Far Cry 5 release date, news and rumors

Pack your bags for Hope County, Montana

Update: Here it is, the Far Cry 5 announcement trailer! You can watch it below and you'll be able to play it on February 27 2018.

At two minutes long this new trailer gives us significantly more information than we had before, even if that's still not much. The biggest thing is, of course, the release date of February 27 2018. 

As we expected, the villains of Far Cry 5 will be a religious cult, hell bent (if you'll excuse our choice of words) on cleansing the town of Hope County of sinners. Whether they like it or not. 

The trailer starts by showcasing the sleepy American town of Hope County in Montana, with the quiet but menacing voice over of the game's antagonist playing. In a slow build up, the trailer takes a turn with a gunshot when we're introduced to the religious cult that appears to have taken over the town at bible and gun point.

Then the Far Cry chaos we know and love begins. We see gunfire, airplanes, wild truck chases, wild animal chases all in quick succession. Finally at the end we see the back of what we imagine will be our antagonist, preaching to a wildly cheering congregation. 

Ubisoft states that as Deputy Sheriff, your arrival in the game's region "incites the cult to violently seize control of the region" and it's up to you to ignite a resistance and liberate Hope County.

Ubisoft say the player will be able to "freely explore Hope County’s rivers, lands, and skies with the largest customizable weapon and vehicle roster ever in a Far Cry game."

Interestingly, the trailer is wrapped in PlayStation 4 logos. The game will be cross platform but this does suggest to us that PlayStation owners will get some exclusive content when the game is released. 

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Thanks to a recent earnings report, we now know that Far Cry 5 is officially coming and now that we've seen the announcement trailer we know it'll be released on February 27 2018. 

E3 2017 is rapidly approaching and it looks like Far Cry 5 is going to be one of Ubisoft's lead titles this year. 

We’ve gathered together everything we know so far about Far Cry 5 right here and we’ve even added a couple of things we’d like to see for good measure.

Cut to the chase

  • What is it? The next installment in the open world first-person shooter franchise
  • What can I play it on? PS4, Xbox One and PC
  • When can I play it? February 27 2018

Far Cry 5 trailers

Far Cry 5's first trailer is available to watch below in all its glory. 

Alongside this announcement trailer, Ubisoft released a series of character trailers which give details on some of the interesting NPCs players will meet in Hope County and possibly recruit to their resistance when playing the game. It's likely they'll have useful skills individual to them that the player will be able to take advantage of.

Mary May: The Barkeep

Pastor Jerome Jeffries

Nick Rye: The Pilot

Our first look at Far Cry 5 came on Monday, May 22 when Ubisoft dropped the first teaser trailer for the game. 

The 40-second trailer didn't offer much of an idea of when the game is going to be set, but it did tell us where: Hope County Montana. 

Far Cry 5 release date

The game's announcement trailer revealed that the game would be available from February 27 2018. 

That's very early to be announcing a firm release date, and we'd be surprised if the game didn't get pushed back at least once. 

News and rumors

Where will it be set?

The Far Cry series has taken us to a wide range of places including lush tropical islands, cold mountain ranges, and dry savannas. Until Far Cry Primal took us back to the Stone Age, the action always took place in roughly the present day. Now that we’ve been across the world and traveled through time, it was initially actually fairly hard to predict where and when Far Cry may decide to take us next. 

Rumors initially suggested that we were heading to 19th century America for a Spaghetti Western. Now that we've seen the concept art and trailer, the mid-western American setting is certainly accurate and we know we're heading to Hope County Montana, but the time period certainly isn't the 19th century.

Far Cry 5 will definitely be set in the modern day.

What's the story?

The game will this time revolve around a religious cult in the USA called The Project, which rises up to take control of the town of Hope County when your character arrives in town. 

You'll play a deputy sheriff trying to take them down. The leader of The Project is Joseph Seed, who calls himself The Father, and he resolutely believes that the end of days is coming and it's up to him to save the town whether they like it or not. 

A recent teaser image suggested this might be as much. The image recreated Da Vinci's The Last Supper painting, populating it with stereotypical rural American characters and imagery. Woolen check shirts, bears, Bowie knives, magnums, pie, steak, the American flag. It's all there. 

The loaded Da Vinci reference isn't the only reason it looks like the game will feature a religious cult either – the bound prisoner with Sinner marked on his back and the church in the background are more fairly (read intensely) strong hints. 

So if the bad guys are crazy cultists who are you? Apparently the player will take on the role of a deputy sheriff who ends up at odds with them. The player will be given the option to customize their character's vehicles and weapons though in what ways remains unclear. 

In a change for the series the player will also be able to customize the character they play, choosing whether they'd like to play a man or a woman and their skin color. 

The announcement trailer for the game also showed a host of characters will potentially be on the side of the protagonist. It seems that the player will be able to hire a few more Hope County residents to fight the violence of the cult with violence of their own. 

Ubisoft released a series of trailers giving a few more details on some of these wider characters you'll be able to interact with including Mary May, Pastor Jerome Jeffries, and Nick Rye. According to creative director Dan Hay, these characters will be individuals with opinions and personalities of their own, rather than simply AI figures waiting around to give you missions which should really bring a sense of life to the game and hopefully an extra layer to gameplay.

Gameplay

Naturally it's hard to glean too much about gameplay from a trailer but we do get some hints at things that will feature in the game.

This will be an open world adventure like previous Far Cry titles. It also looks like vehicles will feature heavily, ranging from trucks and sports cars to gun-equipped planes and boats. Not only will vehicles be needed to traverse the terrain of Montana, it appears you'll be engaging in gun battles from all of these vehicles too. 

According to Ubisoft, vehicles and weapons will be customizable (more than they've been in any previous Far Cry game) so it'll be interesting to see what we'll be able to do with them. 

It also looks like hunting will make a return. In the trailer we see a character fishing and a character being chased by a wild bear so it'd be surprising if your character wasn't able to hunt and use animal skins as has been possible in previous games. 

There will also be a guns for hire element to the game. According to the creative director Dan Hays, the player will be able to hire characters in the world to help them fight The Family. 

It seems that each of these characters has their own back story and motivations so it's likely that the player will have to interact with them and form relationships to convince them to help rather than have immediate access to them. 

Things we'd like to see

A great villain

Some of our favorite villains in gaming have come from the Far Cry franchise and we’d love to see that continue. In a first person shooter where your hero can’t have a great deal of presence, it’s utterly essential to have a good antagonist that players can engage with. 

We think the hints that players will be taking on a religious cult leader creates a great opportunity for a truly excellent and extremely controversial villain.

A refreshed formula

Ubisoft games have become somewhat notorious for filling large game maps with icons for repetitive quests leading to games that can feel like a laborious exercise in map clearing. Far Cry: Primal mixed things up slightly by making it possible to engage more with the game world but we’d like to see Far Cry 5 go even further and make what will undoubtedly be a large game map feel worth its scale.