Far Cry 5: Everything you need to know

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The full-fat skinny on everything you need to know about Far Cry 5 on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.

Quick Facts

  • Genre: First-person shooter
  • Developer: Ubisoft Montreal
  • Publisher: Ubisoft
  • Release date: 27 March 2018
  • Platform: PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC
  • Player:Two-player online co-op
  • Classification: MA15+


After a short delay, Far Cry 5 is on target for release on the 27th of March, and it’s poised to be the best one yet. It’s not surprising, then, that after a prehistoric detour in Far Cry Primal, Ubisoft has returned the series to its familiar contemporary setting. Except this time exotic locations around the world have been replaced with something which is, on the surface, blander: Montana in the US of A.

Despite the seemingly straight setting, Ubisoft Montreal is crafting another very, very mad world that’d make Gary Jules weep. This time it’s up to the player to take out a deadly apocalyptic cult that doesn’t mind culling the herd as much as it loves forcibly adding to its flock. The developer is an old hand at crafting Far Cry experiences, but while previous entries have flirted with greatness, they’ve never quite nailed the execution. Far Cry 5 seeks to double down on everything that makes the series great: more weapons, more companions, more activities, and more co-op.

Far Cry 5 releases 27/3/2018 in Australia. Until then, here's everything you need to know about tearing up the fictional Hope County in Far Cry 5.


Story: What’s going on in Far Cry 5?

The setting might be different, but the undercurrent of madness remains the same. This time, though, you’re fighting against the Eden’s Gate militaristic doomsday cult. As far as cults go, that’s the very, very bad kind. You play as sheriff’s deputy tasked with arresting the head of Eden’s Gate, Joseph Seed. Understandably, that doesn’t go so well, initially, and the rest of the game plays out as both a fight for survival as well as a battle to protect the innocent people of Hope County.

Far Cry 5: The setting

Far Cry 5 is set in the fictionalised Hope County in the very real US state of Montana. If you’re familiar with the lay of the land of Montana, don’t expect Hope County to be specifically recognisable, but you can expect that it looks like it belongs in Montana. This means an abundance of greenery, forested sections, plenty of lakes, ranges of mountain and island variety, and a whole lot of farms.

Far Cry 5: The tone

Get caught up in the Bible-bashing story trailers for Far Cry 5 and you might expect it to be a dark affair. While that’s certainly true of the core narrative, there’s a lot of lightness to help balance things out, both in side quests and open-world activities. To help put that into context, Far Cry 5 has been rated MA15+ by the Australian Classification Board, with consumer advice of strong themes, violence and drug references, and online interactivity (classified on 5 December, 2017).

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Far Cry 5: The characters

There are several NPCs that you’ll come across in Far Cry 5 that range from good, bad, to nutty and everything in between:

  • Joseph Seed: The big-bad cult leader who believes he’s chosen by God to do the nasty stuff he does. You have to arrest him (but will likely end up killing him, hopefully).
  • Hurk: A returning character from Far Cry 3 and Far Cry 4. He’s an oddball who’s handy in a fight.
  • Casey Seagal: A friendly member of the Resistance and waiter/cleaner in The Spread Eagle bar.
  • Faith Seed: The half-sister and voice of Joseph Seed who may or may not have supernatural powers of influence.
  • Grace Armstrong: One of the Guns for Hire companions who packs a long-range punch care of her dead-eye aim and sniper rifle.
  • Jacob Seed: A former army sniper and current recruiter who’s in charge of cult security. This bad dude is also the brother of Joseph.
  • Jerome Jeffries: A priest who spat out the Eden’s Gate Kool-Aid and has seen the light of the Resistance. He fights for the freedom of Hope County.
  • John Seed: Ubisoft describes him as the “reaper for Eden’s Gate”, which is a charming way of saying he doesn’t mind using any means necessary to convert people to his cause. Or, y’know, kill them.
  • Mary May Fairgrave:Owner of The Spread Eagle bar and seeker of vengeance against Eden’s Gate for destroying her family.
  • Nick Rye: A crop-duster pilot turned militarised Gun for Hire who’ll gladly drop a payload on fanatic cultists on your command.
  • Boomer: A faithful former bird-dog turned loyal companion for the protagonist, should they so choose to use this particular Fang for Hire.

