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Splinter Cell’s Sam Fisher returns in free Ghost Recon Wildlands update, out tomorrow

Find out how the stealth icon returns in PvE mission. Plus, game will be free to play this weekend

Calling all Ghosts! Ghost Recon Wildlands begins Year 2 with a bang on 10th April, when the first new content update arrives for PlayStation 4 owners.

Called Special Operations I, this free update features a new PvP mode called Sabotage and a full assortment of new PvP goodies, including the first of six new classes, five new maps, and new perks and weapons. On the campaign side, new teammate customization options will let you snazz up your AI teammates with any cosmetic items you’ve unlocked.

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And if you’re a Splinter Cell fan – well, you might want to sit down, stand up, or cling to a pipe on the ceiling.

Special Operations I also features the return to action of Sam Fisher, voiced by Michael Ironside, in a special stealth-focused nighttime PvE mission where Sam and the Ghosts will have to work together.

“The Predator mission was about the ultimate hunt. It was about who is the best hunter,” says Nouredine Abboud, Senior Producer at Ubisoft Paris. “Here, it’s not about the opposition. It’s about partnership. We didn’t want to propose a new enemy for the Ghosts, but rather, a great partner.”

For the Ghost Recon Wildlands team, bringing Sam Fisher into the fold is an incredible opportunity to combine two of Ubisoft’s most popular Tom Clancy games, but they remained aware of what makes Sam Fisher a special character as they plotted out the story details of the mission.

“Sam has a good sense of humour, but he’s a bit cynical, with a strong sense of duty,” says Abboud. “We wanted to see that in the story, the cut scenes, and his conversations with the Ghosts.”

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Of course, the introduction of Sam to Ghost Recon Wildlands also means the team had an opportunity to create a stealth-heavy mission.

You’ll begin by quietly infiltrating a Unidad camp under cover of darkness, with a deadline and a no-kills objective, before eventually joining forces with Sam. Once there, you will have to protect Sam from waves of enemies as he attempts to extract sensitive information from a terminal within the camp.

“This is a stealth mission, so breathe, do recon, and take your time,” Abboud explains. “Use all of the recon and stealth tools at your disposal, especially your drone and night vision goggles. Divert enemies with diversion grenades. Call in the rebels when you need assistance, or try to play the mission in co-op with your friends if you need extra help.”

Successfully complete the mission, and you’ll be rewarded with Sam’s three-lensed night vision goggles and more.

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Current Ghost Recon Wildlands owners will get free access to this mission, along with the rest of the PvE content included in the Special Operations updates, while PvP content will be available to PlayStation Plus subscribers. However, Year 2 Pass owners will get seven-day early access to the six Year 2 Ghost War classes, as well as a customisation pack and eight Battle Crates.

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If you’ve yet to play Ghost Recon Wildlands, we’ve got even better news: Beginning 12th April, you can download and play the game for free through 15th April. During that time, you can play the entirety of the Ghost Recon Wildlands base game, the Predator mission, and Special Operations I and its Sam Fisher stealth mission solo.

A PlayStation Plus subscription will be required to access any co-op functionality or Ghost War PvP content.

The Deluxe Edition will be discounted*during that time period, and all save data from the free weekend will carry over to those who purchase the full version of the game.

Whether you’re veteran or a newcomer, we hope to see you out in the Wildlands!

*Check your regional PlayStation Store for pricing.

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Why put this content into an old game? Why not put it into Far Cry 5?

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Hm. Had this game installed for a long time and was planning on fininshing it but the constant, massive, +10gig updates eventually made me delete it not too long ago. If this came a bit sooner I might’ve enjoyed it but currently I don’t plan on ever playing it again.

My-Names-Jeff-33 09 April, 2018 @ 19:32
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Potato

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Nope, sorry. Loved the base game and finished it months ago, but I’m not interested in PvP content, and certainly not interested in paying out for a second season pass. Time to eBay my copy, I think.

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I think all content is free of charge, the year 2 pass just gets you early access and some crates.

This game is exceptional. The ghost war pvp mode is the most tactical shooter I’ve played on a console for a long long time. I no longer play on PS4, although I still have a copy as I’ve moved primarily to Xboxfor gaming, but I didn’t mind buying the game again because of the support that this game still receives so long after launch.

I’d reinstall the game if I was you and give it a fresh start, also try pvp with a couple of mates on your team. It can get the heart pumping.

P4NCH0theD0G 10 April, 2018 @ 17:40
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Anyone trying this for the first time, just be aware that some people have experienced huge amounts of input lag (that is the time it takes for a controller action, like pushing the camera stick, to be displayed on the screen) in Wildlands – while other games function perfectly fine.

People will tell you that it’s your TV and you should enable game mode (to which you will respond, I already am using game mode / a PC monitor with absolutely no latency and every other game except for the Division, Prey, Dishonored 2, and ME: Shadow of War works fine), then they’ll tell you that they don’t have it so you cannot possibly have it either. Fact is that the input lag on Wildlands has been reported and documented with videos since the first day of the closed Beta (just like in the Division) and there never was any fix at all.

Yes, some games have inherently more input lag than others. Horizon Zero Dawn for example has incredibly low input lag, while Far Cry has quite a lot. But those are st...

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Anyone trying this for the first time, just be aware that some people have experienced huge amounts of input lag (that is the time it takes for a controller action, like pushing the camera stick, to be displayed on the screen) in Wildlands – while other games function perfectly fine.

People will tell you that it’s your TV and you should enable game mode (to which you will respond, I already am using game mode / a PC monitor with absolutely no latency and every other game except for the Division, Prey, Dishonored 2, and ME: Shadow of War works fine), then they’ll tell you that they don’t have it so you cannot possibly have it either. Fact is that the input lag on Wildlands has been reported and documented with videos since the first day of the closed Beta (just like in the Division) and there never was any fix at all.

Yes, some games have inherently more input lag than others. Horizon Zero Dawn for example has incredibly low input lag, while Far Cry has quite a lot. But those are still manageable – the input lag in Wildlands, if you are affected, is not manageable at all, and nobody has yet found a reason or a fix for why some people are affected and more others seem to be not (I say seem, because some people simply don’t notice, but of course they would never admit to not noticing anything, so they swear on their lives that they don’t have any input lag at all).

drwhofan2490 12 April, 2018 @ 14:08
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Has a nice nod to Solid Snake retiring. Worth getting for that alone……and I might just do that.

Managed to do this mission thanks to Ubisoft generously giving us a free to play weekend, enjoyed the mission more than the others I played.

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