Far Cry 6 release date: everything we know about the new Far Cry

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When is the Far Cry 6 release date? Will it be any time soon? Far Cry 5 was one of Ubisoft’s best performing releases in 2018, and while the New Dawn spinoff didn’t garner as much attention, it’s only a matter of time before the publisher returns to beloved FPS series. Ubisoft did announce the release of five triple-A games this fiscal year, with a high likelihood Far Cry 6 could be among them.

Far Cry is a franchise that’s grown from relative obscurity into one of Ubisoft’s most bankable hits. The series has taken us across the globe, battling evil (and occasionally good) on tropical islands, across Africa, the Himalayas, and even in the US, with spin-offs and DLC pitting the player against aliens, cyborgs, and even yetis. It’s fair to say that Ubisoft has left the door wide open for speculation – pretty much anything is on the cards for the next Far Cry game.

All of this is to say that Far Cry is a difficult series to predict, but thanks to recent leaks and our own personal preference we’re going to offer up what we’d love to see in the next instalment of the franchise, from the Far Cry 6 release date and potential new settings to gameplay tweaks we’d love to see.

Far Cry 6 release date

A recent, massive Far Cry 6 leak from two Twitter users briefly spotted a Far Cry 6 store page on the Hong Kong Playstation Store, including lots of new details for the new Far Cry game. According to the details on the listing, the Far Cry 6 release date is February 18, 2021. Although this is for PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5, Far Cry 6 games tend to be multiplatform, hopefully ensuring a PC release as well.

Far Cry 6 trailer

After recent leaks, the Far Cry twitter account shared a teaser of upcoming Far Cry 6 character Giancarlo Esposito smoking a cigar with the caption ‘Anton would not be pleased’. It looks like more details will be arriving at the Ubisoft Forward this Sunday.

Setting

With sizeable maps that players can either trek, drive, fly, or sail across, Far Cry’s locations are characters in themselves.

Between the second game’s arid African setting, the tropical island of the first and third titles, the mountainous Himalayas of the fourth game, or the modern day American midwest of the latest, each is filled with foliage, characters, and (often aggressive) wildlife.

Ghost Recon Wildlands and Breakpoint have done a brilliant job of showcasing just how tense and claustrophobic firefights in the middle of a dense jungle or rainforest can be. The prospect of narrowly escaping an enemy squad only to come face to face with something like an anaconda sounds terrifying. South America is a region that the series is yet to explore and the continent boasts unmatched environmental diversity. Patagonia’s vistas could be jaw-dropping, especially on next-gen hardware, with the kind of varied elevation that harkens back to earlier games in the franchise and would be great for grapple hooks and gliders.

The recent leak of the store description details a fictional country, which sounds similar to Cuba and the capital Havana, describing the location, it says “Yara, a tropical paradise frozen in time. As the dictator of Yara, Anton Castillo is intent on restoring his nation back to its former glory by any means, with his son, Diego, following in his bloody footsteps. Their ruthless oppression has ignited a revolution.”

You can also see from the listing that the rumours of Breaking Bad’s Giancarlo Esposito starring in the new Far Cry are real. With a short teaser shared of Esposito and the character features on the main artwork as the aforementioned Anton Castillo, with his son Diego.

The Far Cry series has a tendency to flirt with real world events, sometimes a little too uncomfortably, and so a potential Latin American setting following the widespread rebellions across South America in 2019 seems entirely likely.

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Improved stealth

In recent years, Far Cry hasn’t shied too far away from the established Ubisoft open-world template. There are outposts to clear, targets to destroy, landmarks to discover, and vehicles to make the journey a little easier. Far Cry 5 may have done away with the tower-climbing sequences, but for the most part it followed the same cues and beats as previous games in the series.

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One of the weakest elements of Far Cry 5 was its enemy AI and lack of stealth opportunities. At times it feels like the enemies are constantly flooding towards you, spawning around you, and aware of where you are even when you’re sneaking. In Far Cry 6 give us stealth sections where we can evade enemy engagements entirely if we want to, and complete entire missions without killing or alerting anyone.

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More weapon customisation options

Weapons are another area where Far Cry has stagnated a little, failing to offer the player much in terms of customisation. We’d love to see something akin to Escape from Tarkov or Modern Warfare, where guns can be broken down into their individual parts and reworked with different grips, scopes, magazines, stocks, barrel attachments, and more. Earning legendary blueprints or weapon parts from side quests would encourage players to venture off the beaten track a little more, offering a tangible reward outside of unlocking some more of the map. Far Cry 5 did a bit of this, but we want weapons jamming when not properly maintained and more granular upgrades like canted sights, different ammo types, and options like compensators, muzzle brakes, flash hiders, and more.

Survival skills matter

Far Cry has boasted a pretty hefty skill tree for some time, and while that’s always included some survival elements, it would be nice if those actually mattered in Far Cry 6. Far Cry protagonists always seem to end up fixing broken bones and pulling out bullets in gloriously gratuitous animations, but for a series that places so much emphasis on hunting you never need to actually eat, drink, or sleep.

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A good female villain

Far Cry games tend to boast some fantastically charismatic and devilish villains. Vaas from Far Cry 3 is unforgettable, Pagan Min manages to convey plenty of menace despite his playful, almost aloof behaviour. Of course, Joseph Seed and his cult of religious fanatics live long in the memory, taking heaps of inspiration from real-life figures like David Koresh and Charles Manson.

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Far Cry New Dawn’s two main antagonists felt sorely lacking in terms of menace, and finally taking them down was a disappointing conclusion. We’d love another female villain after the twins from New Dawn, someone with a new toxic world view and a tangible drive. We’ve had musings on insanity, religious zealots, and autocrats, but there’s plenty the series has yet to explore through its villains.

Better hallucination scenes

This one is pretty simple, but Far Cry 5’s spin on drug-induced hallucinations felt a little too, er, vanilla. In almost every brainwashing instance you wander through a serene environment and then jump into a timed shooting gallery sequence.

Far Cry 4’s Shangri-La versions hit the perfect note for us, offering a rideable elephant and a /very/ combat effective white tiger to keep the player company as they battle through a blood-soaked vision of paradise. The imagery in these sections is striking, but the encounters also offer a genuine challenge to players as they have to deal with some of the toughest enemies in the game within a closed arena. We want a return of that challenge, some visually distinct areas to explore, but most importantly, Ubi, give us the tiger again.