Far Cry 6: Release date, price, gameplay, platforms, multiplayer
Ubisoft's first-person shooter Far Cry 6 is coming to PC, PS5, Xbox Series X, Xbox One, PS5 and Stadia. Here's everything you need to know.
As one of the biggest third-party publishers in the video games industry, Ubisoft isn't short on marquee franchises. Assassin's Creed, Ghost Recon, Rainbow Six, Rayman, Prince of Persia, Heroes of Might & Magic and more all come from the famed French developer. One of its most loved series, however, is Far Cry.
When the first Far Cry game emerged in 2004 it was instantly elevated into gaming folklore. We'd never seen such a vast, open world before, one where the gameplay felt unstructured and open to the player's interpretation. And the detail in the jungle landscape, above and below the waterline, was unparalleled for a game of that size.
Since then, the Far Cry series has continued to push the boundaries of what is possible in an open-world game. It is known for its edgy storytelling, exotic locations and sense of scale. In July 2020, Ubisoft officially announced Far Cry 6. It's the sixth game in the main lineage, but there have been multiple spin-offs, too.
Here is everything you need to know about Far Cry 6.
What's in this guide?
- Watch the Far Cry 6 trailer
- Release date: When will Far Cry 6 come out?
- Platforms: What consoles is Far Cry 6 coming out on?
- Price: How much is Far Cry 6?
- Story: What is Far Cry 6 about?
- Far Cry 6 gameplay preview
- Does Far Cry 6 have a multiplayer mode?
- Where to buy Far Cry 6 in Australia?
- Ubisoft Forward: When was Far Cry 6 announced?
- Far Cry 6 key features
- List of Far Cry games
Watch the Far Cry 6 trailer
Release date: When will Far Cry 6 come out?
Far Cry 6 will release worldwide on 18 February 2021. It's quite a quick turnaround from announcement to release, with gamers only forced to wait nine months to play the title. However, it has become a typical release window for the series, with the last four games all released in mid-February to early March. As such, we don't expect Far Cry 6 to be delayed.
Platforms: What consoles is Far Cry 6 coming out on?
Far Cry 6 will release on PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X, PS4, Xbox One, PC and Google Stadia. Given that the game is releasing so close to the launch of the next-generation PS5 and XSX consoles, it's no surprise to discover the game is cross-generational. Google Stadia support is also intriguing since the cloud-based streaming service is still in its infancy and not available in many countries, including Australia.
Price: How much is Far Cry 6?
The price of Far Cry 6 is expected to differ between formats and versions. The current-generation standard version of Far Cry 6 is likely to come in at a lowest price of $79 as is typically seen with other games. However, there are unconfirmed rumours, based on the pre-orders prices of some games, that the PS5 and Xbox Series X games could come in at a higher price. This could be between $89 and $99. However, this is not official.
There are expected to be four versions of the game:
- Gold: Comes with a season pass.
- Ultimate: Comes with the Jungle Expedition, Croc Hunter and Vice pack bonus DLC.
- Collector's: The Ultimate version of the game, with a steel book case, a 64-page art book, stickers, a Chorizo keyring, a soundtrack, a Yara map and a 72cm display "Tostador" flamethrower.
Story: What is Far Cry 6 about?
Far Cry 6 is set on a fictional Caribbean island called Yara, which is inspired by Cuba. The island is in a state of revolution, with the population rebelling against El Presidente, Anton Costillo, and his young son Diego. It's a dictatorship and Costillo believes the people, and their freedoms, must be held under tight control or the nation will implode.
However, it's not a black and white story of good versus evil. Costillo was born into his position of power and wealth, and when his father died, he took up the role of El Presidente with the revolution already in full swing. When the game begins, Costillo doesn't expect to survive for long and is working hard to ensure his son Diego is ready to lead the country following his death. However, Diego is uncertain about what kind of ruler he wants to be.
The player stars as neither of these characters, however. As Dani Rojas, you are a freedom fighter and guerrilla soldier looking to rid the island of Yara of its dictator and return it to its glory days. You can play as either a female or a male Dani.
Far Cry 6 gameplay preview
As the street fighter Dani Rojas, you'll need to turn anything you can get your hands-on into a makeshift weapon. The island of Yara is described as "the largest Far Cry playground to date", allowing you to explore great distances on foot or via vehicle. Outside of completing story missions, you'll be looking to sow unrest, recruit Amigos and level-up your abilities as we've seen in previous games. How you go about achieving these side quests will be left to you.
Does Fangs for Hire return?
Fangs for Hire, a feature introduced in Far Cry 5, returns under a new name. That new name is Amigos and refers to your ability to befriend an animal companion that will fight alongside you in the game. One such Amigo is a dachshund (read: sausage dog) called Chorizo.
Does Far Cry 6 have a multiplayer mode?
A two-player multiplayer mode will be part of the Far Cry 6 experience. As of the time of writing, the details of that multiplayer experience have not been revealed. Previous games in the series have featured a co-op mode, a fact that has many Far Cry fans excited. It's worth noting that Far Cry 5 did have an online-only co-op mode, adding weight to this hope.
A co-op mode in Far Cry 6 would be an awesome addition, especially if it's local co-op as well as online. However, it could also be a Horde-mode experience, where you and a friend fight off enemies or complete standalone missions outside of the main story experience.
Where to buy Far Cry 6 in Australia?
Far Cry 6 will receive a wide release across all major retailers in Australia. As well as a digital version via the likes of Xbox Marketplace, the PlayStation Store and the Epic Games Store, a box copy version will be available for physical purchase. Amazon, JB Hi-Fi and EB Games will be popular destinations, alongside department stores (Target, K-Mart and Big W) and the likes of The Gamesman and OzGameShop.
Ubisoft Forward: When was Far Cry 6 announced?
Although information had leaked in the week beforehand, Far Cry 6 was officially announced on 13 July 2020. It was at the closing act at the first Ubisoft Forward online event.
Far Cry 6 key features
- It sits across two genres: action-adventure and first-person shooter.
- It returns to the tropical, jungle setting of the earlier games in the series.
- In addition to jungles, we can expect coastal towns, farmland and cities.
- The environment features a mix of modern and mid-20th century equipment.
- You can recruit animal companions called Amigos to fight with you.
- Unlike recent games in the series, hero character Dani Rojas is voiced.
- Actor Giancarlo Esposito plays the protagonist and El Presidente.
- The game is being developed by Ubisoft Toronto, which has also worked on Far Cry 5, Far Cry 4 and Far Cry Primal.
List of Far Cry games
- Far Cry (2004)
- Far Cry Instincts: Evolution (2006)
- Far Cry Vengeance (2007)
- Far Cry 2 (2008)
- Far Cry 3 (2012)
- Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon (2013)
- Far Cry 4 (2014)
- Far Cry Primal (2016)
- Far Cry 5 (2018)
- Far Cry New Dawn (2019)
- Far Cry 6 (2021)
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