At a time when the phrase “loot box” triggers all but the most blissfully ignorant gamers, Ubisoft has decided to add loot boxes to Ghost Recon Wildlands. It doesn’t come as a shock that the publisher is looking to make more money out of the game, but to implement loot boxes, right now? It seems like a stupid, or incredibly brave move, to me.
Thankfully, if you can get past the audacity, the Ghost Recon Wildlands “Battle Crates” don’t seem to be all that bad. Ubisoft is promising that all drops will be cosmetic, and won’t influence gameplay.
Here’s the full rundown of what Battle Crates are, and how they’ll impact the game:
How to get Battle Crates
All players will receive a gifted Spec Ops Crate and a gifted Ghost War Crate, which are redeemable on the Ubisoft Club. Battle Crates can then be purchased from the Store for 400 Store Credits, with each Battle Crate containing three items that you do not already own.
Battle Crates Content
Battle Crate is the name of a collection of crates specifically designed for the Campaign and co-op mode (Spec Ops Crate) as well as for the Ghost War mode (Ghost War Crate). Spec Ops Crates contain Epic Weapons, Exotic Weapons, Vehicles and tons of cosmetic items for you to enjoy even more in the whole Campaign mode.
Ghost War Crates contain Exotic Weapons (re-skinned versions of weapons already available in the game – no impact on the weapon stats), customization items and an exclusive new line of skins for your character, called Icons.
Overall, all the cosmetic items you get can be used in both the Campaign and Ghost War modes. More than 200 items are available through the Battle Crates experience. All the items are also purchasable in the store through the various pack offers, except for the Icon skins that are exclusive to the Ghost War Crates.
You can consult the list of all the items you can obtain on a dedicated page on the Ghost Recon Network.
There are no duplicates in the Battle Crate system. You will only get items you do not already own.
All the items available from the Battle Crates have various levels of rarity, affecting their chance of dropping with each Crate:
Battle Crates don’t look that bad to me. They’re still paid-for random loot drops, which makes me feel uneasy, but at least they’re cosmetic only.