We’ve had unforgettable adventures on the sun-kissed Rook Islands, hunted ancient beasts with nothing more than bows and spears, and wreaked havoc at the foot of the Himalayan mountains – and that’s before we even factor in the psychedelic, 80s-infused adventure that is Far Cry: Blood Dragon – but for Far Cry 5, Ubisoft is situating its open-world sequel in the United States for the first time in the franchise’s decorated history.
More specifically, Far Cry 5 will take place in the fictional setting of Hope Country, Montana, and the publisher has today unveiled four live-action promos designed to give you a brief overview of rural America. When pulled together, this info dump can be seen as an enticing appetizer for the main event – that main event being a worldwide reveal on Friday, May 26th. No word yet on whether Ubisoft’s presentation will be livestreamed via Twitch; in all likelihood, the industry giant will lift the curtain on some form of cinematic trailer (along with a release date, perhaps?) before delving a little deeper into the game’s minutia at E3 next month.
As this is a Far Cry game, players can expect a familiar concoction of open-world gameplay and survival mechanics, and after the somewhat mixed reaction to Far Cry 4 – many believed Ubisoft’s Asian-set romp was little more than a re-skinned version of its wildly successful predecessor – we’re fascinated to see how the studio takes the franchise forward. Moreover, today’s snippets all but rule out a Western theme, and it appears as though Ubi’s sequel will revolve around seedy religious cults as opposed to swashbuckling cowboys.
Far Cry 5 is one of four AAA tentpoles incubating in various stages of development over at Ubisoft. The as-yet-untitled Assassin’s Creed is naturally the biggest of the bunch – word is that Ubi has selected Egypt for its next clandestine adventure – though one would assume South Park: The Fractured But Whole is the furthest along in production. A mid-October release date has been locked in for the irreverent sequel which, along with The Crew 2, is expected to launch sometime before March 31st, 2018.
Check back to We Got This Covered on Friday, May 26th, when we’ll have full coverage of Ubisoft’s reveal.