Intel: Co-op 101
02/02/2017 06:00 PM
Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Wildlands is the first military shooter set in a massive and responsive open world, entirely playable in 4 player co-op or solo. The vision of the development team from the beginning has been to have a completely seamless co-op experience. We were able to meet up with Dominique Leblanc, Campaign Content Director, who answered some of the questions from the community about how exactly the co-op will work in Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Wildlands. Today we are sharing this information with you.
Co-op from the Very Beginning
One of the first decisions made by the development team was to ensure that co-op would be available from the very start of the game. In Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Wildlands, you will not have to wait if you want to play with your friends. You will be able to join up from the very beginning.
Also, thanks to the hot join system, you can begin in solo, if you so choose, and your friends can come into your game seamlessly at any time. However, if you prefer to play by yourself, you are able to turn off co-op and have AI Ghosts part of your squad. Your teammates are also able to leave at any time without you having to return to a menu or even leaving the game world. Your gameplay experience will never be interrupted by the co-op function.
What about Story Progression?
Even if you are not at the same point in the game as the friend you join, you will still progress as you play with them. Whatever progression you make with your friends will be saved in your own progression. Instead of only helping your friends’ progression when you join their game, you will also be working towards your own progression. Moreover, if you are behind your friends, you will still be able to complete missions that they may have already completed.
What If My Friend Is Ahead of Me in Story Progression?
If you join a friend who has unlocked a mini boss’s entire narrative arc, but you haven’t, it will be possible for your friend to share the related missions with you in order to complete it together. If you join while your friend is in the middle of the mission, you will “assist” him/her to complete the mission. The following mission will be unlocked for you as well, thanks to the “unlock sharing” feature.
Can I Replay Missions?
Yes! You will be able to replay a mission by going into the quest log and equipping the mission you want to replay. A notification will explain that you are about to replay a mission, and that it will respawn the mission in your game world. You can only replay one mission at a time, and you can replay missions in co-op as well as single player.
How Does Matchmaking Work?
You can choose public matchmaking or private matchmaking. If you choose public and find players that you really enjoy playing with, you can set them as a favorite in order to find them easier to play with them again, add them as a friend, or look at them on the Ghost Recon Network. You can go ahead and jump right into your game, and players will be able to jump into your world seamlessly.
What About When My Friends Leave My World?
As soon as co-op ends, and your friends leave, the 3 AI Ghosts will return. The AI teammates will reappear when all your friends are gone, meaning that you can play from 2 to 4 friends without AI. The host migration is seamless so you don’t have to worry about your game experience being interrupted just because your friends need to leave.
Do My Friends And I Have to Stay Together?
No. There is no invisible tether between the Ghosts. You and your friends can travel as far away from each other as needed in order to find the best and most tactical way to take out the Santa Blanca Cartel. However, it can be difficult to take on the dangers of the Wildlands alone…If the worst happens, and you fall to an enemy’s fire, then you’ll want to be near your teammates so they can revive you instead of needing to redeploy.
For mission completion, as long as you and your friends all have the same mission equipped, you will all get credit if the mission is completed. This is even in the case that you are all on opposite sides of the map. If the mission is not equipped but you participate to make the mission progress or if you’re close enough to another player who did, the mission completion will be completed for you as well.
Freedom of Choice
Even in co-op, there is no specific way to approach a mission. Freedom of choice is important in Ghost Recon Wildlands. A player can choose to change how they decide to take on an obstacle.
To aid in communications between you and your teammates you will have VOIP, user interface elements, and a tacmap at your disposal, to allow you for instance to place beacons on the map. You will also be able to use the same command wheel used to command your AI teammates in order to better plan with your co-op teammates. Additionally, you will be able to use the syncshot in co-op as well as in single player. PC players will also have an added benefit of a text based chat to further aid in communications.
Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Wildlands will be available on March 7, 2017, for PlayStation®4 system, Xbox One, and PC.
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