In a new update, aside from some bug fixes and similar improvements, Ubisoft has added a new mode to Ghost Recon Wildlands. It’s their own twist at a battle royale-type thing by the name of Mercenaries. In the PvPvE mode, eight players compete to call for extraction, and then race to the helicopters, and be the only one to escape.
As the last hurrah of Ghost Recon Wildlands, Ubisoft has released a brand new mode for the game, called Mercenaries. The announcement describes it as an “eight-player free-for-all PvPvE gameplay experience.” Basically, eight people drop into a vast area with no weapons. The objective is to collect intel in order to call for extraction, then be the only man standing in the extraction zone when the helicopters land. So, yeah, it’s kinda like a battle royale mode, kinda-sorta, but with its own spin on things.
So, how exactly is this mode gonna work? Well, for starters, you and a bunch of other people drop into the battlefield and gear up. Next up, each of you will have to locate and activate three transmitters. You do so by finding intel markers. An intel marker will show you the location of a transmitter, and give you one of three perks: seeing other players on the map for a limited time, a position of some rare gear, or the location of a vehicle. Finding three transmitters gives you the exact location of the extraction point, and one of five segments of the Extraction Gauge.
Once three transmitters are activated by any one player, the helicopters take off. When they land, the extraction point is revealed to everyone. Everybody can still keep collecting intel and gear, of course. From there, it’s a race to the Extraction Point. All that’s left is to fill up the rest of the Extraction Gauge, which you do by standing in the area around the helicopters. The Gauge does have checkpoints, meaning that, at certain points, you can leave the area if you need to and not lose your progress.
There is one final catch. The helicopter won’t extract you while other players are in the area. So, you have to get rid of them asap, or otherwise keep them outside the circle. When all your five segments of the Extraction Gauge are full, and you’re alone in the extraction point, you win.
Now for the sad news for the fans of Ghost Recon Wildlands. The Mercenaries update is going to be the last major update to the game. After that, the game is just gonna slowly fade away. Presumably, there are going to be further small updates, but I’m assuming that too is going to dry out by early October, which is when the new Ghost Recon, Breakpoint, is going to launch. On the brighter side, if you love the franchise, you only have a few more months to wait for a new game.