Do you remember how awesome it was taking down dinosaurs in Turok? Well, the closest thing we’ll have to a new iteration in that series is Far Cry Primal. Sure, there weren’t any dinosaurs in the new trailer, but there were wooly mammoths and a saber toother tiger, so I’m happy for now.
I’ve always wondered why more game developers haven’t dove into the awesomness of more primal eras in human history, such as those in Turok and Far Cry Primal. One recent game, ARK: Survival Evolved, has been rather successful on Steam and let’s you kill dinosaurs or even ride them with your buddies online, so maybe Ubisoft Montreal took notice and jumped the gun. After all, Far Cry is a perfect franchise to tap into the era and will undoubtedly give a fresh take on the series. Far Cry Primal has been announced to release February 23, 2016, along with an announcement trailer and behind-the-scenes video. The reveal trailer is just enough to give us a taste of what’s to come, but witholds any significant story information or gamepaly details. Luckily, in the previously linked behind-the-scenes-video, the developers show their passion with the new direction and share what some of the weapons will be like, where the story starts and how the gameplay will shape up.
The character you play is the sole survivor of a hunting group after a devastating hunt. You’re left with no weapons and must fend for yourself in the harsh world, gathering resources and crafting to get by. You can further improve weapons the more you gather and craft in the game, with a varied arsenal of blades, blunt weapons, bows and other primal weaponry. My first thoughts were of concern with the lack of guns or explosives in the game – it’s a huge obstacle for the studio – but then I got to thinking: The weapon I most used in Far Cry 4 was the bow, along with the machete to hack things up. So, really, how much will I miss the guns and explosives? Maybe a little, but I think the new setting will be immersive enough to help me forget modern warfare. Another question resides in the balance between single player and multiplayer. Will their be a revamped multiplayer for the upcoming game? Perhaps something to mirror ARK? The Far Cry games have been ushering more and more multiplayer into the formula, but single player remains the largest concentration. With the new take, though, maybe we’ll see some cool new multiplayer modes that let us survive and craft with our friends, or better yet, take down a few mammoths.
Far Cry Primal is a pretty big risk, since it’s taking a popular franchise in a completely different direction, but it could have a massive payoff. Let’s be honest, not many developers take chances in today’s age. Instead, they stick to the proven formula and stick as close to the script as possible, so that people aren’t too disappointed and mostly importanty, so they don’t lose money. I can admire the move by Ubisoft Montreal, because it’s not a guarantee that the game will succeed, but it’s giving the gamers something unique and fairly untouched in videogames. We can all support such studios by going out and buying their game, that is, if you want to see more and more of them taking risks with new twists in gaming. At the same time, others will oppose the change and cry out against the betrayal of where the franchise first came. Something about the setting, to me, doesn’t feel like a drastic departure from the series. In fact, it feels like a natural progression and a move that will only help Far Cry mature and evolve as a franchise.
I’m really excited to see how Ubisoft Montreal approaches this setting and can’t wait for the new weapons, modes of transportation and other new gameplay features that are inevitable to winding the clock back to 10,000 B.C.
So, what do you guys think about Far Cry Primal? A good move for the franchise or not so much? Should there be more multiplayer than previous Far Cry games? Let’s start a discussion in the comments!
Author: Austin Adams @IamAustinAdams
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