Splinter Cell Joins Ghost Recon Wildlands for Special Mission By Rebecca Smith, 10 Apr 2018 FollowtopicsTom Clancy's Ghost Recon WildlandsUbisoftLocal MultiplayerOnline MultiplayerXbox One X EnhancedThird Person ShooterRebecca Smith Franchise cross-overs are nothing new for Ubisoft. For example, Far Cry 5 includes content from Assassin's Creed, Watch_Dogs, and even Rabbids. Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Wildlands is getting in on the act with the latest special mission that begins today. Splinter Cell's Sam Fisher joins the game in Special Operation I, just in time for a free weekend too.Today's update is the start of the second year of live content for the game and sees the addition of a large amount of Splinter Cell content. First up is a new PvE mission that begins in La Cruz. Sam Fisher has been tasked with completing a high-risk infiltration mission at night and you need to accompany him. You can take on the challenge either on your own or as part of a co-op team of up to four players.Once the mission has been completed, players will receive exclusive rewards: Sam Fisher’s Night Vision Goggles with a night vision filter, and a 4th Echelon Patch. While the mission will remain in the game, the rewards are only available until May 16th. If you feel like getting more Splinter Cell content aside from the rewards, the Year 2 Pass includes the Splinter Cell Equipment Pack as well as eight Battle Crates and early access to all six of the Year 2 PvP classes. The Splinter Cell Equipment Pack includes:The SC-4000 Assault RifleThe Five-Seven Blacklist weapon skinThe Karambit Knife granting players a new, exclusive CQC move thanks to the Echelon Gloves from BlacklistThe Splinter Cell Outfit, also including the Karambit Knife CQC move and Sam Fisher’s Night Vision GogglesTwo new Night Vision Goggles with their own night vision filter, with a flip-down animation3 new weapon cammosTo activate the Karambit Knife CQC, the Echelon Gloves or Splinter Cell Costume must be equipped.As well as the above content, the patch also brings along customisation for AI team mates in the Charactersmith menu. This only allows players to swap their outfits; gender, faces and weapons can't be changed.Meanwhile, the Ghost War PvP mode also gets new content. First there's a new game mode. Sabotage sees players divided into two teams of four players — one is defending two radio transmitters and the other is trying to activate them. The attackers win if they manage to activate one of the transmitters and defend it until the transmission is finished. The defenders must stop that transmission from taking place. The game mode is available in both Quickplay and Ranked playlists.The mode will take place on five new maps: Library, Zinc Mine, Unidad F.O.B., Trainyard, and Rocha.Finally, there's a new PvP assault class, Echelon, which is unsurprisingly part of the Fourth Echelon. His equipment includes proximity mines and Ultra High Frequency Sonar Goggles, whose sonar pulses reveal nearby enemy players for short periods of time, something especially useful at night or in smoky environments. The ability doesn't work terribly well when moving, though, as its range is reduced. Year 2 Pass players get one week exclusive access to the class, or you can use your Prestige points to get early access either.As well as all of the new content listed above, there was a list of bug fixes and other gameplay improvements brought in with the patch. You can find a full list of these in the spoiler below.*** Spoiler - click to reveal ***CLASSESMedic: We have replaced the Medic's mines with flashbangs.Tech: We have replaced the Tech's C4 with proximity mines.Pointman: We have reduced the damage output of his ACR and AK-12 by small amounts to bring them to a similar level and balance the class.PERKSWe've introduced one new Marksman perk called Hollow Point Ammo. The Hollow Point Ammo perk applies bleeding damage over time, for 90 seconds, with every bullet hit. If the enemy is already affected by it, every bullet that hits will refresh the duration. Additionally, while the effect is active, Battle Rage and Adrenaline Rush will not regenerate health. Interacting with a supply crate will remove the bleeding effect.RANKEDRating Decay: We've introduced Rating Decay which applies when players are not participating in Ranked matches for a set amount of time. The decay makes a player's rating go down on a daily basis which often leads to rank demotion, though it stops applying for players that are Silver or Bronze. To prevent this from happening, players must be active in Ranked matches on a regular basis.Rewards: We've increased the amount of Prestige Credits that are awarded at the end of the season.OTHER IMPROVEMENTSProximity Mine: We've introduced a new type of explosive device, favored by Fourth Echelon agents, called a Proximity Mine. Similar to the C4, it can be attached to walls and other surfaces, and detonates when detecting an enemy in proximity. It cannot be defused and the damage it deals is lower than a regular mine.Tutorials: The Tutorials page has been re-worked for better visibility and quicker navigation between pages of interest, removing the need to cycle between all pages to reach a certain tutorial.PVP BUGS FIXEDFixed a rare crash that occurred when joining a match on the fly exactly when another player was placing down the Jammer and quickly leaving the session.Fixed an issue with the Lobby page being visible in the background during the Map Voting page after switching tabs.Fixed an issue with the Lobby being shortly visible after the Map Voting ends.Fixed an issue with the Setting-up Match page being shortly visible after the