Splinter Cell Joins Ghost Recon Wildlands for Special Mission

By Rebecca 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.

Special Operation I

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 Rifle
  • The Five-Seven Blacklist weapon skin
  • The Karambit Knife granting players a new, exclusive CQC move thanks to the Echelon Gloves from Blacklist
  • The Splinter Cell Outfit, also including the Karambit Knife CQC move and Sam Fisher’s Night Vision Goggles
  • Two new Night Vision Goggles with their own night vision filter, with a flip-down animation
  • 3 new weapon cammos
To 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.

Special Operation I

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.

Special Operation I

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.

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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.
Rebecca Smith
Written by Rebecca Smith
Rebecca 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.