Ubisoft has revealed that it’s tactical shooter Ghost Recon Breakpoint is officially free to play for this weekend only.
Ubisoft’s online tactical shooter Ghost Recon Breakpoint will be having a free trial weekend from Thursday to Monday, March 30 on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC, giving curious players the chance to put the game’s new and highly touted “Ghost Experience” patch, through its paces.
Why is Ubisoft giving out a free weekend in the first place?
For those unfamiliar with why the developers are doing this, it’s simple. When Ghost Recon Breakpoint first released, the game was plagued with a number of issues. And was seen as a regression for the series due to it’s less-polished experience and also in part to it’s lack of variety and personality. The response was so much so that Ubisoft’s CEO Yves Guillemot even apologised. And promised that a number of fixes were on the way. As a result, Ghost Recon Breakpoint’s developers have been trying to give the game a makeover after it’s disappointing launch.
Moreover, Ubisoft Paris initially took a comprehensive community survey in November. In which fans of the Tom Clancy franchise said they wanted gameplay features that stressed behind-enemy-lines survival elements. So, in response, Ubisoft promised to continue to work on the game and the “Ghost Experience” mode is Ubisoft’s response. The new mode brings with it, one of three possible play options. Alongside the original experience and a highly customisable variant. It’s intended to”bring back the tactical, authentic spec ops feeling that players want from Ghost Recon”. And, to that end, removes gear levels and tiered loot. And features partial health regeneration, limited resources, and a minimal interface.
What else does the new 2.0 update patch bring?
Furthermore, the 2.0 patch brings with it new missions, new cinematics, new dialogue, new gameplay mechanics, additional gunsmith options. And improved inventory management. The list of changes and additions from gameplay overhauls to customization options are extensive. For the full patch notes, click here. Additionally, the developers also announced they are also introducing Splinter Cell protagonist Sam Fisher as an NPC kicking off the “Deep State” episode of Breakpoint’s story.
Deep State has Sam Fisher link up with the ghosts again. This time to help track and take down a new threat on the island of Auroa. The story-based DLC expansion is premium content, available to players who buy the Year 1 season pass. Or who are willing to shell out 1,900 Ghost Coins a la carte. Ghost Coins are Ghost Recon Breakpoint’s premium currency. And 1,900 of them is roughly between $10 and $20 of real money. However, the free weekend now means everyone at least gets to play Deep State’s first mission.
The free weekend runs from the 26th of March until the 30th and involves the full version of the game on PlayStation 4, Windows PC, and Xbox One. It will not feature any locked content – meaning that in theory, you could play the entire game for free. To play on console, you’ll need PlayStation Plus or Xbox Live Gold. If you want to keep playing after this weekend, the game will be up to 70% off on all platforms, and your progress from the free weekend will transfer over. You can find more information on the Breakpoint free weekend at Ubisoft.
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