Although the Far Cry series is known for exotic locales, the upcoming fifth entry will be set on America’s familiar shores , and an Ubisoft representative has recently explained this choice.
Speaking to GamingBolt, Far Cry 5’s lead writer Drew Holmes says that the decision was made by the game’s director, Dan Hay, who has been pushing for the series to take place domestically “pretty much since… Far Cry 3.” Although other locations were considered, the state of Montana was scouted first by the team. Holmes says that, following that visit “[t]he list of places that Far Cry wanted to go after that just fell off the table. We said, ‘this is the spot, this is where we want to go’.”
Holmes further attributes the attraction of Montana to “a great sense of frontier, great sense of wilderness, of danger, wildlife, there’s mountains, there’s big sky. There’s lots of places that feel unknown even though it is in the backyard.” These natural elements, combined with the “history of standoffish-ness” exhibited by the populace of the state made it seem a perfect fit for the franchise.
Aside from the setting, Far Cry 5 will feature a number of additional changes from the series’s norms, including a customisable protagonist, a campaign fully playable in co-op, and the ability to pilot planes. The game will also eschew the series’s regular features of towers and minimaps.
Players will take the role of a recently-arrived Deputy Sheriff who arrives in the fictional Hope County with the mission of arresting a preacher named Father Joseph who heads the Eden’s Gate cult.
Far Cry 5 is scheduled for release on February 27, 2018 for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.