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Far Cry 5: Character customisation

Yup, you read that correctly. For the first time in the series, Far Cry 5 will feature character customisation. No more having to put up with painful protagonists, ’cause you can build your own. Select a male or female avatar at the start, then customise to taste. Ubisoft is cagey (at the time of writing) about how deep the customisation goes, but there’s leaked info about a home base with avatar customisation, which suggests you’ll be able to change the look of your hero during the game if you’re not a fan of who you started with. It’s worth noting that this is a first-person game, so you’re not likely going to see much of your avatar.

Gameplay: What’s it like to play Far Cry 5?

In short, it’s a hell of a lot of fun to play Far Cry 5. That’s based on multiple preview sessions, to date, and playing around with a lot of the game mechanics. It’s a first-person shooter, so expect plenty of shootin’, as well as other non-shooting activities.

Far Cry 5: The weapons

Here’s a breakdown of every goddamn weapon we know is in Far Cry 5 (not including the variants). Weapons can also reportedly be customised to suit your stealthy, long-range, or other destructive tastes.

  • AR-C Rifle: Fully-automatic assault rifle that gets the job of cultist-slaying done.
  • D2 Shotgun: A great choice for close-quarters combat. Like it says in the Good Book, two sawn-off barrels are better than one.
  • Rock: It’s not going to kill anyone in the Old Testament sense but it’ll distract your enemies.
  • MP40: A German-made machine pistol that puts a World War II spin on your submachine gun expectations.
  • MBP .50: That .50 may read like a half gun, but it’s short for 50 calibre, which is an overpowered choice for popping enemy noggins.
  • M1911 Pistol: Don’t be fooled by its age. This pre-WWI-era sidearm is a trusty go-to gun in a lot of shooters, and now Far Cry 5.
  • Dynamite: Built for demolition, destined for destruction. Put the big bada boom on the big bada baddies with this stick of explosive death.
  • Grenade: A modernised stick of dynamite that doesn’t require matches. It’ll put an explosive end to vehicles and groups of cultists.
  • Compound Bow: Conjure up your best Rambo reference for this stealthy option that also has explosive-tip bolt options.
  • Baseball bat: If it’s good enough for Donny “The Bear Jew” Donowitz, it’s good enough for you. This all-American Louisville Slugger has a taste for cultist brains. Best feed it.
  • P226: Basically, it’s just another pistol, except with a big ol’ mag. If bullets matter more, it’s a goer. Otherwise, there’s a better option below.
  • 44 Magnum Handgun: A revolver that makes you feel like Dirty Harry in a Far Cry game, because feelings towards another IP aren’t protected by copyright laws.
  • Skorpion: You could float like a butterfly and sting like a bee. Or you could ditch the similes and metaphorically light-up a bunch of goons with this SMG.
  • MP5k: It’s an MP5, k? The same ol’-faithful SMG you’ve been spraying since GoldenEye 007.
  • SMG-11: It’s got SMG in the name, but what it doesn’t have is that it’s an Uzi, which is hella handy for one-handed shootin’ in Far Cry 5.
  • AR-CL: Despite being a less catchy acronym for a B-side version of YMCA, this is an AR turned semi-auto sniper rifle.
  • AK-47: It likely won’t be called that, but there has been a customised M70B1 (read: AK) spied in Far Cry 5 store screens. Built for culling cultists one full-auto mag at a time.
  • M133: A pump-action shotty. Not as how’s-your-holy-father as a sawn-off double-barrel, but it gets the job done.
  • SBS: No, this ain’t about international news, it’s the longer take on the sawn-off double-barrel shotgun. Buckshot aplenty, bucko.
  • SPAS-12: Another pump-action shotty, except this one has bragging rights over being used to (unsuccessfully) hunt raptors in Jurassic Park.
  • 308 Carbine: A sniper’s sniper rifle, for when you want to feel you really earnt that long-range headshot because you were using a bolt-action gun.
  • SA-50: No grunts made it from earlier Far Cry games to Far Cry 5 but this semi-automatic sniper rifle did.
  • Marlin Model 1895: Another rifle spotted in the store that won’t have this name for legal reasons, but it will make you feel like a lever-action cowboy.
  • MKG: Can only imagine MKG is short for “my killing gun”. That’s exactly what this light machine gun will do in Far Cry 5.
  • M60E4: Another gun that’ll have a different name, but this light machine gun will be kicking arse and taking names.
  • RPG: This fires a single dumbfire rocket that’ll send any dummies who get caught in its explosive radius to Kingdom Come.
  • Carl Gustav M4: Guaranteed to not have old mate Carl’s name for legal reasons, this other rocket launcher can shoot smarter ordnance than the RPG.
  • LPO-50: It’s a flamethrower. No matter your steak preference, well-done cultists are most definitely on the menu with this strapped to your back.
  • M79: A Far Cry classic, the grenade launcher returns and is still classified as a one-handed sidearm.
  • Browning M2HB: You know the drill: ditch the realistic name for something gamified. This is a heavy machine gun and will be attached to stuff in Far Cry 5.

