Ghost Recon: Wildlands players find a glitch that allows them to explore outside the playable area in this weekend’s beta, giving access to the complete map in Ubisoft’s game.

Every developer that releases a beta into the wild knows that it does so with a certain amount of risk. Not just because a beta can leave a negative impression about an upcoming game, but also because it puts a piece of a presumably almost-finished product in the hands of gamers, who are a clever bunch. Case in point: Ghost Recon: Wildlands players have already found a way to glitch outside of the playable area in this weekend’s beta and explore the full map.

For those who might not be familiar with the Ghost Recon: Wildlands closed beta, Ubisoft has offered players a small portion of the full map to explore, complete missions, and test out co-op with friends. In order to constrain players, though, Ubisoft went an interesting route, creating a barrier around the Itacua region of the Wildlands map that, if players stay past it for too long (about 20 seconds), they will die and respawn back within the boundaries.

In practice that is all well and good, but as it turns out the barrier has some kinks. For example, some Ghost Recon: Wildlands players found that meleeing an enemy outside the boundary while the timer is about to run out prevents the instant kill. And without the instant kill, players are then free to explore the entirety of the Ghost Recon: Wildlands map.

There are several places that players can prevent the instant kill and thus be free to explore the map. But keep in mind that the Return to Area of Operations warning will be on-screen the entire time.

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Without any missions to complete, it may seem like exploring the rest of the map would be boring, but many players have actually found a lot is already baked into the beta. Some players have got a jump-start on finding some of the other weapons that are scattered around the map, for example, while others have uncovered unique areas that seemingly are centerpieces for major missions.

Those who are curious how to get outside the beta map can check out the guide below (via the folks at streamerhouse):

Obviously, exploring outside the Ghost Recon: Wildlands beta map was not something Ubisoft or even players expected, but it has revealed some interesting tidbits, and likely will continue to do so until the event stops this weekend. If nothing else, players now have a better idea as to the scope of Ubisoft’s upcoming open world co-op game, and they can temper their expectations accordingly. Ghost Recon: Wildlands is still one of the most anticipated games of the year, though, which explains why players were so eager to explore more of the beta.

Ghost Recon: Wildlands releases March 7, 2016 for PC, PS4, and Xbox One.

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