Free update adds Splinter Cell cameo to Ghost Recon Wildlands

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  • Thursday, 12 Apr 2018

Sam Fisher invites players on an infiltration mission in a Ghost Recon Wildlands update. — AFP Relaxnews

Sam Fisher invites players on an infiltration mission in a Ghost Recon Wildlands update. — AFP Relaxnews

Ubisoft is intent on reminding players of Ghost Recon Wildlands that another of its Tom Clancy franchises, Splinter Cell, is still active.

Coming up to five years on from the release of Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell Blacklist, and franchise lead Sam Fisher is popping up in another Tom Clancy title.

Popularly received as Ubisoft's military-themed take on Grand Theft Auto Online, Ghost Recon Wildlands sent players into a cartel-controlled country on a series of potentially explosive covert ops missions.

Released in March 2017, it was welcomed onto PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Windows PC title with good if not stellar reviews.

Nevertheless, it was the year's biggest launch at the time, exceeding the likes of Resident Evil 7: Biohazard and single-platform successes The Legend Of Zelda: Breath Of The Wild and Horizon Zero Dawn.

Three additional pieces of post-release content were made available to buy over the rest of the year, and now Ubisoft is indicating that Ghost Recon Wildlands will be supported by a second year of content.

Sam Fisher is being drafted in as part of a solo or co-op mode stealth mission, the free Special Operations I update, with Fisher's objective available between April 10 and May 2.

Upon successful completion of the mission, players will be rewarded with special items such as Fisher's hallmark night-vision goggles, per Ubisoft's blog, acting as a more permanent reminder of the Splinter Cell franchise for those that finish as well as other players they encounter online.
In addition to Fisher's temporary presence, a purchasable Echelon character class is being introduced to Wildlands, another reference to the Splinter Cell series, along with a new player-versus-player mode called Sabotage.

"Year 2 will bring three more free updates in the coming months, adding six new Ghost War classes, new missions, and community-requested features" such as AI squadmate customisation, Ubisoft wrote, announcing a free trial weekend running April 12-15.

Splinter Cell Blacklist launched before Ubisoft changed its approach to Tom Clancy properties with 2015's Rainbow Six Siege, pumping it with post-release time and resources to ensure continuing success, and doing the same for The Division" from 2016 onwards.

Therefore, the next Splinter Cell game can also expect to receive a sturdier measure of support than its 2013 predecessor – starting even before its announcement with this cross-promotional appearance in Wildlands. — AFP Relaxnews