Skip to main content

Far Cry Primal won't support co-op play, and this is why

Audio player loading…

Far Cry Primal

The Far Cry series, to the best of my knowledge, has never been big on multiplayer. The option is there for those who want it and it's apparently decent, but I suspect only a small slice of the Far Cry audience actually bothers with it. The sprawling, open-world settings are clearly designed first and foremost for a single-player experience. Presumably with that in mind, Far Cry Primal is dropping multiplayer, including co-op, altogether.

“We are focusing entirely on creating the best possible Far Cry experience for our fans. Bringing the Stone Age to life and providing players with a strong gameplay experience based off of the Far Cry legacy meant we had to reinvent our core gameplay loop. This was definitely not a small undertaking,” Ubisoft Community Manager Jason Paradise explained on Steam “Our focus was on delivering this fantasy which required clear priorities for the team. Therefore, in the early stages of the project, we made the difficult choice of focusing our efforts on the single player experience.”

Personally, I'm a fan of single-player experiences and so I don't have a problem with that at all. But clearly not everyone is happy about it, particularly with regard to the lack of a co-op mode, which did seem fun in Far Cry 4. Primal is set to come out on March 1. Have a look at our hands-on with the game from early December right here.

Thanks, VG247.

Andy has been gaming on PCs from the very beginning, starting as a youngster with text adventures and primitive action games on a cassette-based TRS80. From there he graduated to the glory days of Sierra Online adventures and Microprose sims, ran a local BBS, learned how to build PCs, and developed a longstanding love of RPGs, immersive sims, and shooters. He began writing videogame news in 2007 for The Escapist and somehow managed to avoid getting fired until 2014, when he joined the storied ranks of PC Gamer. He covers all aspects of the industry, from new game announcements and patch notes to legal disputes, Twitch beefs, esports, and Henry Cavill. Lots of Henry Cavill.