What enemies are in Far Cry 5?

There are, of course, your run-of-the-mill cultists who make great gun fodder. There are tougher underbosses to fight, who soak up the lead before going down. Enemies can also be shot into an incapacitated state and revived by nearby buddies. This includes the tougher ones, so embrace rule two from Zombieland. Then there’s the head-to-toe-armoured backup that’s called in to stop you. They back heavy machine guns and take a pounding.

On top of this, though it’s yet to be properly identified, there are enemies with an odd intoxicated cloud above their head. These foes soak up more bullets than Ned Kelly before they bite the dust. Treat them with the lead-filled respect they demand.

Is there a map editor in Far Cry 5?

Yes, Ubisoft has confirmed that Far Cry 5 will have a map editor, even though it wasn’t in Far Cry Primal. The straightforward map-editing tools will let you forge your own unique combat zones. Build and share to your heart’s content. Ubisoft has promised “exciting new features” and more details in an E3 2017 post but, at the time of writing, no additional information has been released since this announcement.

What open-world activities are in Far Cry 5?

There’s a lot to do in Far Cry 5 outside of the main missions. You can liberate outposts, as is the standard in Far Cry games. But the Ubi-towers have been absent from multiple preview sessions. You can race cars, drive boats, hunt exotic animals, as well as fly helicopters and planes. There’s a stack of side quests you can score from NPCs. One of the bigger new additions is fishing, which is actually quite layered in terms of its mechanics. It’s easy to lose a lot of time trying to catch the biggest fish.

What vehicles are in Far Cry 5?

There are stacks of rides in Far Cry 5. There’s the civvy stuff, like quadbikes, cars, and trucks. Then there’s farming equipment, like tractors with front-mounted blades that’ll shred cultists (and cows) in no time. There are also boats for getting around on the water. In terms of flying, there’s a variety of helicopters, planes (complete with machine guns, rockets, and bombs), and the wingsuit makes a return. You can jump out of flying machines, activate your wingsuit, then pop your parachute when you get low to the ground.

There’s also a fast-travel option for an aerial spawn that, like the opening of Predators, has you falling from the sky above the fast-travel point. It’s handy for Just Cause entrances, just ’cause. There’s also at least one militarised vehicle, found in a side mission, which is basically an Optimus Prime truck decked out with heavy machine guns. It’s awesome. You can learn to sabotage vehicles, too.

What companions are in Far Cry 5?

Far Cry 5 has two companion systems: Guns for Hire and Fangs for Hire. Guns for Hire include long-range snipers like Grace Armstrong and aerial support from Nick Rye. You can only have one companion at a time. Other Guns for Hire have been hinted at but not revealed at this stage.

In terms of Fangs for Hire, there’s Boomer the not-so-mangy mutt. He can quietly take down patrolling cultists – or those chasing you in a fight, if you prefer – and he also plays fetch with enemy weapons. Good boy! Other furry companions are available, too, including cougars and even a bear.

