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Far Cry 6: everything we know about Ubisoft's next open world FPS

Far Cry 6 - Anton and Diego
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Far Cry 6 leaves behind the Montana of Far Cry 5 and New Dawn, and heads for a Caribbean vacation in the fictional country of Yara, where things are, unsurprisingly, a bit chaotic. Ubisoft's next shooter is set amidst the revolution trying to oust a brutal dictator from power.

Here's what we know about Far Cry 6 so far, including what's new for the shooter series and its potential ties to Far Cry 3.

What is Far Cry 6's release date?

Far Cry 6's release date is October 7, 2021 for PC, Stadia, the PS4 and PS5, and Xbox One and Xbox Series X.

That's not the original release date, however. It was first planned to launch back in February, but was delayed near the end of 2020 along with a few other Ubisoft games. Another rumor, via a Microsoft Store listing, suggested it might arrive in May. But in a gameplay reveal trailer, Ubisoft finally announced the October release date.

Will Far Cry 6 be on Steam?

No. Ubisoft has confirmed that Far Cry 6 will release for Windows PC exclusively on the Epic Games Store and the Ubisoft Store, and will also be available on its subscription service, Ubisoft+. But it won't be on Steam.

Will Far Cry 6 be co-op?

Yes. There will be co-op in Far Cry 6, though at the moment Ubisoft isn't saying much about it yet.

Previous games in the series have had co-op, such as Far Cry 5, which let you play alongside a friend once you'd completed the introduction to the game and left Dutch's island. Far Cry New Dawn also let you play co-op, though some of the progression through the story missions only counted towards the host's game, not their pal's. 

We don't know how co-op will work in Far Cry 6 yet, but we'll update this story when we've got more information.

Here's the Far Cry 6 trailer

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The reveal trailer for Far Cry 6 from July of 2020 introduces its main villain, Yara's dictator Antón Castillo, and his son Diego. Antón is intent on suppressing a guerrilla revolution by any means necessary, with Diego following in his footsteps. In the reveal trailer, Antón passes down one of those sinister lessons, telling Diego that he will need to keep a tight hold on the people of Yara with the helpful visual learning aid of a live grenade. Definitely not the lesson that your average 13-year-old is learning from their father. 

Ubisoft also released a Far Cry 6 title sequence trailer that lets on what some of Yara's history might be—potentially wealth gained through plants grown for pharmaceuticals. 

The Far Cry 6 gameplay trailer shows some interesting new features

Finally, a bit of gameplay! We can see our hero, Dani, a Yara native, sparking the revolution against Castillo. And while the trailer shows off what looks like a mostly familiar Far Cry experience, there are some new features that look interesting.

For instance, you'll be able to holster your gun, which will allow you to blend in with the local population. As long as you're not in a restricted area, enemy soldiers won't automatically aggro when they see you—provided your weapon is holstered. This will let you explore the world without having to always hide from, or engage with, enemy troops. That's a big change from a series where enemies try to kill you the second they see you.

You can also ride horses, which were weirdly absent in Far Cry 5, especially considering it took place in Montana. And instead of standard quest markers on your map, some missions will give you a photo on your in-game phone to help you track down your mission location. It's a bit like the treasure hunts you see in games like Red Dead Redemption 2, just trying to pin down a location based on an image, and could make the world more interesting to explore.

We run down these changes and a few other new features that look interesting in our Far Cry 6 preview here.

Far Cry 6's setting is the tropical nation Yara

Ubisoft says that it believes a lot of fans were ready to return to a tropical setting, which is part of what influenced Yara. Ubisoft say that the nation's "living postcard" aesthetic and vintage cars were inspired by Cuba. Esperanza is its capital city, the first main urban environment in a Far Cry game, which Ubisoft says will play a bit differently from past games. It almost sounds a bit Assassin's Creed-y.

"The verticality is a complete game-changer," says narrative director Navid Khavari in an interview. "Being able to run across rooftops, use back alleys, fight against some of the toughest opponents in the game in this setting, I think is really unique and fresh."

You'll play as a revolutionary named Dani Rojas

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Ubisoft say that you'll be able to choose to play Far Cry 6 as a man or woman. Depending on your choice, Dani will be voiced by either Sean Rey or Nisa Gunduz.

