Ongoing analysis of data and feedback has shown to us that newcomers to Ghost Recon Phantoms are overwhelmed by the amount of choices present in the game. Should they start the game by playing an Assault, Recon or Support? Should they spend their ATHENA Credits on a sweet new primary weapon, a Tactical Suit, or that device upgrade they’ve been eyeing on, and which class should they outfit first? Too often, a new player invests a certain amount of time and resources into something they later regret, resulting in diminished player enjoyment in the game.
As a result, in Update 2.0, we are going to radically modify GRP’s new user experience to make starting GRP easier for beginners. Our goal is to reduce the confusion and choice paralysis new users feel by progressively exposing them to our systems. We will guide new users through the new streamlined early experience and offer only directly relevant options and modes.
Firstly, we are massively increasing our generosity for new players and providing them the Infinite Pack rewards from level 1 to level 15, for all three classes, for FREE:
- Up to Tier V primary and secondary weapons,
- Tier II Tactical Suits,
- Tier II devices,
- Tier I squad supports;
- And more
Veterans rejoice! To make the game more accessible to everyone, as you have requested, we will be removing the armor maintenance feature in game. That’s right! NO MORE ARMOR REPAIR. Now all players can concentrate their AC earnings on purchasing new equipment. We will also give all players 600 inventory slots for free to store all of their new items.
Game Mode and Class Restrictions
Secondly, new users will be introduced to the whole game in phases. The first accessible game mode for a new user will be Team Deathmatch. We feel that TDM gives newer players a chance to familiarize themselves with the basic mechanics of the game, such as movement and weapon controls, device usage, first. The Team Capture game mode will be unlocked for a player when he reaches level 10, exposing them to the cover system and more complex tactical elements of the game.
Additionally, new users will start with the Recon class unlocked, with subsequent classes unlocked as they level up. Assault will be available from Level 6, and Support will be available once their Recon or Assault reaches level 11. In-game data has shown that the Recon class is the ideal starting class for new players as it has a lower learning curve than Assault and Support.
To remove confusion and choice paralysis around a player’s first purchase, we will be locking the store away from new users. In exchange, we will supplement the new users’ rewards from level 1 to 15 with both consumables and weapon attachments to provide a comprehensive gameplay experience.
Selling items and the scrapyard will be disabled for them. Ghost Coin purchases, as well as the ATHENA Armory Access membership will also be disabled for these new users.
Upgrading to Infinite Pack
Since releasing the Infinite Pack last December, we have been gathering and analyzing data regarding player experience. We found that Infinite Pack owners had a significantly better experience in-game. From Update 2.0, a new player’s first purchase option will be the Infinite Pack.
All new players will be able to get all three classes to level 15 before they must purchase the Infinite Pack to progress. Starter Players will be level capped at 15, and will not have access to the in-game store (including gifting), personal profile and leaderboards. They can still continue earning and accumulating experience points, AC, GC and even complete achievements. Once a Starter Player has upgraded to Infinite, the player will be granted full access to these features. Starter Players who accrued experience points after level 15 will automatically level up to their unlocked level.
These Starter Players will still be able to access all game modes and all class in the game and continue playing indefinitely. On top of that, they will still be able to add friends, play with them in Custom Matches or fireteam together, and even join a clan for Clan Matches.
Note: These restrictions only affect new accounts created after the Patch on July 8th 2015.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Is Ghost Recon Phantoms still free-to-play?
Yes! Starter Players are still able to access all game modes, maps and all classes in the game. There are no time restrictions on Starter Players. They can still add friends, play with them in Custom Matches or fireteam together, and even join a clan for some Clan Matches.
Q: What are the restrictions of a Starter Player if I have not purchased the Infinite Pack?
As part of our simplified user experience, Start Players will not have access to the store, purchasing Ghost Coins or ATHENA Armory Access (AAA), sending or receiving gifts (except for the Infinite Pack) and are unable to view select pages (e.g. Profile, leaderboards). Starter Players will also be restricted to level 15, but are able to accumulate all XP gained to level up instantly later.
Q: What if I had previously tried Ghost Recon Phantoms before Update 2.0 and my characters are below level 15? Will I get the Starter Player benefits? Will I have the same restrictions?
As a returning player, who created an account before July 8th 2015, you will be able to receive all of the generosity benefits that Starter Players will, without the restrictions.
Q: What if I am an existing user, but I do not own the Infinite Pack? Will I be faced with the same restrictions as a Starter Player?
No, as long as you have created your account before July 8th 2015, the restrictions will not apply. You can continue to play as you always have.
Q: As a Starter Player, will I be able to receive gifts? Will I be able to gift a friend who is a Starter Player?
As a Starter Player, you will not be able to send or receive in-game gifts and other players will not be able to send a gift to a Starter Player, except for the Infinite Pack DLC through Steam, and eventually, through the in-game client.
Q: As a Starter Player, will I be able to redeem coupons that I have received?
Yes, you can still access the “Redeem Coupon” button from the in-game store and redeem your coupon code accordingly.