Ubi has kept Ghost Recon Wildlands alive, and moved almost all DLC items into the crates you earn by doing daily challenges. If you get duplicate items from the crates, you get cash shop credits instead. Play long enough and you can get 99% of the crate/shop items they ever added without spending any extra money.
But a couple of months ago, the system went down completely for a few days. When it came back up, all player stats had been wiped, and it now takes anywhere from a few seconds to an hour or more to establish a server connection.
No server connection means no shop, no co-op, no daily challenges, no PvP (which was so dead they made the character skin you can earn via PvP free to everyone about April 2022). Single player still works without a connection, but you can’t earn the coolest toys.
Official response on the stat wipe was, “Sorry about that, they will never be restored.” Semi-official comment on the server connection problem is “Keep trying, it works, so we’re not doing anything more about it.”
This makes perfect sense if you are Ubisoft. The game generates very little revenue despite thousands still playing every day. The dev team has been broken up literally for years. I’m not sure they even can fix it.
I finished the game shortly after all this happened (by finished, I mean completed the campaign & played to max level in normal and perms-death mode). So I have all the cool toys & avoided most of this problem. Lucky me.
But they put it on sale again during the current Steam sale! Now that seems nearly fraudulent. Ubi is squeezing the last drops of cash from Wildlands’ dessicated corpse, while knowing that many of the major features are not available to new players.
Tl;dr: Fuck Ubisoft & any single-player game that requires an always-on Internet connection.