Ghost Recon Breakpoint was a mess at launch – “tedious and confusing” we said in our 40% review (opens in new tab)—but Ubisoft stuck with it (opens in new tab) through fixes, updates and the release of a Friends Pass and a free trial edition. There hasn’t been any real news from the game since the release of the Operation Motherland update in October 2021, and today Ubisoft confirmed that there will be no more content updates.
“The last four months have marked the release of our final content: the new Operation Motherland mode, tons of new items including iconic 20th Anniversary outfits and Ghost Recon Breakpoint Quartz items,” Ubisoft said in a message posted to Twitter.
“We will continue to maintain our servers for Ghost Recon Wildlands and Ghost Recon Breakpoint and hope you continue to enjoy the game and have fun playing solo or co-op with your friends.”
Initially, it might seem like Ubisoft is washing its hands of Breakpoint after some perfunctory nods to fix its worst issues, but ending new content updates two years after launch isn’t entirely unreasonable. Support for The Division 2 was supposed to end two years after its release in 2019 (until Ubisoft released a surprise announcement (opens in new tab) of new content plans for 2021), and Ghost Recon Wildlands’ last major update (opens in new tab) It also arrived just over two years after the game’s 2017 release. Fans might feel let down, but at least compared to previous releases, it’s not a reasonable time frame to wrap up updates.
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Reaction to the news on Twitter and reddit could be described as cynical resignation: Unhappy that Ubisoft is leaving, but accepting that it was about to happen. Some fans have expressed gratitude to Ubisoft for continuing to support Breakpoint for so long after such a rocky start, while others complain that it’s still a mess in many ways; there is a lot of free advice on how to improve the next Ghost Recon game and of course the inevitable doom and gloom predictions for Ghost Recon Frontlinethe free battle royale announced last year.
This game also got off to a very rough start: a planned beta was only stopped the day before going livereportedly because of a powerful negative response to the 2021 announcement. A closed beta test for Frontline ended up taking place in early 2022, but there’s still no sign of a release date.