Yesterday, Ubisoft launched a mystery livestream for an upcoming game that hadn’t been announced yet. Of coure, fans and gamers went nuts with theories and possible titles to look forward to hearing about, with many believing that the announcement would involve the next installment in the highly successful, and outrageous Far Cry series. Turns out – they were right.
The mystery title was Far Cry Primal, which is the newest installment in the franchise, but for those of you who might have been expecting more guns and crazy, over-the-top and technical action set pieces, you were only partly right. Primal will take the franchise 12,000 years into the past to the prehistoric times, and will follow a male character named Takkar.
Taking place recently after the Earth’s last Ice Age, Takkar is left stranded in a valley called Oros, where he is left to fend for himself and survive against all kinds of dangerous creatures including Sabertooth Tigers, Woolly Mammoths, and possibly the most dangerous of all – rival humans.
The official reveal trailer for the game was released online earlier today, and gives fans their first glimpse at the newest game in the Far Cry franchise. Check it out below:
The game’s creative director, Jean-Christophe Guyot talked about the game’s prehistoric setting, explaining why it’s the perfect direction to take the franchise in with the following:
“The Stone Age is the perfect setting for a Far Cry game. Far Cry usually puts you at the edge of the known world, in a beautiful, lawless and savage frontier. The Stone Age is, in a way, the very first frontier for humankind; it’s the time when humans put a stick in the ground and claimed land for their own, the time when we started climbing the food chain. That came with conflict, against other humans of course, but also against nature itself.”
Of course, fans will still be given access to a large array of weapons including bows, spears, and using fire to ward off predators (all must be created through crafting), and Takkar will also work together with several of his tribe members (as the trailer shows) to take down different large, and dangerous creatures. Whether or not a cooperative aspect will be available with the game or if the other tribe members will simply be AI-controlled, has not been revealed yet.
While this move is definitely surprising, taking the gamer into a much more different and savage time makes almost perfect sense in retrospect for this franchise. The Far Cry games have always been about controlling your player through some incredibly crazy, over-the-top action sequences, and while the stone age setting definitely provides more risks than some gamers might have predicted Ubisoft to make, it’s possible that this could be the best in the franchise if it pays off adequately enough. Personally, this sounds like loads of fun and a refreshing change of pace for this series, and I’ll be interested to hear what else we learn in the coming months.
Far Cry Primal is set to be released on PS4 and Xbox One on February 23rd, 2016. It will be available on PC in March 2016.
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