Ubisoft’s mysterious new game announcement has been revealed by IGN Turkey to be an all-new entry in the multi-million selling Far Cry franchise.
According to the site, the new title is known as Far Cry: Primal, and will be set during the Ice Age. Nothing else has been confirmed at this point as the story is still developing, although you can see IGN’s Tweet below. Unsurprisingly, it was promptly deleted, although thanks to the magic of the Internet, someone made a screencap of it (via OnlySP).
The shift to a prehistoric setting is certainly a rapid departure for the first-person shooter series, which up until now have been firmly rooted in a contemporary setting. Indeed, it will be interesting to see how the franchise’s staple mechanics will work in this setting and what changes will be put into place. For now though, all we can do is speculate, although we’ll be sure to keep you updated on any developments as we get them.
Far Cry was launched back in 2004 on the PC, and wouldn’t arrive on a PlayStation console until a decade later, when PS3 owners got a taste of the action as part of a remastered version of the original title. Developed by Crytek, Far Cry focuses on Jack Carver, an ex-Special Forces member who finds himself stranded on a mysterious archipelago in Micronesia while escorting a female journalist.
Far Cry 2 saw the series’ first instalment on consoles, launching in fall 2008 for PS3, PC and Xbox 360. The sequel presented a considerably larger game world, with players having access to 50km of African terrain ripe with towns, local wildlife, forests and more. This time around, the plot sees two factions engaged in a brutal war with each other as a result of meddling by the notorious arms dealer known as The Jackal; the player’s objective is to assassinate this war criminal by whatever means necessary.
2012 saw the release of Far Cry 3, and switches things up once again in terms of plot. This time around, players are put in control of a simple tourist known as Jason Brody, who, along with a group of friends, find themselves captured on a remote Pacific island by pirates serving an insane, malevolent individual known as Vaas. Brody escapes their grasp, and must survive in hostile territory while attempting to extricate his friends from the pirate’s stronghold.
Finally, this brings us up to date with 2014’s Far Cry 4, which is the franchise’s first entry to see a release on PS4 alongside existing last-generation versions. Set in the fictional country of Kyrat, which is ruled by an Iron Fist by the self-appointed king, Pegan Min. Gamers control Ajay Ghale, who finds himself caught in the middle of an on-going war when returning back to Kyrat to lay his mother’s ashes to rest. New features this time around include a branching campaign and the ability to ride elephants, alongside the usual Far Cry staples as a massive open-world to explore brimming with secrets, hostiles and a huge arsenal of weaponry.
Far Cry 4 was a massive commercial success, selling over seven million copies worldwide since its launch late last year, beating out Ubisoft’s initial expectations. Furthermore, the adventure sequel sold through most of its copies on the PS4, and enjoyed the fastest-selling launch in the franchise to date.
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