Ghost Recon Breakpoint radically restructured the series' core gameplay around loot, a change that many players criticized or outright rejected. Then, it underperformed relative to Ubisoft's expectations. Now, with an announcement that Breakpoint's much-requested immersive mode—the Ghost Experience—will launch on March 24, Ubisoft is making a big change to its support plans: Ghost Recon Breakpoint's second raid is being canceled in favor of another Ghost Experience update down the road.
The Ghost Experience is the major draw of March 24's 2.0.0 title update, which will also kick off Breakpoint's second "episode" and introduce the Engineer class. Soon, players will be able to pick from the original Breakpoint experience, featuring tiered loot and gear levels with softer survival mechanics, play in a pre-tuned immersive mode, or pick and choose from a selection of gameplay options to craft a custom experience. The list of customizable options is quite long, ranging from disabling loot tiers to more fine-tuned realism settings like ammo loss upon reload and the likelihood of injury risk when shot.
The immersive mode was originally supposed to launch at the end of last month, but was delayed to spring earlier this year. At the time, the Ghost Recon team apologized for its lack of communication to fans in the months after Breakpoint's launch.
Shortly after Breakpoint's release, Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot faced numerous questions on a call with investors about Ubisoft's live service strategy, quality assurance, and the game's abruptly abandoned microtransactions. "What you need to know is, for us, it is not something we are happy with, but it is pushing the company to perform better," said Guillemot.
Canceling the second raid to deliver another Ghost Experience update may please Ghost Recon fans who want a more challenging survival experience, but it also means more shuffling of Breakpoint's post-launch roadmap. Ubisoft now promises that owners of Breakpoint's Year 1 pass will receive all the content promised for it, regardless of whether some of it ends up delayed past the year's end.
This month's title update will also introduce a number of bug fixes, gameplay tweaks, and a highly requested offline mode that will let players continue solo PvE activities without an internet connection.