The Far Cry series and Ubisoft are the juggernauts when it comes to releasing games. There are several of them that are out already that was released with good reception from fans. However, the usual formula is a bit stale nowadays. People still play, sure. But there are a few things that people feel are a bit dated. That all changed, however, when Ubisoft released a cinematic trailer for Far Cry 6, and this time, it’s set in an urban setting.
For now, let’s take a closer look at this new game, as well as what’s currently been revealed, and what fans of the franchise might want to have when the game is finally launched.
What Is Far Cry?
Far Cry is a series of FPS or first-person shooter games from Ubisoft. Crytek used to be the game’s leading developer team, but the games are now developed in-house by Ubisoft. The first game in the series, Far Cry, was made by Crytek to premiere their CryEngine software and came out in March 2004. Later on, Ubisoft got the rights to the game franchise and thus, most of the game’s development is handled in-house by the studio Ubisoft Montreal with assistance from other Ubisoft studios.
The games in the series that follow after the original Far Cry use a Ubisoft-modified version of the original CryEngine, which the Ubisoft developers dubbed the Dunia Engine. The new engine gave the Far Cry games the capability for open-world gameplay, making the current gaming series we know today. Currently, there’s been five main games in the whole series, as well as three standalone expansions.
Because of the series’ development history, the Far Cry games usually don’t have any huge shared narrative elements. They don’t have any tie-ins to previous installments of the series at all. However, they instead have a similar, some would even say running theme of putting the player character in an environment where the protagonist must help in fighting against a single, or sometimes multiple, dictators, despots, or even psychopaths that have control over the region they’re on.
The Far Cry games also have a pretty robust single-player campaign, with the series’ later titles adding in the ability to have co-op campaign support. They also added in some competitive multiplayer modes, as well as the ability for the players to change and edit the games’ maps for said matches.
What Do We Know So Far About Far Cry 6?
Story and Setting
The new installment in the Far Cry Series is about a dictator by the name of Anton Castillo. The dictator is trying to rule the island nation of Yara, all while various freedom fighters and armed groups fight to wrest control of the country from him. Meanwhile, players will take on the role of one of the many resistance fighters on Yara named.
The individual, whose name is Dani Rojas, fights for Yara’s sovereignty. Meanwhile, Castillo continues to use propaganda to subjugate his people, while also preparing his son Diego to rule in his place in the far future.
Frozen in Time
The game’s narrative director Navid Khavari stated that Far Cry 6 is set in the present day. However, the country itself will seem like it’s still in the 1960s. This is because the nation’s been metaphorically “frozen in time” ever since then. Khavari also hinted that all of the game’s weapons, vehicles, and even the aesthetics are going to be from the period. Khavari states that he thinks that the first thing they noticed was that a big part of their fanbase wanted to go back to a more tropical environment and that when players start a new Far Cry, game players always want to look at someplace where they’ve never been before in the previous installments of the series.
And last but not the least, Khavari stated that they wanted to make a story about revolution. Following that, when telling a story about revolution, it’s a logical conclusion to talk about guerrilla warfare. Thus, to make the game, they decided to go to Cuba to do some research. In addition to that though, they also wanted to tell a story about a nation that’s nearly or metaphorically frozen in time. It’s sort of like a living postcard that’s back in the 1960s that the game’s players can experience and explore.
After that, the developers wanted to add in some contrast. The new leader of the island, Anton, stated that he wants to take the nation back to the good old days, back to when they were wealthy and rich. However, with Antón making the paradise, it’s not going to be for everyone. For Anton, he espouses the idea that paradise comes at a cost. And he will force people to do his bidding to do so.
Thus, the dynamic that the developers want is this beautiful and idyllic “living postcard” theme, complete with picturesque landscapes, the old and vintage cars, and just the imagery of the 1960s. All the while contrasting that with the incredible oppression of the current regime that Yara is in on that game’s present.
Release Date and Availability
Far Cry 6 is slated to be released next year, on February 18th, 2021. The game will also be made available on the next-gen consoles PS5, and Xbox Series X, as well as the previous-gen PS4, and Xbox One. The game will also be released on Google Stadia, as well as PC.
