Ubisoft is working on not one, but two new Far Cry games. The first is the somewhat predictable one Far Cry 7, but the other is exciting, a standalone multiplayer spin on the traditionally solo (and more recently co-op) shooter. Kotaku claims Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot mentioned both of these potential games in an internal company meeting.
With Ubisoft positively churning out the Far Cry games over the years and Far Cry 6 release back in late 2021, you might have expected a new game to be right around the corner. However, progress towards these new games may be further away than you might think. Kotaku reports in an article (opens in a new tab) that Ubisoft is apparently switching from the Dunia engine to Snowdrop for the new games. Snowdrop is the technology that powers The Division games and Ubisoft’s upcoming Star Wars games.
While Insider Gaming (opens in a new tab) also reported that these two titles were originally born from a single idea, this is not something we can confirm. Although it is not surprising that we will see one Far Cry 7 soon, given its long-running success, having a dedicated multiplayer game will be a first for the series.
Warzone is that you?
Similar to what Activision got War zone as a standalone multiplayer battle royale, it looks like Ubisoft may be going down the path of live-service multiplayer games that are separate entities to the campaign story.
In my short playing period Far Cry 6, I could see the clues of a Battle Royale. The vehicles left around the map, the island biomes, and the amount of weapons littering the landscape seemed appropriately placed for hundreds of players to drop into and fight to the death. While there’s nothing saying this multiplayer Far Cry could be a battle royale, from what I’ve played in the past, I wouldn’t be surprised.
When it comes to making Ubisoft’s spin on Battle Royale stand out from the competition, if the developer leans into Far Cry’s long history of vicious local wildlife and AI-populated camps, I can see it making for an exciting game. Maybe let the last circle of the game not be a radioactive cloud, but a crowd of angry cassowaries that want to hack you to death.
One place to rule them all
I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t a little tired of Far Cry games. The last time I was excited to sit down and fight cults was with Far Cry 4. That being said, I could play this game again in the right place.
In 2015, a Ubisoft poll sent out to Far Cry fans was forwarded to Eurogamer (opens in a new tab), which collected every possible fan-favorite placement. While Ubisoft mentioned vampires and dinosaurs in this poll, the best suggestion I saw was the next game in the series traveling to the remote corners of Alaska. This is a place I could get out of bed, turn on my PC and fight angry cultists for.
While information is still thin on the next Far Cry games, standalone multiplayer could be the exciting change the series needs to give it a facelift and revitalize fans like myself. If you pair that with a sick place like Alaska, I might have no choice but to jump back into the psychedelic world of Far Cry.