"We knew that if we're going to tell the revolution story, if we’re going to tell a story about someone in a guerrilla movement, you need to have that personal connection with them," says Khavari. "You need someone who's rooted in the world, who has a background. So we wanted proper performance capture, we wanted to have a voice."

Guns for Hire are now called Amigos, and don't include human NPCs

As in Far Cry 5, you'll be able to have some pals fighting alongside you. But in Far Cry 6 they're strictly of the animal variety, like a little dog named Chorizo. He has a doggie wheelchair, and can be used to distract enemies so you can get the drop on them. He's just that cute.

There's also a crocodile named Guapo, and he's not quite as cuddly as Chorizo is. Guapo will straight up kill and eat your foes if you're looking for a more direct approach.

As for human companions, you may sometimes fight alongside other people on certain missions, but it won't be like Far Cry 5, where you can ring up a pal and have them follow you everywhere.

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What's the story in Far Cry 6?

In Far Cry 6 you'll be fighting in a revolution against the rule of Yara's dictator Antón Castillo who has been in power for 50 years. It appears to be a dangerous time for the country, with the trailer showing government agents with guns and riot shields and civilians with explosives. Ubisoft says its writing team spent time in Cuba getting to know the island and meeting former guerrilla revolutionaries that influenced the game's story. 

"When you're looking at something as complex as an island that's been essentially cut off from the rest of the world for 50 years, been in an economic downturn, electing this leader on the back of this idea of building a new paradise, the idea with Antón is he definitely lulled people into believing this was the only answer for them. That he was the one that was going to solve all their problems," Khavari says "And so for us, it became super-interesting on the character side to explore the idea of, you know, there definitely were some people that voted for him, that believed in him, that now are regretting that choice; and there are those that still support him. The intersection of those demographics and worldviews and opinions is something that plays out in the story as well."

Ubisoft say that Antón witnessed his own father being executed 50 years ago, part of how he rationalizes his policies and the views that he attempts to pass on to his own son Diego. "He believes that not only do the Castillos deserve to be in power, but they're the only ones that are going to be able to see Yara through to becoming a paradise once again."

Ubisoft haven't said yet how Dani becomes involved with the two Castillos just yet, but Khavari tells Game Informer that "That triangle of characters between Antón, Diego, and Dani is absolutely crucial."

Arcade Mode isn't coming back

Past Far Cry games have come with handy map making and mission editing tools, which have long been a neat feature. Over in a recent Q&A with Far Cry 6 developers, the team confirmed that Arcade Mode and its map builder aren't coming back for the newest game though.

“Removing this mode from our plan was a difficult decision, but allowed us to focus our efforts on the main campaign, transporting players into the heart of a modern-day guerrilla revolution,” game director Alexandre Letendre said.

Is Diego actually young Vaas Montenegro?

Far Cry 3's Vaas Montenegro and Far Cry 6's Diego Castillo

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After the Far Cry 6 reveal trailer, fans begin speculating that Far Cry 6 could actually be a prequel to Far Cry 3. The theory hinges on Diego Castillo being a young Vaas Montenegro, based on the scar both have on their right eyebrow. 

Vaas's voice actor Michael Mando teased a possible return to the role during a Reddit Q&A with fans, saying "Vaas is my spirit animal - having co-created that character is something that will always be dear to me. I still get recognized as Vaas, and I still feel the outpouring of love for that character - makes me very happy. Who knows... maybe I will reprise the role very soon?"

Vaas is a fan-favorite villain of the series, so folks would certainly welcome his return, though things may not be quite so simple. In Far Cry 6's reveal trailer you can see Diego wearing what look like modern headphones, which doesn't exactly square with him being the younger version of Vaas who was born in 1985 and would have been Diego's age in the late '90s. Consider this one wishful thinking for now.

And here's the Macarena gun

Far Cry 6 Macarena Gun

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Lauren loves long books and even longer RPGs. She got a game design degree and then, stupidly, refused to leave the midwest. She plays indie games you haven't heard of and will never pass on a story about players breaking games or playing them wrong.