Will it be a new Splinter Cell? Or maybe even a new Prince of Persia? When Ubisoft announced at the beginning of the year that five new Triple-A games were to be released by March 2021, the rumor mill literally boiled over. It wasn't really clear what the publisher was next to Watch Dogs: Legion, Gods and Monsters, Rainbow Six: Quarantine and Assassin's Creed Valhalla else in the pipeline. A good five months later, the cloak of silence has finally been released and we know: No, Sam Fisher will not make a comeback. And the prince also remains stowed in his sandy moth box. Instead, players can look forward to Far Cry 6 soon!
The open worldShooter is located in development at Ubisoft Toronto for a little over four years. After the team had already worked on the fourth and fifth series in a supporting role, the Canadians are now taking on the leading role for the first time. But they directly prove that they have internalized what characterizes a typical Far Cry.
From the Chicken Brother to El Presidente
First of all, of course, there would be a charismatic villain. There was already some speculation and leaks in advance, which we can finally officially confirm at this point: In the footsteps of Michael Mando (Vaas Montenegro from Far Cry 3) or Troy Baker (Pagan Min from Far Cry 4) Giancarlo Esposito now kicks! The US actor is well known to the masses primarily from Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul, where he embodies the businessman Gustavo Fring, who controls a huge drug empire under the guise of a chicken fast food restaurant. This "experience" could well be in Far Cry 6 (buy now for € 59.99) benefit, because Esposito also plays a rather authoritarian role there: that of El Presidente.
No, not the one from the Construction strategy series Tropico. The association is not completely absurd, after all, Far Cry 6 also takes you to a fictional Caribbean island. However, it is called Yara and is under the control of the authoritarian despot Anton Castillo. He is committed to the goal of returning the island to its former glory – at all costs. Under the slogan "Reconstruir el Paraíso" (in English "Rebuilding Paradise"), he has therefore converted Yara into a slave-holding state. While the poor have to buckle, those in power wallow in money, drugs and violence.
"Far Cry has such a rich story about bad guys," Creative Director Navid Khavari told us later in an interview, "it was a dream come true to work with Giancarlo Esposito. We couldn't imagine anyone with this complex nuanced character could play better. " Castillo is not only an unscrupulous dictator with strange morals, but also the father of a 13-year-old son named Diego. A fact that should give the story, which is of course about the inevitable revolution on Yara, yet more depth and dynamism.
A hint of Just Cause
Of course, the makers didn't want to give us much more about the plot. Details will not be available until later. At least our character was brought closer to us during the presentation: it goes by the name of Dani Rojas and is a male or female ex-soldier who was involuntarily drawn into the rebellion against Castillo and is now part of the resistance. With guerrilla tactics, you now defend yourself against the superior oppressors and have to count every stroke.
That awakens a little memory of the Struggle for freedom from Just Cause, Far Cry seems to maintain the serial DNA playfully. Unfortunately, we haven't seen any real gameplay yet, but the screenshots shown so far already paint a fairly familiar picture: a huge game world that you have to liberate from its evil occupiers with all sorts of weapons. You use everything the island has to offer in terms of resources. As in Far Cry: New Dawn, improvised makeshift gadgets will therefore be the focus of the first-person shootings. The first artworks, for example, showed a kind of rocket launcher from a tube.
The developers also had a few additional pieces of information ringing through during the presentation: the guns and fangs for hire known from the predecessors, for example, are making a comeback, as is the co-op mode. In Far Cry 6 you will also be able to make the environment unsafe with AI-controlled and human companions. According to the developers, it is probably the largest in series history to date, but it also offers a lot of variety. In addition to rural areas, Yara also offers beach promenades, settlements and of course the impressive capital Esperanza – the lion's den, as the developers call it.
The most ambitious Far Cry so far
In terms of optics, the makers were clearly inspired by Cuba, but also added a few dark elements to the Caribbean charm. So there is a permanent contrast between impressive postcard panoramas and gloomy guerrilla battlefields, which should give the game a very special feeling. "We didn't want to focus too much on drama and depressing elements, but also to balance the overall picture with humor and lightness," Narrative Director Khavari revealed in the conversation. "This affects both story and art design."
Accordingly, Far Cry 6 is the most ambitious part of the series. The, quote, "epic" story is accompanied by a completely open game structure, which allows you to tackle the Open World in any way and so should offer every player an individual experience. In addition, the staging was raised to a new level: compared to the two direct predecessors, your avatar is set to music again and appears in various cut scenes. They not only look good thanks to actors like Alex Fernandez (Without a Trace) or director Patrick Clair (Westworld), but thanks to composer Pedro Bromfman (Narcos) they also have the right background music. So everything that we have seen so far from Far Cry 6 definitely made a promising impression.
A little stomach ache is only the announcement that the game will be released on February 18, 2021 in a total of four versions for PC and consoles. The unsightly term "Season Pass" appears in the descriptions of the Gold, Collector's and Ultimate Edition. There is also talk of DLCs and costumes. So it is quite possible that Far Cry 6 will again have microtransactions or other payment content. In the predecessor, about talent points or Real money resource packs to buy. Before we jump to conclusions here, we'd better wait and see what Ubisoft says on the subject itself.
Conclusion so far
You like the look, now it depends on the gameplay!
After a presentation of almost 20 minutes, it is of course not possible to say at all whether Far Cry 6 will be a success or not. However, there were a few promising approaches in any case: The setting appeals, Giancarlo Esposito promises to become a terrific villain and even minor adjustments such as the musical characters are a welcome step forward (or back – in Far Cry 4 they already existed). Now it depends on the feeling of the game. Even if Far Cry 6 again relies on the well-known loop of viewpoints, a huge map with mission markers to be flicked off and sloppy shooting gallery action with stupid AI opponents, even the most fantastic staging does nothing. So let's hope that Ubisoft Toronto also has some gameplay innovations in store.
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