Ghost Recon: Wildlands may have been released more than two years ago, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t still being supported. No, despite the fact that a new Ghost Recon title is expected to launch this fall, the folks behind Wildlands are gifting those who purchased it with yet another free game mode. It’s one they call Mercenaries.

Mercenaries is described as being an 8 player, free-for-all multiplayer mode, wherein players must race to an evac point.

At the beginning of the match, the extraction point is unknown and players will have no ranged weapons, gear or items. Players will need to locate and activate radio transmitters to shrink the possible extract zone on the map. In the meantime, players will fight to be the first to gain intel on transmitter locations while looting gear, weapons and money. After the first player has activated three transmitters, the chopper will head to the extraction point and once landed, the location will be revealed to everyone. The first player to fill their extraction gauge and board the chopper wins.

Mercenaries mode introduces a wealth of new mechanics including:

  • Looting for Gear: Players start the game just with a melee weapon and will need to find the best gear, weapons and consumables to fight the Unidad forces and enemy players. If a player dies, they will lose all of the loot gathered and start at square one when they respawn.
  • Armor: Mercenaries mode will feature a new health and armor system. Based on the gear players pick up, an armor bar will appear. This bar will absorb a percentage of damage based on the penetration capability of the opponent’s weapon.
  • Health: If players are hit by a weapon that deals penetration damage, they will bleed and gradually lose a percentage of their health. If they are injured, they will be able to loot three different types of healing items to get back into fighting shape: medikits, bandages and syringes.
  • Destructible Doors: Destructible doors can be opened with CQC, behind which players may find intel, loot, or cover to aid them in their fight. Players will need to think tactically about when to use this as opponents will be able to hear the breaking doors if they are close by.

As a thank you for playing, Ubisoft is also giving anyone who plays just one match of Mercenaries a free Lone Wolf costume.

Mercenaries will be incorporated into Ghost Recon: Wildlands tomorrow (July 18th).

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