10th across all platforms, but the Splinter Cell mission will only be available for a “limited time,” which presumably means until May 2nd.
Ubisoft is celebrating the update’s launch with a free Ghost Recon Wildlands weekend, running April 12th through the 15th. The weekend will give gamers that have yet to jump onboard the chance to try out Wildlands’ main campaign, Ghost War PvP mode, previous Predator mission, and Splinter Cell mission, all for free. Any progress made over the free weekend will be carried over to the full game, should participants then decide to pick it up.
The Special Operation I is only the first of four updates planned for the game over the coming months, with new Ghost War classes, special missions, and other Wildlands content coming soon.