After a quick recap on the Ghost Recon series since its inception in 2001 with Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon and several sequels until the latest 2017 installment Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Wildlands, the stream shifted to a man who introduced himself as Emil Daubon, a former US Army Special Forces Medical Sergeant, who's joined Ubisoft as a writer in 2018 to work on the next game in the franchise. The background showed large LEDs with the words Skell Technology. Nouredine Abboud, the producer of Wildlands, introduced himself to talk about the next exciting chapter in the Ghost Recon franchise.
What followed was a cinematic trailer for the background on the story of the next Ghost Recon game, as Skell Technology developed highly advanced AI and robotics with the purpose of enhancing and improving human life, but as a fleet of drones goes rogue and assassinates a politician, the scenario shifts to the fictional island of Auroa, a private compound owned by Jace Skell of Skell Technology, where Ghost Recon elite soldiers will have to confront the megacorporation in order to subdue Skell's drones and thugs. You'll play as Nomad, an elite Special Ops soldier.
Eric Couzian, the director of Wildlands, also joined the presentation and talked more about the new upcoming title, which, as we previously reported, was leaked as Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Breakpoint, and this is now confirmed as the title of the new chapter in the Ghost Recon franchise. The title refers to the psychological breaking point where stress and danger become critical and human mettle is tested by the circumstances. For the first time in the series, the game will include dialogue choices, which seems to follow the pivot Ubisoft has been doing with the Assassin's Creed franchise.
The alpha gameplay footage shows a segment where Nomad infiltrates a facility in Auroa and attempts to rescue a scientist, though not without plenty of stealth takedowns and gunfire on the way. It looks and feels, for all intents and purposes, just like a direct sequel to Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Wildlands, with a wild jungle setting and all the nooks and corners you expect in a gritty tactical shooter. There's also plenty of survival gameplay on top of the tactical shooter experience, which might be a refreshing addition to the series. New features include mechanics such as carrying bodies, injuries, slopes, bivouac camps, carried progression, and prone camouflage. You can change classes at camps. There's also a breaching kit to cut fences. You can also use drones to sync shots to replace AI party fire support. Four classes will be available at launch, with more coming.
You can still watch the world premiere on YouTube as the developers add details on the gameplay and overall experience. The release date for Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Breakpoint is now confirmed for October 4th, 2019, as we previously reported on the leak. The PvP mode will also be available at launch, with shared progression and gear across both PvP and PvE modes. There are no AI party members, but the post-launch support will add raids. There will be a Ghost Recon Breakpoint Rewards program similar to the Ghost Recon Wildlands Rewards program, with special rewards and prizes for players and fans, such as swag, tickets to attend events, and customized consoles. You can also win Breakpoint rewards through Wildlands.
Ubisoft also officially announced the Gold, Ultimate and Wolves Collector’s Edition of the game as well as the standalone "Ubicollectibles" figurine of Nomad:
- The Gold Edition will include the base game and the Year 1 Pass.
- The Ultimate Edition will include the base game, the Year 1 Pass and the Ultimate Pack.
- The Wolves Collector Edition will include the base game, the Year 1 Pass, the Ultimate Pack, a Ubicollectibles high-end figurine of Lt. Colonel Cole D. Walker, a Steelbook®, exclusive lithographs, Walker’s dog tag, a waterproof map of Auroa as well as the soundtrack.
- The standalone Ubicollectibles figurine of Nomad is available for preorder on the Ubisoft store.
You can already pre-order from Ubisoft. There is already an Epic Games Store page for the game, but it doesn't seem to be available on Steam. So this is likely to be a Uplay and Epic Store exclusive for now.
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