The day of rapture is upon us, oh ye faithful, with not only an announcement trailer for Far Cry 5, but also three character vignettes, and an official synopsis that confirms almost everything in the leak on Reddit earlier this week, including a “fanatical doomsday cult”, plus a map editor to properly prepare for the impending apocalypse as the voices in your head command.
“As the new junior deputy of fictional Hope County, Montana, players will find that their arrival accelerates a years-long silent coup by a fanatical doomsday cult, the Project at Eden’s Gate, igniting a violent takeover of the county. Caught off guard and drawn into a power struggle, players must disrupt the carefully laid plans of the Eden’s Gate Project, and fan the fires of resistance to help liberate the Hope County community and themselves,” the press stuff prophesies.
“Under siege and cut off from the rest of the world, players will join forces with residents of Hope County and form the Resistance. The fight against the cult will take players to unique locations throughout Hope County that provide different gameplay experiences. During their journey, players can fly planes to engage cult forces in aerial dogfights across Big Sky Country. While tracking down cult members and gathering resources for survival across farmland, forests, mountains and rivers, players can get behind the wheel of iconic American muscle cars, big rigs, ATVs and boats. Vehicles also provide refuge when under attack by animals or as a way to quickly escape when things don’t go as planned.”
Far Cry 5 will also feature a map editor (“more details coming soon”, apparently) and next to the regular Guns for Hire mercs, a new Fangs for Hire system to recruit “animals like bears and cougars to complement players’ playstyles”. According to a report on VG247, for the first time in the series, the campaign supports co-op and also for the first time in the series, the game’s protagonist is completely customisable.
Game’s out on PC, Xbox One, and PS4 on 27 February 2018.