Far Cry New Dawn: Gameplay Preview

Far Cry New Dawn takes place 17 years after the catastrophic ending of Far Cry 5, and developer Ubisoft Montreal is providing up a colourful riff on the post-apocalypse milieu. While you’ll discover the identical map that you simply did in Far Cry 5, Hope County has reworked considerably. The as soon as modernized panorama has been reclaimed by nature, and numerous factions struggle over ethanol, the rarest and most precious useful resource, to rebuild the world of their picture.

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I used to be invited to play the primary few hours of the marketing campaign and, in scale, New Dawn appears extra akin to Far Cry Primal than Far Cry: Blood Dragon. While this spin-off harbors tantalizing secrets and techniques and new developments revolving round storylines and characters carried over from Far Cry 5, the sport has been designed to be completely approachable for brand spanking new gamers who haven’t performed the mainline title.

According to New Dawn’s artistic director, Jean-Sebastien Decant, the thought for the sport sprouted from the rubble left within the aftermath of Far Cry 5’s most notorious ending, which noticed Hope County get blown to excessive heaven. (The sport has a number of endings relying in your decisions.)

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“We have been pondering completely different concepts of the right way to finish the sport,” Decant explains. “[The nuclear ending] opened up numerous alternatives. We thought, wow, this enables us to get to Far Cry set in a post-apocalyptic setting, [which] we’ve wished to do for such a very long time. If you take a look at the post-apocalyptic themes, it’s really near what Far Cry is. It’s a lawless frontier, you’ve an area through which the wildlife and animals are fairly harmful, and teams of persons are preventing for survival.”

At its middle, New Dawn operates largely identical to any latest entry within the collection. But the post-apocalyptic setting does provide a recent aesthetic. Flora and fauna have primarily swallowed all remnants of civilization (vehicles are half embedded within the earth’s crust, buildings are coated in vines, brilliant purple and yellow flowers are in bloom all over the place you flip), an ostensibly hopeful sight till you notice that the planet appears to have been doing simply advantageous with out people, a troubling thought that permeates the marketing campaign.

This overgrown model of Hope County additionally gives a slew of latest gameplay alternatives. “It was actually the context of the post-apocalyptic setting that gave us concepts and alternatives,” Decant says. “[The player is] missing assets, the world is a bit more harmful…how can we translate that into gameplay? That’s how we got here up with the sunshine RPG strategy. Characters is likely to be extra harmful than earlier than, so that you’d higher be ready. And you’d higher go searching for assets to construct instruments that may provide help to tackle massive challenges.”

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Indeed, mild RPG parts have been applied in New Dawn. Weapon crafting works hand-in-hand with the sport’s emphasis on useful resource gathering, and each weapons and characters have ranks, which inspires you to weigh your rank in opposition to a bunch of enemies earlier than deciding to confront them head-on. In my playthrough, the upper ranked enemies did pose a far better problem than weaker ones, however their larger rating wasn’t intimidating sufficient to discourage me from operating in weapons blazing, and typically, whereas these encounters have been difficult, I sometimes got here out on prime regardless of being outranked. This was solely the primary part of the sport, so maybe the rating system turns into extra pertinent afterward.

The sport’s fundamental antagonists are twins Mickey and Lou, who lead the Highwaymen, primarily pirates who overtake communities by drive. It’s your mission to struggle off the Highwaymen by taking on outposts, sabotaging (or higher but, looting) their ethanol provides, and customarily opening hearth on them wherever they’re in sight.

Speaking of outposts, they function a bit in a different way this time round. When you declare one, you’ve the selection of both preserving it and utilizing it as a base and quick journey level or scavenge it for provides and abandon it. Doing so will permit the Highwaymen to reclaim the outpost and fortify it with stronger defenses. Capturing the reclaimed outpost once more will reap a lot better rewards. It’s a pleasant system that will increase replayability in a approach that matches snugly inside the narrative.

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Aside from gameplay tweaks like this, New Dawn doesn’t deviate an excessive amount of from the Far Cry components—there are each human and animal companions you’ll be able to select to accompany you in your missions of mass homicide, and there’s a perk system that provides wrinkles to each fight and traversal. But there may be one new function, known as “Expeditions,” that feels fairly recent and expands the expertise in a giant approach. In these missions, you’ll be helicoptered away to different areas of the nation to take care of the Highwaymen (they’ve bought chapters all throughout the nation) over invaluable provides and gadgets. These missions are distinctive in that they’re not tethered to the primary map, in order that they’re like extra extremely curated and specialised outposts which were optimized for co-op play.

“I used to be excited by the thought of visiting different locations exterior of Hope County,” Decant says of the sport’s expeditions. “I wished a Six Flags [theme park] within the Bayou, and I wished to go to Alcatraz, and we have now it.”

The Expedition I launched into with a co-op buddy noticed us zip lining down from a cliff to the flight deck of a large plane service. We have been tasked with infiltrating the bowels of the ship to retrieve a bundle after which escaping to an extraction level on a close-by seashore, warding off waves of enemies all through.

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Gunning down baddies with a pal was numerous enjoyable, which wasn’t an enormous shock. What was stunning, although, was how a lot the extent design added to the enjoyable. The ziplines have been fairly cool, however as soon as we hit the flight deck, issues bought fairly frantic in a great way. I bought a bit overwhelmed operating and gunning out within the open, so I ducked right into a doorway that occurred to steer me up the gullet of the ship’s flight management tower, downing enemies as I ascended flooring by flooring.

At the highest, I popped out onto a walkway that conveniently introduced a mounted turret that I gleefully used to rain hell down upon the ocean of armed thugs surrounding my associate, who was fending them off with a flamethrower. As if this wasn’t superior sufficient, I then ziplined again all the way down to the flight deck (firing off rounds on my approach down, as you do), jumped down into the cargo bay, grabbed the precious bundle, after which sprinted to the seashore, the place I reunited with my buddy and took on just a few extra waves of grunts earlier than our helicopter extracted us from the mission. Needless to say, the Expeditions look improbable and may very well be the easiest factor New Dawn has to supply.

The few hours I spent with New Dawn have been pleasant, and I stay up for exploring the brand new Hope County additional and uncovering extra of the story, significantly the threads that tie again into Far Cry 5.

Far Cry New Dawn launches on Feb. 15 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. 

Bernard Boo is a contract contributor. Read extra of his work right here.

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