Ubisoft’s upcoming Ghost Recon game is something different – it’s a free-to-play, player-versus-player-focused first-person shooter with support for over 100 players. It’s called Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Frontline, and it will be tested next week in some territories.
Ubisoft Bucharest, which developed Tom Clancy’s HAWX games and co-developed other Tom Clancy titles, is leading the development of Phantom reconnaissance front line. The studio aims to combine the tactical military action of the nearly 20-year-old Ghost Recon franchise with the massive engagements of the battle royale genre.
Phantom reconnaissance front line will feature multiple game modes, but Ubisoft is specifically highlighting one, called Expedition, which will feature over 100 players fighting in teams of three. Players will need to work together to achieve dynamic objectives on a huge open world map located on an island called Drakemoor, which is home to a variety of biomes.
Players won’t just be tasked with eliminating each other in Expedition, but instead they’ll gather and protect information. They can even interrogate downed enemies to find out the location of enemy teammates. After completing their mission, they will fight for survival by calling in an extraction team to escape with this information.
Players will have a variety of tactical tools at their disposal, and Ubisoft Bucharest says there are different paths to victory. Players will be able to “reshape” the battlefield, calling in vehicles, automatic turrets, and dynamic coverage – including on-demand sniper towers – via air drops. First line is “built on the core values of Ghost Recon,” the developers said, allowing players to create their own solutions to resolve situations.
Phantom reconnaissance front line will offer a variety of classes of players, called entrepreneurs. Ubisoft alluded to three types of entrepreneurs that will be available at launch: assault, which offers great durability in close quarters; support, which offers protection with fortification capabilities; and the scout, who can recognize areas to reveal and harass enemies.
Ubisoft says other ‘faster’ modes are coming Phantom reconnaissance front line, along with the additional subcontractors, as part of a seasonal, planned and continuous update model for the free-to-play game.
Phantom reconnaissance front line does not have an announced release date, but European players will be able to test the game on Windows PCs from October 14. Phantom reconnaissance front line is for PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Windows PC, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X, and the Amazon Luna and Google Stadia streaming platforms.
The new Ghost Recon is part of a bigger push towards free games at Ubisoft. Other confirmed titles vying for player attention include F2P spinoff in the Tom Clancyverse, The heart of the division and Tom Clancy’s XDefiant.