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Far Cry 5: Everything we know so far

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Far Cry 5: Everything you need to know about gameplay, trailers and story including out E3 hands-on impressions

Ubisoft has finally revealed Far Cry 5, welcoming us to the game’s setting, story, enemy characters as well as some friends will meet over the course of the main campaign.

Check out our Far Cry 5 FAQ below for a quick guide on everything you need to know about Ubisoft's new open-world shooter, including our hands-on impressions from E3 2017.

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Far Cry 5 release date – When's it coming out?

Far Cry 5 launches February 27, 2018 on PS4, Xbox One and PC.

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Far Cry 5 gameplay – Hands-on

The Far Cry series of games is famous for one thing: dropping you smack bang in the middle of a bad situation and leaving you to figure out how to deal with it.

Already we’ve seen poor protagonists dropped into numerous lawless frontiers, with their inhabitants ranging from the rampaging warlord gangs of Far Cry 4 to the woolly mammoths and cannibalistic neanderthals of Far Cry Primal.

That’s why I’m super-excited to see Far Cry 5 try a slightly different setting: a small town in modern-day Montana. The game puts you in the role of a police deputy, during an uprising by a local cult led by a mysterious leader, known only as Father.

While this sounds like the premise for a stereotypical action movie, Ubisoft seems to have really gone all-out in creating the right tone for the game, adding elements of Arnold Schwarzenegger's The Last Stand, Walking Tall and, dare I say it, Deliverance, to create a cast of enemies that genuinely feel unnerving.

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Even the music as I entered my hands-on demo had a slight banjo twang that made me nervous. I worried I was going to turn around and have my digital self told to “squeal like a pig” when I entered the game’s world.

The setting is one of a selection of firsts for Far Cry. Other highlights include advanced character customisation that lets you alter your hero’s appearance and choose their sex, plus full-fat cooperative support that will let you play the entire game with a buddy.

Sadly, during the demo I didn’t get a chance to test either of these features, and was instead confronted with a small segment of gameplay that felt all but identical to past Far Crys.

From the menu screen I was confronted with the choice of one of three allies, each of which, according to a Ubisoft rep, compliments a different style of play.

For the wannabe Rambo, there’s pilot Nick Rye, who grants you an airstrike ability that sees him do a fly-by with a small plane, dropping bombs as he goes. For more subtle gamers there’s sniper Grace, who offers ranged support against incoming enemies. And finally for foragers and sneakers there’s Boom the dog who, outside of being adorable, will fetch you items and help you track enemies or prey while hunting.

Having just come from Activision’s Call of Duty stand I figured explosions were the way to go and recruited Nick before jumping into the map. From here I was dropped into the start of a liberation mission, where I was supposed to clear cultists from an area of the town.

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Starting off in a hill overlooking the overrun space, like in all Far Cry games, I had a variety of ways to deal with the cult. Armed with a stealthy, silenced automatic pistol and full-fat assault rifle, I could run in with guns blazing or sneak around the town picking off my prey one at a time. But, climbing up a nearby water tower, I found a third option, thanks to the convenient placement of a sniper rifle.

Having forgotten the controls, though, a misfired attempt to pick up said rifle led to me accidentally throwing a stick of dynamite, ending any chance of a stealthy resolution.

Switching to my assault rifle I then went in on full throttle, following the same duck-and-cover approach that’s always worked in past Far Crys, before enacting my coup de grace – instructing Nick to drop a ton of explosives onto a truck full of incoming reinforcements.

Credit to Ubisoft, the ensuing segment was hilarious and felt like a scene straight out of Apocalypse Now. Upon hearing the planes’ engines whirr into overdrive the moment I marked my target, Wagner started playing in my head, and the explosions that followed looked like they’d come straight out of a Michael Bay movie.

But afterwards things again got a little samey. With the town cleared the game reverted to its previous open-world ‘go here’ mechanics. Quest markers littered the map, but from what I saw none of them were particularly different to past Far Cry missions, tasking you to either collect items, kill enemies or talk to NPCs at various locations across the map.

