Far Cry series has been getting into some stale waters recently. After the critical success of Far Cry 3, the fourth iteration played it a little too close to its predecessor. Far Cry: Primal was not even deemed worthy of receiving the number in the series. Things are looking to shape up with Far Cry 5.
Just how much? On the one hand, we are talking about a modern setting in Montana, USA. Far enough from everything to be a mistery, while at the same time bringing the game to a Western world location. It is a definite change of pace after tropical islands, the African savanna, Himalayas and the Stone Age. Ubisoft seems to be trying to make things seem different. The question remains, will they succeed?
Ever since Far Cry 3 the games have fallen into a kind of formulaic situation. The developer was afraid to step away from it, as it was finally something that actually distinguishes Far Cry from other games. Still, you can have too much of a good thing.
Mid-American wilderness with a dash of cult members sounds like breaking new ground for the series, but is really that original? Just this year we have had two games (albeit, horror ones) dealing with cult-ridden backwaters. And we are not talking small fries either – Resident Evil 7 and Outlast 2 have already taken people to places they would rather not go in the USA. It will be quite a challenge for Ubisoft to make their fictional Montana feel different and interesting. The last two numbered games also had interesting main antagonists, so this will be another challenge for Far Cry 5.
Whatever Ubisoft has in store for Far Cry 5, it will be much more clear at the actual reveal of the game on May 26. And, of course, E3 is coming. In the meantime, check out the rest of the teaser trailers.