Battle royale games are still all the rage right now and Ubisoft is throwing its hat into the ring with a title based on the Ghost Recon franchise. It’s officially called Ghost Recon Frontline. This isn’t Ubisoft’s first battle royale game. However, it will be the first one using the Ghost Recon name. And it might be Ubisoft’s first big hit in the genre.
The studio already has Hyper Scape, a battle royale game it released last year. But Despite its gorgeous visuals and fast-paced gameplay, it failed to climb to the levels of popularity of games from other big studios. Mega hit titles like Fortnite, Warzone, Apex Legends, and PUBG still dominate the genre.
With Ghost Recon Frontline, Ubisoft has an opportunity to capture battle royale fans and Ghost Recon fans. The challenge for Ubisoft here, is releasing a game in this genre without losing much or any of the gritty gameplay and themes that make the Ghost Recon and Tom Clancy franchises so popular.
Ghost Recon Frontline will allow for more than 100 players in teams of three to duke it out on the battlefield.
The studio says Frontline isn’t your “typical battle royale.” Foregoing standard features like the shrinking map and being the last team standing. Instead, players will need to run around the map and complete a series of different tasks to collect intel. Collecting enough intel allows the leading team to call for an extraction in an attempt to escape the island and secure the win.
Of course, things are never that easy. As other players are alerted to the extraction call and can try to stop the leading team.
Ghost Recon Frontline is a free-to-play battle royale shooter
Naturally, Ghost Recon Frontline is going to be free-to-play. Like all or most other battle royale games that have come before it. Ubisoft plans to monetize the game with in-game purchases. Likely for mostly visual stuff like skins and such for guns and characters.
Ubisoft hasn’t set a release date yet. When it launches though it’ll land on virtually every platform. Including PC via Ubisoft Connect, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, Stadia, and Luna.
Ubisoft is also holding its first closed test for the game in the very near future.
The first beta test starts this month
You might get a chance to play the game a lot earlier than you expect. As the first closed test phase for the game happens on October 14 and continues through October 21. The test is only for PC players though, and only in select countries in Europe.
Ubisoft says more tests for more platforms in additional regions are coming. But it doesn’t confirm any dates right now.