This mechanic felt fresh a few years ago, but these days, with stellar open-world games like the Witcher having taught us there’s a better way to do it, the A-to-B system is a little stale.

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Opening Impressions

I had a lot of fun during my time with Far Cry 5. The new creepy setting is ace, and has strong action/horror movie vibes. The addition of full-on co-op and character customisation are also a big deal that will widen the game’s appeal.

My only issue is that the core gameplay and open-world mechanics don’t seem to have been updated. In some ways this isn’t terrible, as the survival and combat mechanics are still great. But I’d have still liked to have seen at least a couple more new features during my hands-on with Far Cry 5.

Far Cry 5 – Story

In Far Cry 5 you take the role of a small town deputy in modern-day Montana. The game focuses on your fight against mysterious cult leader, Joseph Seed, whose group, The Project at Eden’s Gate, has forcibly taken control of the area.

Far Cry 5 characters – Who are they?

As well as Joseph Seed, he has three siblings known as “The Heralds” who also lead The Project at Eden’s Gate.

Not much is known about each family member yet, but considering the Far Cry series’ excellent history with memorable villains, we can’t wait to see each cult leader’s dark tale.

As well as the villains, we also got a glimpse of three key allies whom we’ll meet during the campaign.

Up first is Pastor Jerome, a preacher of Hope County who has lost his followers to The Project at Eden’s Gate. A teaser trailer shows Jerome quoting the Bible, Jeremiah 23:1 – ”Woe to the man who leads my flock astray, says the Lord”, before picking up a gun and leaving his now-decrepit church to (presumably) take on the Seeds.

We also have the owner of the local bar, Mary May. Mary May says The Project “took” her mother, father and brother, but it’s unclear whether the Seed’s killed or converted her family. Now she’s no the warpath for revenge. Oh and the bar is called “The Whistling Beaver”, because of course it is.

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Finally we have Nick Rye, a family man with a passion for planes. His father and grandfather were pilots in World War 2 and he hopes to pass on the passion for flight to his unborn son, but fears the Seed’s are destroying everything, so is taking up arms, with his biplane now equipped with a gatling gun.

Far Cry 5 animals – What can we hunt and kill?

Considering the Far Cry series is known for including a wealth of flora and fauna for us to forage and hunt to craft new and better items and equipment, it’s natural to be interested in what we can be chasing down in Far Cry 5.

While Ubisoft hasn’t released a complete list of the animals in the game, but bears, cows and deer as well as birds are present in the trailers and vignettes released thus far.

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It’s not an extensive list, but a quick search online shows that lynx, gray wolves, bighorn sheep, elk, moose, mountain lions, mountain goats and many more mammals are indigenous to Montana, so hopefully Ubisoft adds the whole lot to Far Cry 5.

Far Cry 5 vehicles – What can we drive and fly?

The early trailers have given a glimpse of some of the additional ways players will be able to traverse Hope County. A brief tease of a muscle car shows they will be featured in the game, but also players will be able to fly around the terrain with the help of Nick Rye and his planes.

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Far Cry 5 trailers

Ubisoft has released a bunch of new trailers taking a look a the world of Far Cry 5 and also vignettes of its new characters, take a look at them below:

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Mary May Vignette

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Nick Rye Vignette

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Pastor Jerome vignette

What's on your wish list for Far Cry 5? Let us know in the comments below, or check out our hands-on impressions of Far Cry 5 on the next page.

Gonzo

April 7, 2017, 6:32 pm

"Our hope is to see Far Cry return to such a setting" Who is this referring to? Primal did worse with critics than both 3 and 4. And for some reason the sales figures were not made public for the game unlike it's predecessors. I highly doubt that the Far Cry fan base really wants a back to back go around without guns, vehicles, and explosives.

