Ghost Recon Breakpoint was only announced a few weeks ago on May 9 during a livestream, but we got to see gameplay footage and two different trailers in one fell swoop. It was a surprising amount of information to digest, but the big takeaway is that Breakpoint looks set to build on Ghost Recon Wildlands by bringing a military survival aspect into play, and putting more of a focus on what it’s like to be out in the field under constant threat. It also promises to deliver a deeper story and more tactical approaches than ever before. Moving away from Bolivia in Wildlands to an island called Auroa that’s home to a Skell technology facility, you crash your helicopter and have to survive the unforgiving landscapes and an enemy threat. Oh, and did we mention The Walking Dead and Punisher’s Jon Bernthal will be causing all sorts of trouble for you with his rogue band of Ghosts known as the Wolves? Yep, Bernthal plays the villain Colonel Cole D. Walker, and you better watch out because he’s “a Ghost too”.
With plenty of gun-toting action, survival aspects, explosions, vehicles, and stealthy stabbings, Tom Clancy fans everywhere are in for quite a ride. Below you’ll find everything you need to know about Ghost Recon Breakpoint, including the official release date, gameplay features, beta access, and more.
Ghost Recon Breakpoint release date and platforms
Breakpoint's release date is happily not so far off at all. Ubisoft confirmed we'll be filling the ghost's shoes for another round of military-style shooting on PC, Xbox One, and PS4 on October 4, 2019.
Ghost Recon Breakpoint's beta goes live this September
Alongside seeing a new cinematic trailer featuring Jon Bernthal's character Colonel Cole D. Walker rallying his Wolves at E3 2019, it was also revealed that you can now register for Breakpoint's beta that's set to go live a month ahead of launch on September 5, 2019. The beta will run until September 8, and access is available to everyone who registers on PC, Xbox One, and PS4. If you're really keen to get stuck in on the action early, you can also pre-order a copy which will guarantee you beta access.
Ghost Recon Breakpoint action-packed trailer is loaded with gunfire, drones, and Jon Bernthal
The reveal trailer really sets the tone of what we can expect in Breakpoint. Of course there’s a lot of gunplay and tactical stealthy action, but it also puts across the message that this is a game about survival in impossible situations. Hounded by the band of Wolves and their drones, danger is always just a moment away. With helicopters, planes, speedboats, and advanced technology, it's certainly not holding back on the action. And can we can talk about Bernthal some more? Right at the end a masked poncho-wearing fellow takes off his mask to reveal a face we all recognize. As an ex-ghost gone rogue, he’ll be quite an adversary since he’ll have the same military training under his belt - pitting ghosts against former ghosts is one sure fire way to set up some challenging situations. And let’s not forget that Ubisoft recently released the Wildlands DLC Operation Oracle shortly before the Breakpoint reveal, which offers up a special mission featuring Bernthal’s character Walker as an ally. That’s quite a switch.
Ghost Recon Breakpoint gameplay shows off injuries, camouflage, and teamwork
In the expansive open-world, you can take on the campaign solo or in co-op with up to three other players. At the beginning of the game, you crash land on the island of Auroa. Injured and alone, you have to navigate through the island and reach your team as a mysterious band of operatives with some advanced tech in tow try to hunt you down. This situation really drives home from the get-go the survival aspect of the gameplay. While you still get the freedom to approach situations however you want, you’ll have to keep your injuries in check and use the environment to your advantage to get out of some hairy situations. With what Ubisoft calls the new injury system, taking bullets can really do a number on you. As you take damage, you can sustain different injuries which will slow you down and reduce how well you can perform in combat. Patching yourself is vital if you want to stay in peak physical condition and keep moving.
Makeshift camps known as bivouacs can also be set up to allow you to take a breather and get yourself back in check as you try to make it through the varying terrains. Just as you can see in the gameplay walkthrough, you can also camouflage yourself by immersing yourself in mud to hide from nearby enemies. And one of the most popular new features on show is being able to slice your way through fences instead of hunting down an opening that might not be so easy to spot.
Ghost Recon Breakpoint story tackles the rising threat of advanced technology
We got one last trailer during the livestream which shed more light on the story that will shape the main campaign. The island is home to a Skell technology facility run by the visionary inventor, Jace Skell. As the AI tech gets more and more advanced and becomes autonomous, the risk it poses to humanity increases, and if it were to, say, fall into the wrong hands, it could spell disaster. All contact with the island and Skell Technology has recently been lost, and it's up to you to find out what’s going on. Just what has happened? Where’s Jace? And who are these Wolves and what are they doing with the technology? There’s only one way to find out. With various different drones flitting about the place, you’ll have your work cut out for you.
Ghost Recon Breakpoint setting has different biomes and weather conditions
The expansive Auroa archipelago is made up of several different biomes, from snowy peaks and swamps, to fjords and even lava fields. Yeah, lava. Sure things will get quite heated there. The different terrains will each present their own tactical advantages and challenges. The landscapes also have a diverse range of weather conditions that can work against you. Rain downpours and snowfalls can slow you down or give you an advantage in different ways.
Ghost Recon Breakpoint will get more content every 4 months post-launch
Ubisoft will be delivering oodles of additional content post-launch to keep you invested. The studio have stated that every four months new seasonal content will added to Breakpoint, including new stories, weapons, gear, equipment, special events, and game modes. And for the first time in the Ghost Recon series, it will also be adding raids.
Ghost Recon Breakpoint will have side activities and PVP
With Ghost Recon’s co-op system, you can jump in and out of your friends' sessions whenever you like. Outside of co-oping the main campaign, you can explore the island in co-op too, and complete side activities found around the world. There will also be competitive PvP multiplayer included, so you can pit your team against other ghost squads and put your tactical team working skills to the test in short modes.