The Far Cry 5 official release trailer dropped this morning, finally shedding light on the game after Ubisoft released a series of cryptic trailers and the game’s cover art with little other detail. It seems that players will be battling against a fanatical Midwest America militia, and the game looks just as explosive as previous titles.
The series of trailers explores the general setting, gameplay, and introduces members of the resistance that will be helping the player battle the religious zealots that have come to have a hold on Hope County, Montana. The team is made up of a band of locals who have all had the cult touch their lives in one negative way or another.
After a tour of Hope County, complete with cows, swaying fields of wheat, and automatic gunfire, the cast is presented in their own trailers. First we meet a pilot, who worries about the safety of his daughter while equipping a gun to his plane. Then, a priest who seeks his own religious sanctity in exterminating the cult, as he pulls a revolver out of a hollowed-out bible. Lastly, there is the local bartender whose family was torn apart after the cult seeped into their lives, swearing her revenge as she constructs Molotov Cocktails behind a weapon laden bar. It seems that Ubisoft is really putting some thought into their supporting characters this time around.
It’ll be interesting to see how Ubisoft fleshes out the supporting cast in a series that is known for target fodder and shallow character development. At this point, it doesn’t seem like any characters are returning from the previous Far Cry entries. Not that they would, of course, but considering most of the team that worked on Far Cry 3 and Far Cry 4 are developing the newest entry, we may yet have a cameo or two snuck in. The trailer doesn’t seem to be preaching Far Cry 5 as something original in the series, either; the same chaotic, open world action that fans expect from the series will be front and center.
Overall, the trailers are setting up Far Cry 5 to be pretty awesome. Not the most original entry in the series, but the change of scenery, vehicles, and the promise of an established storyline in the United States, as opposed to a madman’s paradise in whatever part of the world, may just be the boost the series need. Expect to see more of Far Cry 5 at this year’s E3 in anticipation of its release on February 27th, 2018.