The Ghost Recon Frontline game was cancelled this July, without much explanation. During an earnings call, Ubisoft announced the cancellation of a VR Splinter Cell game, as well as two other unannounced games. However, we have now gained a better understanding of why these projects were abandoned.
Playtesting revealed that Ghost Recon Frontline was not meeting player expectations, according to senior developer Fawzi Mesmar. According to Ubisoft, many fans were disappointed with the direction of the live service, in which stealth-based gameplay was missing from Ghost Recon. It is not known if Ubisoft has any other plans for Frontline as a result of this reaction.
Following the feedback we collected from our players during the playtest, we concluded that the game did not meet the expectations of the players,” said Mesmar in an interview with Axios Gaming.
The announcement trailer is still live, and it currently has 8,700 dislikes to 2,000 likes. Mesmar indicated that Ubisoft took much notice of Frontline’s negative reception when it was announced last October.
On Ghost Recon Frontline:
– Assumption was there were a market for Ghost Recon PvP
– Negative reaction to Oct announcement was noticed
– Reaction to players' subsequent play tests is what did game in and led to mid-2022 cancellation (Was it that bad??)
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Although this was the case, Ubisoft was eager to keep development going until Frontline was ready for public testing. “[We] wanted to also collect the feedback of the players once they’ve experienced the game, not just the messaging around the game,” Mesmar says, hoping that Frontline would win players over with its battle royale gameplay.
It seems that Ubisoft is not in a hurry to explain what went wrong during Frontline’s public tests, but whatever the case, it was rough enough to justify cancelling the entire game.
The news is not all gloom and doom for Ghost Recon fans, however. The announcement that support will be withdrawn from Breakpoint was accompanied by reports that another Ghost Recon game is in development. It is hoped that this will reflect the feedback Ubisoft received during the development of Frontline.