It’s safe to say most of us were caught off guard earlier this week when Far Cry 5 was announced, particularly just weeks ahead of E3 2017. Today, we were offered a further glimpse of the game with Ubisoft’s official announcement trailer for the upcoming title.
Far Cry 5, as described on Ubisoft’s website:
Welcome to Hope County, Montana, land of the free and the brave, but also home to a fanatical doomsday cult known as Eden’s Gate. Stand up to the cult’s leader, Joseph Seed, and his siblings, the Heralds, and spark the fires of resistance that will liberate your besieged community.
Fight in solo or two-player co-op modes to free Hope County from the grip of the deadly cult of Eden’s Gate.
Recruit guns and fangs for hire to wreak havoc on the cult, but beware the wrath of Joseph Seed and his followers.
Build your character and carve your own path through the largest, most customizable Far Cry game ever!
Take control of dynamic toys, such as muscle cars, ATVs, planes, and more, in epic fights against the cult forces.
There are a few points to unpack there.
First and foremost (for me, at any rate), is the confirmation there will be two-player co-op in this entry. When I played through various parts of Far Cry 4 with a friend, the over the top silliness was all the better. I’m looking forward to exploring Hope County in tandem with a co-op partner.
As per the statement above, the game world will be larger than ever, and that’s a bit of a dizzying prospect.
We also find here that we will be able to control planes. I imagine hijinks will ensue once I’m given access to airplanes.
I’ve seen early reports of concern that Far Cry 5 is pushing boundaries for being potentially offensive or inappropriate, but to that I say, I hope Ubisoft sticks to their proverbial guns on this one. The game may take place in the United States, but this is clearly a fictional situation. One of the things I’ve always loved most about the Far Cry series is just how gonzo the whole thing gets at times. I like that the game isn’t always appropriate. I like that you never know quite what to expect. I like that it pushes. I hope Ubisoft makes no apology for the direction of this game and doubles down on their vision. I want to see how this plays out.
A release date was also announced of February 27, 2018.
Today’s official announcement trailer can be seen here:
What do you think of the direction Far Cry 5 is taking? Are you excited or apprehensive?
Also, what will you be playing this weekend?
I’ve been able to play a couple of hours of games here and there, so I’m not only hoping to make that final push in Destiny from 399 light to 400 (at last!), but to hopefully get to at least a couple of the smaller games that have recently released as well.
Please be safe out there!