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Far Cry 5 release date, news, rumours, trailers, gameplay and everything we know

E3 2017 is less than a month away and Ubisoft has now confirmed that Far Cry 5 will be set in America's Hope County.

Recent rumours suggested that Far Cry 5 would be heading to Montana, and now Ubisoft has confirmed the reports with a series of teaser trailers, which you can watch below:

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This is the first of five small teaser trailers released by the developer ahead of a worldwide reveal on May 25, which TrustedReviews will be on hand to provide you with all the latest details from! Until then, we've got all the latest news and rumours including its release date, gameplay, setting, characters and more. We've also put together a quick wishlist of things we'd love to see.

Far Cry 5 is a Spaghetti Western?

According to previous reports, Far Cry 5 is set in 19th century America, and is a Spaghetti Western. The recent confirmation of the game being set in Hope County, Montana, looks set to confirm these rumours.

The rumour started when the Great Falls Tribune reported that a church in northeastern Montana was set to feature in an upcoming video game, described as a "sequel to an existing global franchise", due to release in September.

This then snowballed with NeoGAF posters providing keen theories on the choice of the church and, initially – and wrongly – thinking it was for Red Dead Redemption 2, before Kotaku's Jason Schreier corrected them. Schreier then teased "you guys are good!" when somebody suggested the game would be Far Cry 5.

Schreier is a well-respected games journalist who often has detailed information about titles ahead of launch. He famously had huge insight into Destiny and its story ahead of that game's unveiling. So this information is certainly worth paying attention to – and, thankfully, it's only a month before we find out for certain what the game is!

Far Cry 5 release date – When is it coming out?

An official announcement at E3 2017 alongside a potential release date seems likely, with the hope that the game will arrive at the tail-end of the year or early 2018. However, Ubisoft is yet to confirm the project’s existence.

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Far Cry 5 wish list – What we’d love to see

Dinosaurs!

The idea of Far Cry combining its brilliant modern formula with prehistoric lizards is tantalising, especially after it did so in robot form in Blood Dragon. Its mixture of open-world exploration and dynamic hunting would be perfect for such an adventure. Primal was a half-step, but felt more akin to a spinoff than a full-blooded sequel. In a nutshell, we want Far Cry 5 to be the Turok reboot for which we've literally been waiting decades.

Expand on the Ubisoft formula

Despite its gorgeous virtual playground and fun repertoire of skills, Far Cry: Primal was a clear victim of Ubisoft’s now formulaic open-world design ethos. The gameplay loop of finding a tower and playing a tedious game of icon janitor remained untouched from what was established in Far Cry 3 several years ago. Having the ability to tame the world’s wildlife was a cool distraction, but lacked the depth required to truly change things. It’s a high bar to reach, but The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild showcased perfectly how an open world can allow the player to freely experiment without holding their hand. Far Cry 5 should lead by example and break new ground.

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Yet another brilliant villain

Vaas was subject to mountains of critical acclaim upon the release of Far Cry 3. Mentally unhinged and chock-full of truly demented dialogue, he remains a character highlight in a series filled with memorable personalities.

Troy Baker’s Pagan Min was equally crazy, yet his lack of screen time made Far Cry 4’s snowy mountains feel a little docile by comparison. Far Cry 5 needs a new antagonist engineered to be feared. Heck, if dinosaurs are involved he might be capable of commanding an army of the prehistoric creatures. It would be incredibly silly, yet undeniably cool.

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Diverse outposts

A frequent highlight of Far Cry can be found in taking over the dozens of outposts spread across the map. These can be tackled however you like, as long as you have the right equipment to hand. You could sneak in, deactivate the alarm and stab your enemy in the back. Alternatively, you might litter the ground with C4 before engaging in a bloody battle of hellacious gunfire. The possibilities are endless, provided you have an imagination worthy of your arsenal. Unfortunately, the blueprint of these instances soon became predictable. It was far too easy to anticipate enemy behaviour and disable every single alarm from afar.

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More enemy variety

We'd love to see a wider palette of bad guys coming our way in Far Cry 5. Something more than the typical light, medium and heavy variants players have come to associate with the series. Typical soldiers are nothing more than glorified bullet sponges that are trivial to outsmart with whatever weapons you have to hand. Ubisoft should strive to offer a more diverse challenge with Far Cry 5, breaking away from the now archetypal formula with adversaries that require a real sense of strategy to defeat.

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What's on your wish list for Far Cry 5? Let us know in the comments below.

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.

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