Petaloudes

April 13, 2017, 12:45 pm

I would have liked suggesting to Ubisoft to make a Primal DLC with only big dinosaurs to defeat (something like the beast challenges), but their policy don't allow it.
Anyway I think it would be great return to Africa for the new episode, but I suppose they would be too tempted to reuse for the THIRD time the same models, animations and so on...
The sad thing is that with a bunch of improvements in AI, different patterns and models even the old games would be still enjoyable.

Smoke

April 23, 2017, 3:30 pm

If I see a level like shangri-la or any other parallel universe like level again, I will never play this game.

Zé Socas

May 10, 2017, 9:15 pm

Wild Western would be a very cleaver and smart move by ubisoft. Unfortunately they are not known by making smart moves, or being intelligent with this late settings and characters without depht or epicness.

Zé Socas

May 10, 2017, 9:16 pm

Western or medieval would be a blast and a hit on sales.. but they lack a brain.

pablouk

May 17, 2017, 12:08 pm

I absolutely loved playing Primal, so much more fun that 4, had nearly finished but W10 decided to have a brain-fart with one of its updates, and that was the end of that.

Paul

May 17, 2017, 2:54 pm

Loved Far Cry 3, Liked Far Cry 4 Didnt even bother with Primal

David Jenkins

May 18, 2017, 5:49 pm

Yep, loved 3 the most though, have hundreds of hours in that game, and still play it occasionally.

Paul

May 19, 2017, 3:31 pm

Things is we know the new one is going to be wildwest/civil war era so why did ubisoft say they are not done with Rook island?

If they are HD'ing Far Cry 3 for the PS4 and xbox one, I hope they add some new content.

Katsuro Nori

May 19, 2017, 4:27 pm

NO DINO'S let it be for an mid increment game (like primal),and no western setting. An amazon tribe led by a bloodthirsty (half mad,yet genius) western antagonist sounds good to me.

Joshua Campbell

May 20, 2017, 10:59 pm

I absolutely hate when game editors say dumb sh-- about FC 4 and Primal such as 'same old guard towers' or 'unoriginal gameplay'. It goes against the very principles of 'if it isn't broke don't fix it.' Case in point Battlefield 3 was amazing. Good graphics. Solid controls. Not to mention fun above all else. BF 4 could have easily been a re-skinned success, but instead DICE decided to fu-- up the entire game. There are plenty of games out there for small minded gamers and editors on a deadline to push to ruin, leave Far Cry alone.

zarathustra2k1

May 22, 2017, 7:44 pm

Huh? BF4 is a class act, my friend. I loved FC3/4/Primal (& am stoked for 5) but 'leave Britney alone' is a bit much, don't you think?
Far Cry 5 will sell a shitton - don't worry...

zarathustra2k1

May 22, 2017, 7:47 pm

If you liked FC3/4 much, you really owe it to yourself to get round to Primal at some point. I was like that & got to it late - & then enjoyed the hell out of it. :)

zarathustra2k1

May 22, 2017, 7:49 pm

lel western, so peyote/mescaline with the natives, maybe.

Upsidedown world Gaming

May 24, 2017, 3:45 pm

Native Americans, I read up on the history of Montana and 6% of the area is still home to indigenous folk.

Kim Kaos

May 26, 2017, 12:08 pm

I just want a remake of FC2 - not just a makeover - A complete redesign but keep the core-game and story

David Jenkins

June 10, 2017, 12:07 pm

They came here too, though, same as us. Though they came here 10,000 years ago or so. I'm just as native as they are.

David Jenkins

June 10, 2017, 12:09 pm

I loved 3 and 4, but not having a quick melee in Primal was weird. I know you have a club and such, but the quick knife saved me so many times in 3 and 4, I walked around in Primal with a bow, and having a quick knife would have been good. It was the main reason I got a refund on steam, didn't get a chance to play it much.

I snipe a lot, so the quick machete was a lifesaver, walking around with a sniper all the time, though the AK was damn good in both games for a beginner weapon, especially with mods(game mods, not weapon mods).

Won't be getting 5 when it is released, but only because I'll be in the last semester of my chemistry degree, and I won't have time to game at all. I'll get it when I graduate and shut myself in my room for a couple weeks.

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