Following a series of announcements and teases, Ubisoft has released the first update of Year 2 for Ghost Recon Wildlands. As with all Year 2 expansions, the Tom Clancy-branded open-world game receives new PvE and PvP content all centered around a theme: Splinter Cell.
Special Operation I, as the update is called, is out now on PS4, Xbox One, and PC. On the PvE side, the highlight is a special new mission featuring Splinter Cell protagonist Sam Fisher. For this performance, Ubisoft has brought back longtime Fisher voice actor Michael Ironside, who was not featured in 2013's Splinter Cell: Blacklist.
As for the mission itself, it involves Fisher coming to Wildlands' setting of Bolivia to track down someone who has stolen something from the CIA. He turns to the Ghosts for help, letting players (either in solo or co-op) team up with Fisher. Ubisoft describes this as "one of the most difficult missions the Ghosts have ever faced. The nighttime stealth mission will require players to use all the tools at their disposal to succeed."
The mission will be playable forever, but special rewards--including Fisher's goggles--are available for those who complete specific challenges before May 16 (as you can see in the image above). Ubisoft has also added the Splinter Cell Gear Pack, offering new weapons and customization items.
Special Operation I also expands Ghost War, Wildlands' PvP component, in some significant ways. It introduces the new Sabotage mode and five maps that can only be played in it. There's also the new Echelon assault class, which also ties into the Splinter Cell theme. The class is initially available to those with the Year 2 pass or by purchasing it with Prestige points.