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Far Cry 5 online and multiplayer

At the time of writing, Ubisoft has only confirmed a cooperative mode for Far Cry 5. There isn’t support for local, split-screen co-op play, but two players can play cooperatively online. Unlike past Far Cry games, Far Cry 5 will let two people play the game in its entirety. It supports drop-in/drop-out co-op, meaning players can join and leave at any time. All that’s required is for both players to have completed the tutorial.

Players joining a game will appear as a custom character, and there’s full support for in-game voice chat. You can also reportedly enable friendly fire, if hurting your friend is up your alley, plus you can also share health packs and ammunition. There’s a catch, though. Only the hosting player is able to accept missions and keep progress in the world. The connecting player will retain progression, guns, money, perks, and loot, as long the unlocked items don’t come from completing missions.

If you wander too far away from each other, you’ll be teleported closer together. There’s no support for random matchmaking, which means only people on mutual friends’ lists will be able to play together.

At the time of writing, Ubisoft hasn’t detailed any competitive multiplayer modes for Far Cry 5. That said, the PlayStation Store and Microsoft Store listings note 2–12 networking players for online play, which suggests a yet-to-be-announced competitive mode or modes. The PlayStation Store listing also notes that a PlayStation Plus membership is required to play online multiplayer. It’s anticipated that the Xbox One version will also require an Xbox Live Gold subscription to play online multiplayer in Far Cry 5.

Far Cry 5 DLC PlayStation 4 owners will receive a free Far Cry 5 skin pack

These skins will be available to Xbox One and PC players, too, but will have to be purchased by redeeming Uplay Units. The Father Edition and Deluxe Steelbook Edition of Far Cry 5 come with the Digital Deluxe Pack that includes:

  • Weapons: Signature AR-C Rifle and a Signature 44 Magnum Handgun.
  • Big Game Hunter Pack: ATV, Compound Bow, and an outfit.
  • Ace Pilot Pack: Helicopter, 1911 Handgun, and an outfit.
  • Chaos Pack: Fast Buffs (x4), Furious Buffs (x4), Molotov Cocktails (x4), Animal Bait (x4).
  • Explosive Pack: Helicopter, 1911 Handgun, and an outfit.

The Far Cry 5 Gold Edition includes the Season Pass as well as the Ace Pilot Pack and Big Game Hunter Pack.

The post-release DLC has been announced and a Season Pass is confirmed, which includes additional content, gear, and stories. Console players who purchase the Season Pass will also receive access to the single-player content for Far Cry 3 Classic Edition four weeks prior to Far Cry 5’s launch.

  • Hours of Darkness: The first DLC drop transports players back in time to Vietnam to fight against Viet Cong soldiers.
  • Dead Living Zombies: A Call of Duty Zombies-sounding second DLC drop where players square off against zombies in B-movie scenarios.
  • Lost on Mars: The third DLC drop takes players to Mars in a fight against Martian arachnids.

Far Cry 5 install size on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC

  • Xbox One: Currently unknown
  • PlayStation 4: Currently unknown
  • PC: Currently unknown

Far Cry 5 enhancements on PlayStation 4 Pro and Xbox One X

Far Cry 5 will be enhanced for both PlayStation 4 Pro and Xbox One X versions of the game. There are no details on the specifics of the PlayStation 4 Pro enhancements at this stage. The Xbox One X version, though, is listed on the official Xbox One X enhanced list, which notes that it will be Xbox One X Enhanced, as well as support 4K Ultra HD and high dynamic range (HDR).

This means Xbox One X owners with a 1080p (Full HD) TV can enjoy upscaled textures as part of the Xbox One X’s supersampling feature, which renders 4K textures at 2K resolution. To play Far Cry 5 in 4K resolutions and/or with HDR, players will have to own a compatible 4K-capable TV. At this stage, it’s unclear whether “Xbox One X Enhanced” simply refers to the 4K Ultra HD and HDR support, or whether it will include other features, such as the option for a performance mode (higher frame-rate) or other Xbox One X additions.

Can my PC run Far Cry 5?

Ubisoft has released required PC specs to meet minimum configuration, recommended configuration (60fps), as well as 4K configurations (for 30fps and 60fps).

