The next Far Cry isn’t out until February 2018, but Ubisoft already has plenty to share.
On Friday, Ubisoft officially unveiled Far Cry 5 with a reveal trailer and a couple character shorts. The videos introduced gamers to members of the Resistance they’ll be fighting along as they try to take back Hope County, Montana from a violent cult run by The Father and his Heralds.
Resistance – Mary May
Resistance – Pastor Jerome Jeffries
Resistance – Nick Rye
Outside of the trailers, there’s still a lot we know about the next Far Cry. As revealed on the UbiBlog, the game will let players choose their gender and even customize their appearance – a first for the franchise. The blog update also shared that the campaign will be fully playable in two player co-op or traditional singleplayer. In the past, Far Cry featured small co-op forays like side quests, but this is the first time a buddy can join you as you take back Hope County.
The UbiBlog also discusses ways players can interact with the world in Far Cry 5. Returning to the series are “guns for hire” which can be used as back up during tough combat missions. For the first time, Far Cry 5 will also have “fangs for hire” which are things like dogs, cougars and even bears that the player can unleash on the the cult.
Lastly, Ubisoft has confirmed Far Cry 5 will see the return of the map editor where players can craft their own play spaces, enemies and opportunities for themselves (and presumably friends) to try out. The map editor first debuted in Far Cry 2 and has been a staple ever since (excluding the somewhat half-hearted Far Cry Primal).
The only thing Ubisoft has yet to touch on is competitive multiplayer. As the series has progressed, it seems the developers are less interested in “versus” modes and instead focus on co-operative experiences. At this point in time, it appears there won’t be any competitive online modes in Far Cry 5, but Ubisoft could clarify at their E3 showing on June 12th.
Additionally, as revealed by the game’s pre-order page on Xbox, the game will also see the return of a season pass. Little is known about what that might grant players, but in the past, season passes added extra campaign missions or side quests to keep players busy after the main story concluded. There’s also tons of weapons and gear players can get for pre-ordering the game. At the moment, Far Cry 5 will retail in three versions: standard, deluxe and gold. Standard and deluxe differences are primarily just additional weapons and gear while the gold version (retailing at $89.99) will also include the season pass.
For now, that’s everything we know about Far Cry 5. For more on the series, keep an eye on Ubisoft’s E3 presentation, which is live on June 12th at 1 p.m. PST/4 p.m. EST.