Everything you need to know about Far Cry New Dawn

TURN BACK NOW IF THOU HAD’ST NOT FINISHED FAR CRY 5 AND DOST INTEND TO DO SO YET EVEN WITH THE LEATHERY WINGS OF APOCALYPSE FLAPPING WITH VENGEANCE AND CATACLYSM UPON US – YE, AMEN AND HALLELUJAH! – THOU UNSAVED AND PROFANE APOSTATES, LEST THINE EYES BE DEFILED BY THE SEVEN-HEADED BEAST OF END TIMES SPOILERS AND PECKED BY HELL TURKEYS.

The Far Cry 5 megamix sequel-expansion is out in two weeks or so, and now is the time to cleanse our souls and prepare for its coming. Set some 17 years after the bombs dropped – or, in the game’s vernacular, “the Collapse” – the survivors must now deal not only with the end of everything as they knew it, but also a new host of bad guys. Uh-oh, and you thought no more toilet paper would be your biggest problem in the post-apocalypse. WRONG.

Led by twin sisters Mickey and Lou, the Highwaymen turn up in Hope County and start making trouble. In desperation, the residents make a deal with New Eden – what’s left of the Project at Eden’s Gate – and no doubt things won’t work out exactly according to plan.

Some of Far Cry 5’s cast is back, including hillbilly messiah Joseph Seed, Pastor Jerome, and Hurk, but you’re a totally new, customisable protagonist. The game’s map is also more or less the same as the one in Far Cry 5, but somewhat reworked, and additional locations in Louisiana, California, and Arizona will feature as part of its new “Expedition” missions – these are optional, randomly-generated activities that support co-op with AI allies or an online partner. A home base of sorts is available in Prosperity, and can be upgraded using looted resources, and the franchise’s idiosyncratic Outpost system is in too.

Because civilisation – and by extension, erstwhile conveniences like commerce and industry – is over, you’ll have to scavenge and scrap things for parts to build and level up your gear. The announcement trailer, for example, introduced a buzz-saw launcher made up of motorbike spares. Groovy.

The game has a new roster of henchies, because obviously (almost) everybody else is dead. Besides Hurk, who is forever, new Guns for Hire include granny sniper Nana, and Carmina Rye, the daughter of Far Cry 5 characters Nick and Kim Rye. Fangs For Hire include Timber, a dog, and Horatio, a boar, who aren’t Peaches so that sucks because Peaches fucking ruled.

Far Cry New Dawn is out on PC, Xbox One, and PS4 on 15 February.

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