Wildlands next event sees Splinter Cell’s Sam Fisher return after a five-year hiatus.
Last week, Ubisoft announced Year 2 for Ghost Recon Wildlands, signalling that yet another game from the publisher would embrace the Games as a Service (GaaS) model. After a teaser trailer, Ubisoft confirmed that Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell and Ghost Recon universes would collide in an upcoming free event. As part of Special Operations I, players can accept a limited-time mission to assist Sam Fisher on a stealth infiltration mission to go deep behind enemy lines. Players who successfully complete the mission before it ends on May 2 will earn exclusive Splinter Cell themed cosmetics.
Those with a keen ear will notice that Michael Ironside, the voice actor for Fisher in the first five Splinter Cell game will be reprising his role. In 2013’s Splinter Cell Blacklist, publisher Ubisoft opted for Eric Johnson instead; disappointing fans. The return of Ironsides has long-time fans of the franchise excited, and some are speculating we might see more Splinter Cell at E3 this June.
Special Operations I will offer Wildlands players more than just a mission with Fisher. AI squadmates can now be fully customized, down to the clothes they wear and the weapons they carry. Additionally, Ghost Wars, the PvP mode that debuted earlier this year, will also get a new game mode called Sabotage along with 5 mode-exclusive maps. Another character class is also coming to Ghost Wars, Echelon, who can scan the environment and detect enemies who are close to him.
Ghost Recon Wildlands will be free to play this weekend on PC, Xbox One and PS4, and the game, along with the Year 1 season pass, will be on sale as well. The Splinter Cell mission will be available free to all players until May 2.