Ubisoft has announced that Far Cry 5 is on track to be the biggest launch in the series’ history and that it could even be the biggest games launch in the first half of 2018.
This is according to a Ubisoft investors’ call where the developer and publisher outlined its expectations for various projects and products over the next financial year.
Considering the previous numbers available for Far Cry 3 (the last best selling game in the series) peg the game at roughly 10,000,000 sales, Ubisoft clearly has high hopes for Far Cry 5.
Pre-order numbers apparently back up Ubisoft’s confidence in the new game, too – the game is tracking very well, according to the company, and it clearly expects to shift over 10 million units within the year.
After the game suffered various delays, it could have seen a negative reception, but this news seems to suggest Ubisoft has put itself in a stronger position with the new release date of 27th March 2018.
Considering this was a similar release window to last year’s Ghost Recon: Wildlands – which also sold incredibly well – it bodes well for Ubisoft.
This news comes as the developer/publisher suggests that Assassin’s Creed may not see an entry released this year.
Instead, Yves Guillemot (Ubisoft boss) has suggested that last year’s offering of Assassin’s Creed: Origins will instead fill that role, supported with updates and DLC to ensure players have enough content for the game to last all year.
Instead, then, if you’re hungry for an open world game with a focus on narrative and exploration, you may want to look into Far Cry 5: the whole game can be played in co-op with a buddy online, and the setting of Montana is perhaps the most ambitious setting for the sandbox shooter yet.
There has also been a Season Pass announced for the game which will bundle in a PS4/Xbox One version of Far Cry 3 (in case you missed it – it really is one of the best games of last gen!) as well as some bonus story campaigns that’ll take you to Mars, Vietnam and a world overrun by zombies.
So you get a lot of bang for your buck.
You can read more about the game here.
“Set in America for the first time, in Montana, players will have total freedom to navigate this serene-looking yet deeply twisted world solo or entirely in two-player co-op as they fight for survival and freedom, when the game releases on March 27th 2018” confirmed Ubisoft.
Development for Far Cry 5 is being led by Ubisoft Montreal, who in recent months have overseen two of Ubisoft’s more critical and commercial successes in recent years, in the shape of For Honor and Watch Dogs 2
“As the new junior deputy of fictional Hope County, Montana, players will find that their arrival accelerates a years-long silent coup by a fanatical doomsday cult, the Project at Eden’s Gate, igniting a violent takeover of the county,” Ubisoft explained.
“Caught off guard and drawn into a power struggle, players must disrupt the carefully laid plans of the Project at Eden’s Gate, and fan the fires of resistance to help liberate the Hope County community and themselves.”
Here’s a bit more info about the game, courtesy of Ubisoft:
“Under siege and cut off from the rest of the world, players will join forces with residents of Hope County and form the Resistance. The fight against the cult will take players to unique locations throughout Hope County that provide different gameplay experiences. During their journey, players can fly planes to engage cult forces in aerial dogfights across Big Sky Country.
“While tracking down cult members and gathering resources for survival across farmland, forests, mountains and rivers, players can get behind the wheel of iconic American muscle cars, big rigs, ATVs and boats. Vehicles also provide refuge when under attack by animals or as a way to quickly escape when things don’t go as planned.
“To take down the cult, players will need to utilise any and all weapons at their disposal, including ranged weapons such as guns and grenades and melee weapons like a sledgehammer or baseball bat. Additionally, players can recruit Guns for Hire from a large cast of characters, or even Fangs for Hire, specialised animals like bears and cougars to complement players’ playstyles whether they’re going in stealthily or forcefully.
“How players approach each situation and the chaos they create in Far Cry 5 is up to them. Far Cry 5 will also see the return of the map editor, giving players the opportunity to create and play an infinite amount of new playgrounds.