Hype couldn’t even describe this game right now. It has something for everyone! Fishing, customizing semi trucks and big-rigs, and off-roading. Oh, and it has razing a fanatical violent cult to the ground with RPG’s and grizzly bears as allies. Far Cry 5‘s latest story trailer shows cultists can be taken with a grizzly bear as easily as they can with regular weaponry.
I really really really hope there are some new mechanics at play here. If it’s just a big map with Ubisoft’s classic radio towers to climb and outposts to liberate, I’ll be very disappointed. No one wants Far Cry 4 with an American outback skin. Well, maybe you do, but I like innovation and the trailers thus far for Far Cry 5 really make it seem unique. Unique, modern setting, unique storyline, unique characters. If the gameplay isn’t unique, then I may just give up on hope with the Far Cry franchise like I’ve given up on the Assassin’s Creed series.
Yes, liberating outposts is fun and exciting. Yes, climbing radio towers is… well, you know. But take what made your previous iterations and enhance them, not rehash them. Make your outposts vertical, introduce parkour, for the love of Aisha, nail down and polish your “stealth” mechanics. Do something that reinvigorates the series. Hell, Assassin’s Creed did it with boats, and it blew sales out of the water (yeah, I know)!
It does seem Ubisoft is listening to some of their fans, though. They heard loud and clear how amazing and out-of-left-field fun Far Cry 3‘s DLC, Blood Dragon was. Thus, they announced the DLC for Far Cry 5 already which, rather than expand on the main game, takes players in 3 vastly different directions. One piece of DLC will have the player fight through hordes of zombies, another will have you travel to Vietnam and battle the Viet Cong, and the third DLC will be a time-traveling trip in a space suit to Mars to fight massive alien spiders. I don’t know about you, but that sounds absolutely bananas, in the best way possible.
Far Cry 5 is slated to release on Xbox One, PS4, and PC on March 27th, 2018. Are you hyped to liberate cultist outposts as opposed to ones in Nepal? Let us know in the comments!