The world of Far Cry 6 is set in an urban setting, with a very 1960s feel. The island of Yara is symbolically frozen in time in part due to the actions of the dictator Anton Castillo. Also, the game is going to be set in an urban setting, with what seems to be a mixture of gritty streets and high rise buildings here and there. In addition to this, due to Anton Castillo, the streets appear to be in a perpetual state of war between protesters and police in riot gear as well as government militia.
In short, expect a lot of people shooting at you while you’re trying to survive the island of Yara.
Combat and Gameplay
The Far Cry games are primarily FPS games that have some action-adventure mixed in. When compared to the first game in the series, Far Cry 2 and the next entries after have gone for a more open-world style of gameplay. Complete with main and side missions for players to complete.
There’s nearly no narrative or chronological elements in between all the Far Cry Games. Instead, all of the games generally have a shared theme of putting the player in “a lawless frontier”— a place where societal values and laws are either non-functional. These locations put player at a disadvantage. Also, these locations require the player to fend off wildlife and survive. The player will usually then need to work with various groups that are attempting to take back control of the area they’re in from said area’s ruling party, and there might be instances when they have to choose between different sides of said area’s conflict and need to put them both against each other through their actions.
Based on Real Conflicts
There are a few of the series’ games that have inspiration from realistic conflicts, while others included elements of fantasy or even science fiction. The developers of the series, Ubisoft Montreal, actually considered that all the games in the series have the same fictional universe and did reuse some of the minor characters throughout the series to maintain that. Otherwise, each of the games can be standalone titles.
In addition to this, a few things from previous games are going to make a comeback. One of the most notable features is the Guns for Hire mechanic.
Guns for Hire Mechanic
The Guns for Hire mechanics in Far Cry 5 are essentially people that players can recruit to fight with you. There are multiple Guns and Fangs for Hire that you can get in Far Cry 5. Also, it seems that there are going to be a few of them as well on Far Cry 6. The new name for the feature is “Amigos for Hire,” the most notable being a wiener dog in a wheelchair by the name of Chorizo.
Other than this, the game will play similar enough to the other Far Cry installments and we’ll have to wait for any future updates to see if there’s anything new on the game that the developers haven’t released yet.
What’s New About Far Cry 6 vs Far Cry 5?
The game may only have a few minutes of cinematic trailers currently out, but there are already a few things that make it a different beast compared to the other Far Cry Games. Here are some things that make this game different from the previous installment, Far Cry 5:
The game has a really big difference in setting when compared to Far Cry 5. For one, the game’s set in that world’s version of the Caribbean with the island nation of Yara. Meanwhile, Far Cry 5 revolves around the US countryside. Also, while the fifth game has you fighting insurgents and cults all around said countryside. The sixth game has you as an insurgent yourself, in an urban environment, fighting for the freedom and independence of your nation. Setting and plot-wise, there’s a pretty big difference between the two installments.
Combat in the Far Cry series is typically a pretty simple affair. You shoot enemies and various wild animals, sometimes there’s sneaking segments, other times you’re high with power and start the mission as an OP combatant with a particular weapon, the list goes on.
However, the thing that should be on people’s radar is the verticality of the game.
Because of the setting, players need to consider how the game’s verticality will affect combat. From how they deal with far off opponents to the various corners from where enemies are hiding and the alleyways that are easily setups for ambushes.
Other Gameplay Mechanics
Another thing that they can improve on in Far Cry 6 is Weapon Customization.
Far Cry 5 added in a weapon customization system. This lets the players set up the weapons that they wish to use the way they want. When New Dawn came out, however, the game didn’t have this feature anymore. Players got pre-made weapons, and they can’t change the scopes and other miscellaneous attachments to fit their playstyle.
This was a big deal for a lot of fans. This is true for Far Cry: New Dawn because there’s a lot of changes that the fans didn’t agree on. Not only were the game’s main villains reduced to what fans consider just “evil for evil’s sake, but” the gameplay of the game was also lacking this feature. Weapons that the players are not customizable which is a big negative.
However, this is not to say that the weapon customization options that Far Cry 5 had were much deeper. Because while it did allow players to trick out their preferred weapons, it could be better and more profound. This is the hope of many fans in the franchise that Far Cry 6 can deliver on.