Minimum configuration

  • OS: Windows 7 SP1, Windows 8.1, Windows 10 (64-bit versions only)
  • Processor: Intel Core i5-2400 @ 3.1GHz or AMD FX-6300 @ 3.5GHz or equivalent
  • Video card: Nvidia GeForce GTX 670 or AMD R9 270 (2GB VRAM with Shader Model 5.0 or better)
  • System RAM: 8GB
  • Resolution: 720p
  • Video preset: Low

Recommended configuration (60fps)

  • OS: Windows 7 SP1, Windows 8.1, Windows 10 (64-bit versions only)
  • Processor: Intel Core i7-4770 @ 3.4GHz or AMD Ryzen 5 1600 @ 3.2GHz or equivalent
  • Video card: Nvidia GeForce GTX 970 or AMD R9 290X (4GB VRAM with Shader Model 5.0 or better)
  • System RAM: 8GB
  • Resolution: 1080p
  • Video preset: High

4K 30fps configuration

  • OS: Windows 10 (64-bit version only)
  • Processor: Intel Core i7-6700 @ 3.4GHz or AMD Ryzen 5 1600X @ 3.6GHz or equivalent
  • Video card: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 or AMD RX Vega 56 (8GB VRAM with Shader Model 5.0 or better)
  • System RAM: 16GB
  • Resolution: 2160p
  • Video preset: High

4K 60fps configuration

  • OS: Windows 10 (64-bit version only)
  • Processor: Intel Core i7-6700K @4.0 GHz or AMD Ryzen 7 1700X @3.4 GHz or equivalent
  • Video card: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 SLI or AMD RX Vega 56 CFX (8GB VRAM with Shader Model 5.0 or better)
  • System RAM: 16GB
  • Resolution: 2160p
  • Video preset: High/Ultra

Here’s a list of the supported Nvidia cards at the time of release:

  • GeForce GTX600 series: GeForce GTX670 or better
  • GeForce GTX700 series: GeForce GTX760 or better
  • GeForce GTX900 series: GeForce GTX950 or better
  • GeForce GTX10-Series: GeForce GTX1050 or better

Here’s a list of the supported AMD cards at the time of release:

  • Radeon 200 series: Radeon R9 270 or better
  • Radeon 300/Fury X series: Radeon R7 370 or better
  • Radeon 400 series: Radeon RX 460 or better
  • Radeon Vega series: Any Radeon Vega series

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Far Cry 5 FAQ

Q: Will Far Cry 5 be on Nintendo Switch and last-gen consoles?
A: No. Far Cry 5 will only release on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.

Q: Will Far Cry 5 have microtransactions and/or lootboxes?
A: There will not be lootboxes in Far Cry 5, according to this EPNdotTV interview . No word on microtransactions at this stage.

Q: Will Far Cry 5 have a beta?
A: Nothing has been announced, but it’s unlikely that Far Cry 5 will have a beta.

Q: Will Far Cry 5 be on Steam?
A: Yes, Far Cry 5 will be available on Steam. It’s also available on Ubisoft’s digital platform, Uplay.

Q: Will Far Cry 5 support VR?
A: Ubisoft has made no announcements regarding VR support in Far Cry 5.

Q: Will Far Cry 5 be online only?
A: It’s not known at this stage whether Far Cry 5 will require an online connection to play single-player content.

Q: Will Far Cry 5 have cross-platform multiplayer?
A: No. Cross-platform play will not exist in Far Cry 5, even if Microsoft is open to the idea of cross-play between Xbox One and PlayStation 4.

Q: Can Boomer and other companions die in Far Cry 5?
A: No, but Boomer and other companions can be incapacitated and must be revived using a healing syringe. They will automatically revive once a fight is over.

Q: Will Far Cry 5 have towers?
A: This is unclear, but extensive hands-on time suggests towers will not be in Far Cry 5.

Q: What’s the Far Cry 5 controversy all about?
A: There was a minor controversy after the announcement of Far Cry 5 from a vocal minority upset about the game’s US setting and apparently white American enemies.

Q: Will Far Cry 5 have dinosaurs?
A: This is unlikely, though not out of the question. Not even prehistoric Far Cry Primal had dinosaurs, and that was a lot closer to their earthly reign than Far Cry 5.

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