Ghost Recon: Breakpoint Open Beta Highlights a Battle Pass and Other Microtransactions

Ghost Recon: Breakpoint Open Beta Highlights a Battle Pass and Other Microtransactions

You knew Breakpoint was getting microtransactions, and this is how they're implemented.

Ghost Recon: Breakpoint is coming soon and players are diving into a sliver of what the final game is going to offer. The Closed Beta offered the game's opening and a few additional missions to give players a feel for Breakpoint. The Open Beta increases the number of available missions and regions, opens access to Ghost War PvP, and introduces the new Factions system.

Faction missions are post-launch PVE content for Breakpoint, with new Factions Missions opening up for the player each day. There are two factions that will be available at launch: the local Homesteaders and Skell Technology employees. Completing these missions reward the players with experience and Skell currency, but they also give you Battle Points. These Battle Points go towards unlocking 50 tiers of Battle Rewards, with players getting a new item on each tier. In the Open Beta, there's a cap to the number of Battle Points you can receive in a single day and a listed date range for the current "season" of tiers.

If you've been an avid player of games in the past few years, this will sound familiar. It's the Battle Pass system made popular by Fortnite, before being adopted by games like Rocket League, Apex Legends, PUBG, and Dauntless. Ghost Recon: Breakpoint isn't the first $60 AAA game to receive a Battle Pass-style mechanic, as Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 and Battlefield 5 offer similar systems for multiplayer.

A look at the Battle Rewards system from the beta. | Mike Williams/USG, Ubisoft

The Battle Rewards system is on top of other smaller microtransactions. Players earn Skell Credits in-game and through Ghost War PvP, but there are also Ghost Coins. Ghost Coins can be purchased with real-money, and players can then use them to buy more Skell Credits, weapon blueprints, exclusive items, and time savers. The time savers also include Battle Rewards Boosters to double your Battle Point acquisition rate. The first Battle Rewards Booster will be available two weeks after launch.

With loot boxes falling by the wayside due to increased legal and player opposition, it seems publishers are beginning to shift to "the next thing" in monetization. The Battle Pass system lets players unlock items by playing, but the rate tends to be rather slow and the best stuff is usually at higher tiers, which only the most fervent of players can reach. We'll see how Ghost Recon players react to the new microtransaction additions.

Ghost Recon: Breakpoint is launching on October 4, 2019 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. You can jump into the Open Beta on all three platforms right now, and if you want to know more about the game, head over to our Ghost Recon Breakpoint guide.

Mike Williams

Reviews Editor

M.H. Williams is new to the journalism game, but he's been a gamer since the NES first graced American shores. Third-person action-adventure games are his personal poison: Uncharted, Infamous, and Assassin's Creed just to name a few. If you see him around a convention, he's not hard to spot: Black guy, glasses, and a tie.

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