Far Cry: New Dawn is taking the franchise post-apocalyptic

Far Cry: New Dawn

Update: Far Cry: New Dawn is the name of the next entry in Ubisoft's action-adventure video game franchise. Set 17 years after the events of Far Cry 5 - spoilers ahead - the game follows on after an apocalyptic event descends on Hope County in America's Deep South.

This won't be Hope County as you know it, but there'll no doubt be some returning locations - and characters. So far it seems like the gunning will take place between two factions called The Survivors and The Highwaymen, with plenty of crafting and hunting with rusted post-apocalyptic weaponry and vehicles.

New Dawn could easily feel like a retread of the last game, though if it manages to blend Far Cry 5's slick mechanics with the challenges of an post-apocalyptic wasteland, Ubisoft could end up with a neat spin on a tested series formula.

Original reporting on the Far Cry teaser trailer continues below...

With the dust hardly settled on the last Far Cry entry - Far Cry 5, which released in March of this year - Ubisoft has released a new teaser trailer for the next game in the bestselling action-adventure series.

The trailer landed in the run-up to this week's Game Awards 2018 event, on Friday December 7. In the video below, you can see some peaceful American cornfields, with a seeming nuclear detonation in the background.

After some intense weather patterns, and sombre narration - "None of us were ready for the end... The flames devoured everything..." - we get a glimpse of some suitably rusted FPS weaponry that seems to run on projectile circular saws. So far, so Far Cry. Take a look at the video below and see what you think.

A wasteland worth visiting?

Warning: Spoilers ahead for Far Cry 5

The unnamed Far Cry game appears to carry on from the ending of Far Cry 5, which seen the world being destroyed by a nuclear explosion. However we don't know yet if the new title will be a direct sequel, based in Hope County once again, or something a little different.

Post-apocalyptic games are certainly on trend too. With the troubled release last month of Bethesda's Fallout 76, there may well be a player base hungry for a slicker gameplay experience in a post-apocalyptic setting.

The imagery and narration in the trailer seems to point at a post-apocalyptic setting, but we'll find out more from the worldwide reveal at The Game Awards 2018.