Ghost Recon Breakpoint Developer Explains Why Jon Bernthal Was Cast as the Villain

Just a little bit ago, Ubisoft gave us our first look at Ghost Recon Breakpoint. In the game’s reveal trailer, we see that Jon Bernthal will act as the game’s villain, ex-Ghost Cole D. Walker. We sat down with the game’s creative director, Eric Couzian, and asked him why the team decided to go with Bernthal.

He told us this:

“When we started the project and said we wanted a deeper storyline that we used to have, the first statement we had was, “What is stronger than the Ghosts?” Since we always say they’re the best of the best, it was hard to find someone stronger. If you faced the Ghosts you’d have to face the worst enemy you can meet. That’s the reason we designed the Wolves since you are the leader of the Ghosts, we needed someone to embody the leader of the Wolves.

Because of the TV show we saw with Jon, his background with military universes, his personality. He’s not a trope character, even though he’s the bad guy. You will understand his motivation and it’s interesting to see how he used to view the Ghosts and drifted slowly. You feel that there’s a conflict deep within him.”

Bernthal’s no stranger to action-packed movies and television shows like The Punisher, The Walking Dead, Sicaro, Baby Driver, Fury, and more. This’ll be the first role in a video game where Bernthal acts as the villain. He’s certainly a solid choice as I can’t think of many other on-screen actors who are more intimidating. But I’m mostly going off of his roles as Shane from The Walking Dead and the anti-hero, Frank Castle, in The Punisher. 

Ubisoft already gave us a look at Major Cole D. Walker in the latest update for Ghost Recon Wildlands, which acted as a sort of preview to this new game in the franchise. His character appears to have had a close relationship with Breakpoint’s main character, and we’ll likely see how his decision to become a terrorist and lead a new group called the Wolves unfolds throughout the story in Breakpoint. 

Ghost Recon Breakpoint will be available on October 4 for PS4, Xbox One, and PC.

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Ghost Recon Wildlands Adds Jon Bernthal in Free Operation Oracle Update

His time as the Punisher may be over for now, but Jon Bernthal will be taking that gruff, take-no-prisoners attitude to Ghost Recon Wildlands as the main character in the Operation Oracle update. Bernthal plays Major Cole D. Walker, another Ghost Team Leader who doesn’t seem to play by the rules. If you’ve been missing Bernthal’s gravely voice, be sure to watch the trailer below.

Operation Oracle is a free update for Ghost Recon. It gives players two brand-new missions full of mystery and intrigue. In the trailer, we see Walker removing his dog tags, seemingly to indicate that he has gone rogue from the Ghost Team. This is further implied by Ubisoft’s blog post which says that the Major has “his own agenda”.

The blog post also says that information uncovered in Operation Oracle “will redefine loyalty”. It’s not official, but given the name recognition of an actor like Bernthal, I doubt they just brought him in for one update. This appears to be the beginning of a bigger story, especially with the post claiming that the events of Operation Oracle “might very well set the scene for the future”.

As a huge Jon Bernthal fan, the thought of him being a part of a larger Ghost Recon story is very exciting. He’s an excellent actor whose past characters fit well in this universe. Ubisoft has been doing a great job of supporting their games well after release. Thus, my hopes are high that this is just the beginning of an arc led by Bernthal.

Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Wildlands: Operation Oracle will be available for free on May 2 on PC, PS4, and Xbox One.


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