This week, Ubisoft dropped a new teaser trailer for the latest entry in their long-running Far Cry series, Far Cry: New Dawn.
It seems that this time, the series is going to take a page out of Bethesda’s Fallout franchise by going post-apocalyptic. The previous entry, Far Cry 5, was based in modern-day America so this could be an interesting new direction for the action-adventure franchise. We’re told New Dawn will be a direct spin-off of Far Cry 5 rather than a fully fledged sequel.
The giant nuclear ‘mushroom cloud’ is something that we have seen before and the teaser hints further at the post-apocalyptic setting of the game. In the brief video clip, the following can be heard via the dramatic voiceover:
“None of us were ready for The End. The flames devoured everything, and when death rolled through our valley, our world turned cold and dark. The years of rain, the howling winds, gave way to blue skies and a new world in bloom. We felt hope. We were wrong.”
The part about the flames could be a hint at a nuclear bomb exploding and ‘death rolling into the valley’ would be the death that followed the explosion. The ‘years of rain and cold’, meanwhile, could hint at nuclear winter. The teaser trailer is very interesting indeed, especially given that at the end, we see someone loading a crossbow. This could well be our lead character, but at this point in time, it is hard to say for sure.
Luckily, the worldwide reveal isn’t far away. It will be interesting to see what the game does differently compared to previous titles in the Far Cry series, given the dramatic departure in terms of setting and theme.
Post-apocalypse has long been a popular theme amongst gaming developers, with the genre seeing somewhat of a resurgence in recent years. Naughty Dog’s critically acclaimed The Last of Us, for instance, was one of the highlights of the last generation of consoles, while casino software developers have also such dystopian scenarios in their titles; many of the top online casinos in the UK feature thematic titles such as Fear the Zombies and Slots of the Dead.
According to general consensus, Fallout 76 has done a really poor job at capturing the hearts of audiences and this might represent something of an opportunity for Ubisoft to capitalise. By most accounts, Far Cry 5 was well-made and very immersive, so if Ubisoft can pull that off again, then we don’t see why the game would not be a massive hit.
For more news and information regarding Far Cry: New Dawn, stay tuned.