There’s a new Far Cry game coming, and it will be here much sooner than you think. Ubisoft teased it yesterday but made it official today. Far Cry Primal is coming to PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on February 23, 2016. A PC release will follow shortly after in March 2016.
What is Far Cry Primal?
The latest entry into the Far Cry franchise journeys into the distant past. It’s the Stone Age, and your enemy isn’t gun-wielding humans. This is a time when huge mammoths and fierce sabertooth tigers ruled the world. A time before technology pushed us to the top of the food chain.
“You will play as Takkar, a seasoned hunter and the last surviving member of your group. You have one goal: survival in a world where you are the prey,” reads a description of the game.
You can see what happens to your group in the announcement trailer below.
It’s not just animals you need to worry about, either. The last snippet of the trailer shows another tribe attacking you.
Far Cry Primal sounds like it’s much more of a survival approach. “It’s all about hunting. It’s all about fighting another tribe that is trying to take your stuff. It’s all about gathering food and materials to survive,” says Narrative Director Jean-Sebastien Decant.
One concern I and many of you have is weapon variety. Far Cry’s gameplay was always top notch. But what weapons? A bow is cool and all, but I don’t want to be stuck with the same weapon the entire game.
Art Director Mickael Labat tries to ease those concerns. “Stone Age man was already quite advanced – he knew how to use stone in 150 different ways,” says Labat. “So we have an enormous variety of weapons – spears, bows, blades, clubs.” Every weapon is made with the raw materials you will gather.
“This is one element of the Stone Age that we’re really excited to introduce to Far Cry,” Labat added.
With the heavier focus on survival comes a day and night cycle. That means more predators at night.
Check out a bit more about what the developers have to say about Far Cry Primal in the behind the scenes video below.
Ubisoft is taking a risk
Ubisoft does develop and publish more diverse (and risky) games. But this doesn’t often bleed into their AAA titles like Assassin’s Creed and Far Cry. They did release Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon, but that wasn’t priced as a full-fledged release. Far Cry Primal is.
Far Cry Primal is a risk, but one I’m happy to see Ubisoft take. It’s not every day you see games set in prehistoric times. I can’t help but wonder if the success of sandbox survival games (Rust, DayZ, H1Z1) influenced this entry. Ok, now all I want is a Battle Royale type multiplayer mode to come with Far Cry Primal. Make it happen Ubisoft.