Ubisoft has released the official announce trailer for Far Cry 5 - Watch it above!
Previous games in the Far Cry saga have gone to some interesting tropical locations, including the Indian and Pacific Oceans (Far Cry 3) and Kyrat (Far Cry 4). But it's also veered off course to take us to interesting new places, including outer space (Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon) and even the Stone Age (Far Cry Primal). However, we have yet to see the series really take a chance and base itself on an utterly real – and somewhat frightening location. But that'll change with the next chapter in the series, Far Cry 5.
That's because this particular entry actually takes part in the heart of America – in this case, Hope County, Montana. Now, while that may not be the dreamy locale you've come to expect from the series, it's one that's definitely a fit for the series, especially once you learn who you're up against.
Who Are You Up Against?
The main villain for Far Cry 5 is Joseph. He's the "father" of a cult that's truly devoted and prepared for keeping things going their own way in America – even if that means punishing those that don't believe in what he believes. And he's got quite the family to back him up – along with his numerous followers, his close family includes his oldest "son" Jacob, a former military man with deadly skills; John, a younger "son" who knows his way around acquiring land; and Faith, the "half-sister" whose job is to keep the followers from going astray.
In the game, you portray a young deputy sheriff tasked with bringing down Joseph – a job that's easier said than done considering his army. Determined, it's up to you to create your own group to combat his, and that includes finding not only people to trust, but the resources to assist them. This includes recruiting folks to help you out, and gaining access to new vehicles and weapons to fend off Joseph's forces.
There are three key figures that can help you out the most. The first is Pastor Jerome, a man who put his faith in God, but isn't afraid to pick up firearms to fight for what he believes in.prevnext
How Can You Fight Back?
The second is Mary May, a bartender whose seen her family fall prey to the cult, and vows never to do the same. In fact, her introduction involves her putting together a number of Molotov cocktails, straight from her bar.
Last but certainly not least is Nick Rye, a man who's a master of mechanics, and also knows his way around the right tools for the job. In fact, he's able to give you access to a particular vehicle in the game, an old fighter plane, that will help you strike enemy compounds from afar.
Along with cohorts, you can also acquire pets within the game. Though they're a – ahem – far cry from the animals you discovered in Primal – they're loyal, and caring for them will gain you another adversary that can assist you with taking down enemies. We didn't see them too much in action yet, but there's a lot that a loyal dog can do for you.prevnext
Weapons And Vehicles At The Ready
Far Cry 5 will introduce a number of firearms to the game – we only glimpse a small sample from the gameplay clip we got to see – but they're more than capable enough to wipe out a few enemies. For good measure, you've also got access to some great melee weapons, including a sledgehammer (ouch) and a pitchfork (double ouch).
Of course, that's just on foot. Vehicles will also play a big part in the game as well. In fact, one great vehicle we can't wait to get behind the wheel with is the Rolling Thunder, a huge tractor trailer truck that will enable you to invade a camp with great authority. We didn't see it break through any barriers, but we can only imagine what kind of damage it can do.
Oh, and that old fighter jet could be a lot of fun as well – and who knows, maybe the cult will also have access to flying vehicles, creating some possibilities for flying skirmishes. It wasn't shown in the gameplay, but, again, it's Far Cry – and one of the screenshots easily points out you'll be doing some aerial fighting. So, we're down.prevnext
A Bold New Direction...And Fishing!
Though we've only seen hints in terms of how the storyline will go, the team behind Far Cry 5 are promising an unsettling experience with their latest game, perhaps even deeper than the previous games have presented. The villain is certainly far from flamboyant, though he remains just as devoted when it comes to protecting those around him. Taking him down will be tough – but with the right resources, you might just be able to get the job done.prev