With the reveal of Far Cry 5 being set in a closed up setting, the Hope County in Montana, we were all skeptical about how the game would fare. The series is known to be set in exotic, far-off locations like the Himalayas. With the gameplay trailer and the official trailer displayed at the E3 2017 yesterday, Ubisoft proved us all wrong and we might be in for one of the most thought-provoking, political and exciting game.
Like its predecessors, Far Cry 5 takes on a political theme that is based on liberating the American community in Montana from extremist Christian militia that is controlled by ‘The Father’ Joseph Seed, the extremist cult leader. In the demo of the game showed at E3, the game featured three AI-controlled partners namely: Grace Armstrong, the sniper; Nick Rye, the pilot; and Boomer the dog (yes, you can control a dog!) – all with their own specialties. The game will also introduce new weaponry including baseball bats, pitchforks and sledgehammers.
Far Cry 5 also explores resistant fighters, rebel gangs and fighting against a cult. In fact, some might associate Far Cry 5 to the current political system in the US.
Executive Producer, Dan Hay, was reported to have discussed this haunting similarity as well. “I get that question a fair amount. Our intention was not to make a specific political statement. Our intention was to build an environment and build a situation that felt real.”
He also further elaborated his statement saying, “It has been eerie, is the word I would use. Usually when you’re making a game, you take a break, you walk outside, you go have lunch, and the conversations that take place at lunch that you’re listening to are vastly different from the conversations that are happening in the game. That is not the case in this game. And it’s been strange.”
Then came the question of the debatable setting selected for the new game. According to an interview by GameSpot, Hay said: “I think it’s kind of a chicken-and-egg question, so I don’t know if it was the setting being America that made us think about how we change the story. But we definitely wanted to build a story that wasn’t linear, we wanted to build a story where you could just meet people, and that it was believable that they would know each other.
There are certain things and there’s a style and there’s a tone to it that feel real. And so I think for us it was just about making it feel real, right? And the other thing to that we wanted to focus on was–a lot of times people expect Far Cry to get you on a plane, or a boat, and send you 6,000 miles away. But some of things that are most interesting happen in your own backyard. So we wanted people to investigate that, right? That something that’s really close or something that’s nearby could be just as exotic or just as surprising, or even more so.”
Different editions have already been announced for the game, along with their respective prices. Far Cry 5 Standard Edition costs $60, Far Cry 5 Deluxe Edition costs $70 and Far Cry 5 Gold Edition with all the possible content costs $100.
Far Cry 5 will be released on February 27th, 2018. The game will be launched for the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. Although the release date is months away, you can pre-order the game right now!