In order to ensure I feel really old, Ghost Recon decided to personally attack me by celebrating its 20th anniversary and also reveal its next game, Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Frontline. The twelfth release in the tactical shooter franchise (unless you count differently than I do), Ghost Recon Frontline is a free-to-play PVP shooter designed to support up to 100 players fighting as teams.
Yes, yes, it’s a battle royale game from Ubisoft, but the twist is that teams work to complete dynamic objectives before heading to a drop zone for extraction. In the game’s open world of Drakemoor Island, there is no converging circle, no death zone, only intel and exfil. This process is noisy and easily spotted, so other teams can easily swoop in to take you out during extraction.
Recent entries in the Ghost Recon series like Wildlands and Breakpoint have been third-person action titles, but Frontline takes players back to its first-person roots. There are also an “advanced class system” that lets players upgrade and customize their characters, known in the game as contractors. The first three classes set for testing and release are Assault, Support and Scout.
The unique skill paths, will grant access to things like fortification abilities, recon skills and sustainability buffs. Unlike most other games though, players can swap contractors, much like games like Overwatch, effectively letting them adapt to changing tactics and enemy compositions.
Additional modes will be available at launch, including some that promise a more “casual” experience. Ubisoft promises the game will evolve across multiple seasons, as is expected for a game of this kind, and that includes new characters, maps, modes, tactical tools and other content on a seasonal basis. Full crossplay support is also promised between PC, console and streaming platforms.
No word yet on when Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Frontline will launch in full on its slated platforms of Xbox One, Xbox Series and Windows 10 PCs, but a closed beta will be running from October 14 to 21. Unfortunately, this beta is limited to PC players in Europe. If you qualify for that, you can sign up here.
In other noteworthy anniversary news, the original Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon from 2001 is now available to download for free from Ubisoft Connect. Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Wildlands players can access the Fallen Ghost DLC for free and Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Breakpoint players can download the Deep State Adventure DLC for free until October 11.