Map Voting ends.Fixed an issue with the missing collision of the 1st thrown C4/Grenade against reinforced/boarded windows.Fixed an issue with Users not being able to see through Guerilla's smoke when using the Thermal Vision.Fixed an issue with the Confirmation Window, for cancelling a match, that was triggered multiple times for each previously browsed tabs.Fixed a text-clipping issue, for the Arabic localization, on the Round Start notification.Fixed an issue with Users not being able to see through Guerilla's smoke when using the Thermal Vision.Fixed an issue with the Confirmation Window, for cancelling a match, that was triggered multiple times for each previously browsed tabs.Fixed a text-clipping issue, for the Arabic localization, on the Round Start notification.Fixed an issue with the Lobby tabs missing for some of the Users that were being returned, from the Map Voting page, to the Setting-up Match page.Fixed an issue with Players not being able to holster Binoculars when the Jammer was in effect.Fixed an issue with Characters being forced into standing-position at the end of the Trapper Stun effect.Fixed an issue with the Players not being notified upon being marked by the Intel Tower which was captured by the Stalker class.Fixed an issue with the missing VFX/SFX feedback for KO-GAS traps that were triggered below a Player.Fixed an issue with the Diversionist Drone SFX not being properly replicated when an Enemy was far away.Fixed an issue with the rarity-level not being translated on the Battle Crate Cards.Fixed an issue where Assault Classes could survive a full Mortar Strike upon using a Supply Ammo/HP Crate.Fixed an issue where Teammates saw the Trapper's KO-GAS ability as a mine, instead of a trap, on the Minimap.Fixed an issue on the Customization page where the "Edit" button was being displayed twice.Fixed an issue for the Stalker class having the "Unaware" tag upon being marked for leaving the Extraction Safe Zone.Fixed an issue for the Trapper's ability not being disabled in the proper order when it was placed multiple times.Fixed a collision-break issue for Players revived near certain door models.Fixed an issue on the Extraction Mode with the Objective Markers and HVT Cage/NPC icons not being disabled when setting the HUD Options to Off.Fixed a rare issue with the Player remaining stuck after his Drone was destroyed immediately after being deployed.Fixed a Level Design issue, on the Mountain Village map, where a Player was able to crawl under a rock.Fixed an issue with the missing "Unaware" tag for the Players marked by the Stalker class on the Cestina localization.Fixed an issue on the Battle Crates Store page with a text, stating that User still has unopened Crates, which was not being properly refreshed.Fixed an issue with Players being able to mark from inside the Guerilla's Smoke area.Fixed an issue for the Pathfinder's Crossbow SFX not being replicated for Teammates and Enemies.Fixed an issue with the Player not receiving Mine damage after being revived by the Medic's Drone.Fixed some issues with the KO-GAS having no effect when placed on/near certain objects.Fixed an issue with the KO-GAS not stunning proned Enemies.Fixed an issue where the User would receive "Unlocked" notifications for already unlocked classes upon purchasing the Season Pass.Fixed an issue with friendly explosives remaining stuck to revived Teammates.Fixed a collision-brake issue, on the Mountain Village map, which occurred for the Player that revived a Teammate near a certain building.Fixed an issue where the equipment would clip through in certain positions for Players using the Bandit Icon.COOP BUGS FIXEDFixed an issue with the SRSA1 Black Widow sniper rifle missing SFX.Fixed an issue with a different patch being displayed when using the Raving Rabbids patch.Fixed a text-clipping issues for some long-named weapons when viewed in the Statistics Comparison.Fixed an issue with some locked weapons not redirecting the User from the Loadout page to the Store.Fixed an issue with the PP19 Executioner displaying a different Suppressor model in the Loadout page.Fixed a text-issue where the User was not properly informed regarding the Tier 1 Booster activation conditions.PVE BUGS FIXEDIcons bug.If you're one of the people who are yet to take the plunge on the title, this weekend is the ideal opportunity for you to try before you buy. Beginning on April 12th and lasting until April 15th, the title will be available for a free trial and will give access to every part of the game, including the Ghost War PvP mode, Predator mission, and the brand new Special Operation I. Take a look at the trailer below to see what's available.Special Operation I and all of its new content and bug fixes is available right now.We've got the full list of Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Wildlands achievements - check the list for guides to unlocking them. More Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Wildlands stories: New mainline Ghost Recon game in development – report Ghost Recon Wildlands and Breakpoint DLC expansions are free for a limited time Ghost Recon set to join the battle royale scene with Frontline Vote Now for August 2019's TA Playlist Game New Ghost Recon Game to Be Revealed Tonight – Watch With Us! Game PatchXbox LIVE EventVideoXbox One X EnhancedScreenshotsXbox One Written by Rebecca SmithRebecca is the Newshound Manager at TrueGaming Network. She has been contributing articles since 2010, especially those that involve intimidatingly long lists. When not writing news, she works in an independent game shop so that she can spend all day talking about games too. She'll occasionally go outside.