Ubisoft has announced that they are working on a Ghost Recon Breakpoint overhaul, a full reworking of the new game that will fix its underlying issues.
In our opinion, the newest installment in the Ghost Recon franchise is easily one of the worst AAA experiences released this generation. In our 3/10 review, we called it a “boring and exploitative experience that makes parody embarrassed”. And we meant it.
From a completely faux narrative to buggy gunplay and an uninspired open world, Breakpoint was “a disgustingly predatory experience wrapped around an expansive world with the soul of a corporate PowerPoint.”
Thankfully, developer Ubisoft has realised this and will be working to remedy the many issues plaguing the $60 release.
“While these first weeks have been rougher than expected, we are taking your feedback to heart,” Ubisoft announced on their official blog. “We deeply care about this game, the Ghost Recon franchise and you, our community of players, and are committed to improving it.”
In the blog post, Ubisoft details five key areas that they will be focusing on importing: Technicial State of the Game, Post-Launch Content, In-game Economy, AI Teammates and Freedom of Choice.
Thankfully, these changes should create a much nicer experience for those who wish to continue playing through Breakpoint. While Ubisoft’s refusal to delay post-launch content to commit wholly to fixing a title is infuriating, a live service title like Breakpoint lives and dies based on its dishing out of fresh content.
While issuing fixes for technical missteps and fixing the game’s predatory economy is a great first step, the bigger overhaul to AI Teammates and better stealth/survival mechanics are particularly intriguing.
“Finally, we are aware that some of the design choices made have caused polarized reactions and discussions regarding the direction taken by the Ghost Recon franchise,” Ubisoft wrote. “Some of you would like our new survival mechanics to have more impact on your experience, while others dislike the tiered loot progression we have added.”
“In line with this vision and the feedback we received, we are working on a more radical and immersive version of Ghost Recon Breakpoint. We also want to let you tailor your experience to the way you want to enjoy the game, since freedom of choice has always been part of the Ghost Recon DNA.”
With this Ghost Recon Breakpoint overhaul, we may actually get a solid game in the series. Maybe.