You wanted it. Ubisoft is giving it to you. Permadeath is coming to Far Cry Primal. Thomas Simon, the game director for Far Cry Primal, explains why the team is adding this free mode. “The idea of doing this mode actually started from the team, saying they wanted to create this mode based on feedback they got from the community,” said Simon. “The keystone of that survival mode is the change in the exploration, crafting, and difficulty of the game to make it even more realistic. After that, there are options the player can activate to go further.”

Primal fans were already doing everything they could to make the game feel more ‘authentic.’ Well, as authentic as a game set in the Stone Age in Central Europe using the map based off Far Cry’s journey into the Himalayas could be.

Turning off the HUD is a good place to start to gear up for April’s update. Most of Ubisoft’s open-world games are a good time, but that mini-map looks like it was designed for hoarders. How many different side missions, gathering spots and collectables do you need to cram on one map?

Is permadeath taking it too far for you? Ubisoft is adding a ‘second-chance’ option. This gives you some room for the ‘oh-shit’ moments. This option can also be replenished at certain completion points throughout the game.

Permadeath and difficulty are not mutually exclusive. Do you want the risk of permadeath without the insane difficulty? Go for it. The developers aren’t tying permadeath to a specific difficulty.

Takkar is taken down a notch

Permadeath won’t be the only big change in how you play Far Cry Primal. A new stamina gauge is being added. Now, you can’t fast travel to your heart’s content. Takkar needs sleep and if you don’t get it, he’ll be slower and weaker.

The changes also extend to combat. That stone-cold killing machine we call an owl? You won’t be able to kill enemies with it anymore. Plus, crafting takes a few seconds now. So ammo won’t magically appear in your pocket instantaneous. It’ll take a few seconds for them to do so.

Far Cry Primal taming

The nerfs to Takkar keep coming. “The most powerful beasts you control, like Sabretooth tigers and bears, will not let themselves be tamed so easily,” says Simon. “You’re going to have to fight them up to the moment that they are at half-life, then bait them and tame them.”

Permadeath also affects your animals. Your legendary Sabretooth get taken out? He’s gone for good. You will have a chance to save them, but the developers don’t go into details.

It’s not all bad news for Takkar, though. His Hunter Vision gets a nice increase.

Survival mode is coming to PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC on April 12. Are you playing Primal on a beast of a PC? The April 12 update also includes 4K textures. Ubisoft will show off more of Survivor mode during a livestream on April 7th at 9:30 am PDT. Look for specific details on how each new mechanic works in-game.

It’s awesome Ubisoft is supporting Primal this much. Say what you want about their recent games, but Ubisoft is upping their support big time.

Do you plan on going through Takkar’s adventure again? Or, does this new mode make you want to buy it?

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