After briefly visiting the ancient world, Far Cry is returning to the present day to be reunited with its first love: guns. And boy, does Far Cry 5 have a lot of guns. Its main antagonists - a crazed American cult - are staunch believers in the Second Amendment, and are willing to use it to increase their congregation. But what else will Far Cry 5 provide? Find out right here with our handy guide to everything we know.
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Far Cry 5 release date
Bad news, folks: Ubisoft have pushed the Far Cry 5 release date back a month to March 27, 2018. The original Far Cry 5 release date was slated for February 27, 2018, the same week that Primal launched back in 2016. Hopefully this is the only Far Cry 5 delay.
Far Cry 5 setting
Hope County is the open-world location for Far Cry 5. It’s located in Montana, USA, making this the first game in the series to be set in the West. That means a variety of changes - different folk to contend with, new wildlife to hunt (or be hunted by), and a landscape that’s arguably more familiar to Western audiences. Expect to see rolling crop fields, mountain peaks, quaint wooden churches, and roads filled with big rigs and muscle cars.
The world will also be pretty large; this is the biggest map a Far Cry games has ever had. While you’ll be able to explore on foot or in one of the many land vehicles, you’ll also be able to take to the skies in a plane. Planes are not purely for getting from A to B, though; dogfights will be one of the game’s key combat features, and a bombing window will allow you to easily drop explosives on cultist territory.
Far Cry 5 story
The plot revolves around Project At Eden’s Gate, a doomsday cult that have moved into Hope County and started seizing the locals through both coercion and force. Led by Joseph Seed and backed up by his three siblings Jacob, John, and Faith (known as The Heralds), the cult take the traditional right-wing American values of freedom, faith, and firearms to their very limits. Those who do not embrace the cult willingly are maimed, tortured, and killed. The game’s trailer and artwork depicts several people with words like ‘sinner’ carved into their flesh, signaling just how serious the Seeds are about using violence to spread their faith.
In the opening act of Far Cry 5, police officers are dispatched to Hope County with the intention of arresting Joseph Seed. While at first it appears that he’s willing to come along quietly, things soon go south, and the deputy sheriff leading the arrest finds themselves stranded in the middle of very hostile territory. That sheriff is you, and so starts your journey through Far Cry 5’s story.
While we don’t know the details of the plot beyond that moment, we do know that how you progress through the story is entirely up to you. After the intro, you can explore the world and do missions in any order you please. This means your first ten hours in Far Cry 5 could be completely different to a friend’s if you both head out from the starting point in opposite directions and complete missions and activities in different regions.
Far Cry 5 characters
At the centre of the game is the Montana deputy sheriff who you’ll be playing as. Rather than giving you a predefined character, like in Far Cry 3 and 4 where you played Jason Brody and Ajay Ghale, this game’s protagonist will be someone entirely of your own choosing. A character creator will be provided, allowing you to generate your own combination of race, gender, and overall appearance.
In the villains corner is the Seed family who are led by “The Father” Joseph. He believes he has been chosen by God to protect Hope County from an “inevitable collapse.” Aiding him in his occupation of the area is his brother Jacob, a former military officer who deals with the cult’s weaponry; and John, a lawyer who has used his legal knowledge to acquire land for Eden’s Gate. Joining them are their half-sister Faith, who plays the pacifist in order to coerce targets into believing in Joseph’s agenda.
Standing against the cult are a homegrown resistance. So far Ubisoft have revealed three members. Pastor Jerome is a preacher whose congregation has been taken by Eden’s Gate, Mary May is the local bartender who’s father is a victim of the cult, and cropduster pilot Nick Rye is looking to bring down the Seeds in order to secure a better world for his children. Grace Armstrong is another resistance member, who we've seen using a scoped rifle in the E3 gameplay trailer.
