Now that you’ve shovel-gunned your way through the Eden’s Gate cult and liberated Hope County from Father Seed, you may be wondering where the gang at Ubisoft are going to take us next. Sure, Far Cry 5 has some pretty crazy expansions and DLC in the pipeline, but if you’re like me you’re already excited for the potential settings in the next big standalone or spin-off release. Personally, I’m more of a fan of the ‘out there’ Far Cry games like Instincts, Primal and Blood Dragon, so my wish-list may come across as a little fantastical, but I truly think that Far Cry is at its best when it doesn’t take itself too seriously.
Before Far Cry 5 was announced and there were all those leaks about Ubisoft filming at remote locations in the United States, I was absolutely convinced that they were working on a Wild West-themed adventure. The aesthetic and legends surrounding that period of history would fit perfectly within the Far Cry formula, and who wouldn’t want an over-the-top first person escapade filled with six-shooters, stallions and saloons. With Red Dead Redemption 2 releasing later this year, it’s fairly unlikely we’ll see a western Far Cry anytime soon, but they’d be silly to let Rockstar monopolise such a rich vein of possibility.
As demonstrated with Far Cry Primal, Ubisoft isn’t afraid to send players back through time, and with the huge success of the new God of War, it isn’t too much of a stretch to imagine a Far Cry game with a distinctly Norse flavour. The sprawling Norwegian and Scandinavian countryside is the perfect backdrop for a game like this and Vikings are well known for having small villages (outposts), warring clans (factions) and sailing around in boats to fight and plunder. We can keep the bow and arrow, but I’d be more than happy to swap the high-powered assault rifles for a sword and shield any day.
Speaking of swords and shields, why not have a Far Cry set in a world filled with Elves, Goblins and Dragons? I know that I’ve almost just described an Elder Scrolls game, but what if we took the measured, RPG-focused Skyrim and mixed in some of the unwarranted and explosive action we know and love from Ubisoft? Think about it, gryphons and wyverns could replace helicopters and planes, and the other kind of RPG (Rocket-Propelled Grenade) could be replaced with a fireball spell. Don’t @ me, I warned you this would get weird.
While we’re firmly in the realm of fantasy, why not go in the complete opposite direction and try to survive/thrive in a post-apocalyptic wasteland? As I said before, Far Cry Instincts is one of my favourite in the series, and that’s because of the cool feral powers that allowed you to leap at enemies and tear them apart like some kind of predator. It would be so much fun to play as some kind of mutated beast-person in a desolate open world, gradually hunting (or converting) the last pockets of humanity scattered throughout the map. Not to mention the fact that you could pretty much throw in any kind of crazy power and chalk it up to radiation exposure.
If you’re more a fan of the ‘realistic’ entries into the series, perhaps you’d prefer it if our next destination was a bit more Eastern European. You could plausibly set a story anywhere within the last one hundred years of Russian history and you’d have a wealth of military might, political drama, explosive weaponry and of course, a menagerie of weird and wonderful animals to exploit. If you’ve played Far Cry 5, you know that Ubisoft isn’t one to shy away from controversy, so it honestly wouldn’t surprise me if Russia (or one of the surrounding countries) was fairly high on their list of places to take the series next.
Now, you may call me biased but I think it’s about time that we had a AAA open-world game set in this Great Southern Land. We’ve got everything a Far Cry game needs in Australia; a huge and varied environment, secluded pockets of humanity surrounded by unforgiving lands, gritty stories of betrayal and rebellion and most importantly, a stack of wildlife that could kill you in a heartbeat. We could see an adventure set in the present day around a shady mining company that’s destroying the land, or perhaps remote cattle stations being harassed by bushrangers in post-colonial times? Ubisoft could even be really brave and give us a game set amongst indigenous Australians and their rich cultural tapestry that spans thousands of years. Either way, I definitely think it’s high time they brought the series down under.
Well, that’s my wishlist for the future of the Far Cry series and just to clarify, these are all purely speculative and just one fan’s humble opinion. That being said, if any of these fantasies appear on the next Walmart leak, you’ll know where Ubisoft got the idea. If you have any other hopes, desires or manic fever-dream pitches, leave a comment below and we can discuss!
Also, I’ve mocked up a bunch of promotional posters for my picks below, so please vote for your favourite one!