After a week of keeping fans guessing, the cat’s finally out of the bag. Ubisoft has revealed the first concrete details on the next chapter in their flagship FPS franchise. Falling in line with the promotional artwork that was released last week, Far Cry 5 will be the first game in the series to take place in North America, and will have players taking on a religious cult in rural Montana. The game is slated to release on February 27, 2018 for the PC, PS4, Xbox One, and Project Scorpio.
Far Cry 5’s story is set against the backdrop of fictional Hope County, Montana. Players take on the role of the county’s newly-minted junior deputy, shortly before the fanatical doomsday cult, Project at Eden’s Gate, stages a violent coup and seizes control of the county. Players must work with various factions to disrupt the cult’s influence and free the fine folks of Hope County from the fundamentalist group’s clutches.
Of course, a video is worth a million words. Feast your eyes on the Far Cry 5 reveal trailer below:
Bloodbath in Big Sky Country
Here’s a rundown of some of what we you can expect to encounter during your tour of duty in Hope County courtesy of Ubisoft:
“During their journey, players can fly planes to engage cult forces in aerial dogfights across Big Sky Country. While tracking down cult members and gathering resources for survival across farmland, forests, mountains and rivers, players can get behind the wheel of iconic American muscle cars, big rigs, ATVs and boats. Vehicles also provide refuge when under attack by animals or as a way to quickly escape when things don’t go as planned.
To take down the cult, players will need to utilize any and all weapons at their disposal, including ranged weapons such as guns and grenades and melee weapons like a sledgehammer or baseball bat. Additionally, players can recruit Guns for Hire from a large cast of characters, or even Fangs for Hire, specialized animals like bears and cougars to complement players’ playstyles whether they’re going in stealthily or forcefully. How players approach each situation and the chaos they create in Far Cry 5 is up to them. Far Cry 5 will also see the return of the map editor, giving players the opportunity to create and play an infinite amount of new playgrounds. The map editor will include new features that add a new dimension to the content created by fans, with more details coming soon.”
Finally, Ubisoft confirmed that PS4 owners will receive free content with purchase of Far Cry 5 at launch. Xbox and PC owners will have the same content available through the Ubisoft Club. No word yet on what exactly that content will entail. Of course, we’ll let you know as soon as we do.
So, what do you think of what’s been shown of the game so far? Do you feel like the game’s story is controversial? Or is it just a healthy dose of welcome zeitgeist for the franchise? Be sure to sound off in the comments section and let us know.