Far Cry 5 gameplay mechanics
By their open-world nature, the Far Cry games have always been system-led experiences. Far Cry 5 sees the return of some classic mechanics, albeit in an altered form. At the forefront of them all is Guns For Hire, which allows you to call on allies to help you in battle. While Far Cry 4 had a very similar system, where gangs of NPCs would turn up and open fire, the fifth game’s take on this idea more closely resembles Far Cry 2’s buddy system. You will need to convince locals to join their cause, and each new companion will have their own unique skills and personality.
For example, if you recruit the pilot Nick Rye, you’ll be able to call on him in battle and instruct him to fly overhead. This is great if there’s a pesky machine gun nest that needs removing with a bomb or two. And if you’d rather do the work yourself, you can borrow Nick’s plane and fly it.
If you need someone closer to the ground, then a character like Grace would be the best person to pick as your buddy. She’s a good support sniper and can help you efficiently take down outposts.
Fangs For Hire, meanwhile, returns from Far Cry Primal, and will allow you to tame wild animals and have them aid you in combat. Rather than saber-tooth tigers, though, it’ll be Montana wildlife, so expect to ally with bears and dogs on your travels. So far we’ve seen Boomer, a loveable dog, in action. You can send him into camps and he’ll tag enemies for you (no one will be bothered by him since he’s a dog. Great cover!) With enemies tagged, you can then instruct Boomer to attack, and when he’s finished mauling them he’ll even bring you their gun as a present. And if you’re worried about him getting killed, fear not: Boomer can’t die, he’ll just get downed in combat. Hopefully this applies to your human buddies, too.
It’s not yet clear how many people you can have in your squad at any one time. Potentially you may have to keep swapping between which buddy is ‘equipped’ in order to make sure that you have the right people for the job ready to lend a hand.
In an expansion of the series’ traditional hunting mechanics, fishing will be added to the game. Ubisoft told us in an interview that playtesters have found the fishing so engaging that they’ve spend half an hour just catching fish, and even competing with friends to see who can catch the most.
In a big change for the series, radio towers will not be anywhere to be seen on the New Hope map. The Assassin’s Creed mechanic that seems to have infiltrated every Ubisoft game has been surgically removed from Far Cry 5. There will, presumably, be tall places to leap from, however, since the wingsuit is returning.
The map editor will also be making a return in Far Cry 5, with an expanded feature set.
Far Cry 5 co-op multiplayer
The entirety of Far Cry 5’s story will be playable in co-op as part of the Friends For Hire system. It will work akin to Far Cry 4’s multiplayer, although will allow cooperative play of every mission in the game rather than just outpost quests.
Far Cry 5 system requirements
Official system requirements have yet to be announced, but Far Cry 5 will once again run on the Dunia Engine. While each game has seen improvements to the engine and added effects, it would be logical to assume that Far Cry Primal’s system requirements are similar to what will be needed to run Far Cry 5. Those specs are:
OS: Windows 7, Windows 8.1, Windows 10 (64-bit versions only)
Processor: Intel Core i3-550 / AMD Phenom II X4 955
Memory: 4 GB RAM
Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 460 / AMD Radeon HD 5770
Storage: 20 GB available space
OS: Windows 7, Windows 8.1, Windows 10 (64-bit versions only)
Processor: Intel Core i7-2600K / AMD FX-8350 or equivalent
Memory: 8 GB RAM
Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780 / AMD Radeon R9 280X
Storage: 20 GB available space
Far Cry 5 trailers
In the above coop trailer we can see Hope Country in all its glory - and you can tackle it all with a friend.
See a player take down a cult outpost in the E3 2017 gameplay demo, which shows off the Guns for Hire and Fangs for Hire systems. Plus there's a healthy dose of heavy ammunition use.
A short cinematic showing off the terrifying cult leader Joseph Seed.
The reveal trailer gives us our first look at the Seeds and the ruthless methods they employ to help grow Project At Eden's Gate.
The three short vignettes above introduce us to some members of the Hope County resistance.
That’s everything we know so far about Far Cry 5. But put your faith in us: we’ll update this guide with every new character, feature, and other tidbits as soon as new information is announced by Ubisoft’s preachers.