As has become customary with Ubisoft games, Far Cry 5 will also feature microtransactions. They made sure to point out that the microtransactions are completely optional, cosmetic-only and nothing that affects gameplay. You only need buy them if you want to speed up your progress. Which kinda sounds like you can spend money to skip over the game. On the other hand, at least the full campaign will be available offline.
Well, this is the gaming world we live in. It worked for Ubisoft with Assassin’s Creed Origins, so why wouldn’t it work here? Yes, Far Cry 5 is going to have microtransactions. But, don’t worry, they’re not the bad kind of microtransactions. They will be completely optional, you see, and can just help you speed up your progress. In the words of executive producer Dan Hay (via Gamespot): “We’ve set the game up to be generous,” Hay said. “We’ve set the game up so…nothing is locked [away]. You can go out and explore, and the game will reward you for your exploration.”
Of course, Ubisoft was very careful to point out that items you can get through microtransactions are cosmetic-only; nothing that will in any way influence gameplay. The microtransactions will be up for co-op, single player, and PvP multiplayer. But, again, cosmetic-only! I’m somewhat confused as to how exactly this will be time-saving. Presumably, it will work similarly to the Time Saver Packs in Assassin’s Creed Origins, which reward you with items and in-game currency. But then, how are those cosmetic-only items? How will that save your time, exactly? I guess we’ll have to wait for the game to come out and see. But, hey, at least the full campaign will be playable offline, unless you want to play co-op. I gotta give them that one, considering how many games demand that you have an internet connection even for single player.
Far Cry 5 is coming to PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. The launch date is March 27th, 2018.