A year after my first attempt the game is still freezing once you get into the New Your expansion area. You STILL can't boost a charterer to level 30 instantly, which is much needed for a hardcore game play type. My character has frozen several times and the last time a guess leads me to believe it was the anti-cheat engine marked my agent with the "death" flag, as Ive had to use Process Hacker several times to close the frozen game. I was walking (as they STILL haven't made RUN default movement) to collect a SHD Cache, no enemies in the detector.
It STILL has many problems with the ubisoft connect and the snowdrop engine staying connected with no packet loss most noticeable using a VPN. A security which almost every online purchaser or security conscious user has theses days. The engine alone uses too many cpu cycles and doesn't even tap into the raw gpu power it should be using. 60°C on a liquid cooled Ryzen cpu not overclocked at all, while my RTX stays at a frosty 38°C on air.
If you're a veteran hardcore player of different game types, you might want to stay away from this game. It STILL needs a LOT of polish for hardcore mode. With the little to no attention it has gotten over the last year, with people working from home, leads me to believe that it won't get any. It's still in "BETA" mode which is just another way of the corporation to say "hey you can try it, we put it out" but they shirk off any responsibility of doing anything about the game mode.
It could be good for hardcore play, but given the last years stagnant development, you might want to look elsewhere.