Ghost Recon Wildlands Special Operation 2 adds permadeath mode, new Ghost War features

Special Operation 2, the second free major update for Ghost Recon Wildlands‘ second year, launches on July 24th, adding Ghost Mode – a new way to play the PVE campaign – as well as new classes, maps, and features for the Ghost War PVP mode. More surprises are in store following the update, including an unrevealed PVE mission.

Ghost Mode is playable solo or in co-op, but make no mistake – it’s a high-stakes test of skill that introduces a range of features, including permadeath, friendly fire, and the option to play completely solo (with no AI teammates). Other Ghost Mode features include:

  • A new loadout that restricts players to one main weapon and one handgun.
  • Real Reloading, which means that if you pop out a partially full clip, you’ll lose the bullets that were in there when you slap in a new one.
  • Gear management that prevents players from swapping in different weapons unless they’re looting an enemy or using an ammo box.

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Ghost War is getting some updates as well, with two new classes, two new maps – including one with snow terrain – and new features including Observer Mode, a spectate feature with a free-roam camera and other tools for showcasing (or just watching) a match. Special Operation 2 also adds emotes, victory poses, and voice lines for an extra layer of personality. Finally, Special Operation 2 is adding ranked competitive seasons to Ghost War, giving players a new way to prove their skill.

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Special Operation 2 will be available free to all Ghost Recon Wildlands players, and if you own the Year 2 Pass, you’ll have seven-day early access to Ghost Mode and the new Ghost War classes (along with exclusive customization packs).

Ghost Recon Wildlands is available now on PS4, Xbox One, PC, and Special Operation 2 will arrive for all players on all three platforms on July 24th. For more on the game, check out our previous Ghost Recon Wildlands coverage.

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Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Wildlands

Release date — 7th March 2017
Developer — Ubisoft Paris
PEGI 18+
Bolivia, a few years from now: this beautiful South American country has become the largest cocaine producer in the world. The influential and vicious Santa Blanca drug cartel has turned the country into a narco-state, leading to lawlessness, fear, injustice, and violence. The cartel is on track to becoming a major underworld power and global threat.An all-out war is not the answer. A surgical, stealthy, lethal approach is the only way to stop the disease at its source. The Ghosts, an elite US Special Forces team, are sent behind enemy lines to wreak havoc, destabilize, and eventually break the alliance between the cartel and the corrupted government. Facing an almighty enemy in a massive and hostile environment, the Ghosts will need to make critical moral choices and engage in tough battles to complete their mission – their grittiest and most dangerous operation to date.
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