Today, we obtained our first take a look at Far Cry 6, the following entry in Ubisoft’s flagship collection. This time round, you lead a guerilla revolution, preventing to free the fictional island nation of Yara from its brutal dictator. Ahead of the reveal, Ubisoft shared a presentation and allow us to chat with narrative director Navid Khavari. While the studio isn’t prepared to speak about gameplay specifics, we had been capable of dive extra into the setting and characters. 

A Fight For Freedom

Welcome to Yara, a tropical paradise frozen in time, situated within the coronary heart of the Caribbean. The island has seen higher days. As Ubisoft places it: “Decades of economic sanctions have devastated the nation, leaving it impoverished and divided.” As its dictator’s practices get more and more extra disturbing (extra on that under), you’ll get swept up in a modern-day guerilla revolution. Your journey to burn down this tyrannical regime takes you thru the island’s lush jungles, dense cities, and delightful seashores. Ubisoft is looking it “the most expansive Far Cry playground to date.”

You play Dani Rojos, who you possibly can select to be male or feminine. “In terms of Dani, what we wanted to do was explore a character that is fully voiced, fully performance captured and you can play as both male and female,” Khavari says. “We also wanted a character that was born and raised on the island of Yara, is a local, and someone who didn’t necessarily see themselves as part of a revolution or an uprising, but who gets swept up in the Libertad movement.”

Khavari says a small staff went right down to Cuba to soak up all the things for inspiration. “We got to meet with the locals and explore the culture and the diversity, but we also got to talk to actual guerrillas who fought in the revolution there,” he says. “There are all sorts of reasons people will join up and fight in a guerilla revolution. Some want to shoot guns and feel that adrenaline kick, while others are looking to do it for the country and for the flag. I think that dynamic was really interesting narratively, and then also from the gameplay perspective, the idea of this David versus Goliath dynamic. Also, because the island has been under a blockade for about 50 years, having to make do with what you have was really interesting. In terms of gameplay and also in terms of how you approach Far Cry 6.”

Ubisoft says to anticipate some unconventional weapons as a consequence of attempting to make do with what’s out there on the island along with having autos and animal companions. 

The Antagonist Is Ruthless Dictator Antón Castillo 

Far Cry is understood for its crafty villains. From radical cult chief Joseph Seed to maniacal king Pagan Min, the collection is filled with intense personalities. Antón Castillo, performed by Giancarlo Esposito (Breaking Bad, Better Call Saul), actually suits that invoice and has his personal complexities. As El Presidente of Yara, he’s stored the nation below his tight management, usually resorting to brutal strategies to attain what he thinks is the “greater good.” He was elected to return the struggling island to its former glory and can cease at nothing to attain his imaginative and prescient. 

Antón believes the island was at its greatest 50 years in the past earlier than the primary revolution. When we sat down with Khavari, he revealed that Antón’s personal father was in control of the nation throughout that point. “The revolution actually took over and ended up executing Antón ‘s father right before his eyes,” he explains. “So right from the beginning, Antón has grown up with this perspective and mindset and worldview that the island was stolen from his family. And because Yara over the years experienced this economic decline, I think Antón saw that as proof that only the Castillo family can really save Yara. So when he’s elected to power, he does so on the promise to rebuild paradise, to bring Yara back to the money it had 50 years ago. But what he doesn’t say is that that paradise isn’t for everyone, that those who dare speak out against his methods will be rounded up into essentially a forced labor state, one that is forced to work at gunpoint to see his vision of the country.”

Antón And His Son Diego’s Relationship Takes Center Stage

The trailer made clear that Antón’s relationship along with his son could be an essential facet of Far Cry 6; he’s primarily grooming this younger man to succeed him. But will Diego comply with his lead? That’s for us to find once we play. It’s additionally what makes Antón one in every of our most fascinating villains to this point. One minute he’s a crafty chief, the following a caring father. 

“The touchstone for us was having this character who was born amidst revolution and developed a very twisted worldview after the execution of his father, but also someone who is a father himself,” Khavari says. “I think there’s just something interesting about what it’s like to be in the room with the dictator and see how they try to justify what they’re doing and see things from their perspective. On top of that, seeing Antón as a character who not only is running a country but is also as a father, trying to pass down these lessons to his son that are twisted and basically brutal and offensive. At the same time, the layer on top of that is he loves Diego. He wants him to grow up safe and secure, and he actually believes he’s doing the right thing. I think that’s something that Giancarlo, who is playing Antón, really keyed in on right from the beginning.”

So the place does playable protagonist Dani match with these two characters and what kinds of relationships will he have with them? Ubisoft isn’t prepared to speak specifics but, however we did get Khavari to tease extra about this facet of the sport. “That triangle of characters between Antón, Diego, and Dani is absolutely crucial,” he says. “What I can say is that with Diego what we found really interesting was this idea of this is a 13-year-old teenager. I think a lot of folks can remember what it was like being 13, at least I do. It’s hard enough to figure out who you are and what you’re gonna do in this world and what does it all mean? But try doing that while also being the son of a dictator who is running a country. We really wanted to create a character in Diego that is riding a razor’s edge – that you don’t know exactly where he’s going to land. Is he going to follow in his father’s footsteps? Is he going to be a brutal dictator himself? Or is he going to forge his own journey, his own path? So I’m excited to see what players think of that.”

The World Has More Verticality Than Past Games

For a primary within the collection, Yara homes a sprawling capital metropolis, Esperanza. You can navigate the space extra stealthily or go weapons blazing in firefights by way of the streets. “Right from the beginning, we knew that we would want to do a capital city,” Khavari says. “We are going to be talking about a lot of the gameplay elements at a later date, but it definitely changes the way you play and approach things. When you have a city, there’s definitely verticality involved… and you really get the sense of a revolution. Because a guerrilla revolution usually starts in the jungles and in the farmlands, but you sort of circle and approach Antón. And when you attack a city, you just feel the weight of oppression, just in the scale of the buildings, being able to navigate rooftops and alleys. It not only changes the way you play, but it changes how the narrative feels.”

“Guns For Hire” Returns

One of the preferred and profitable components from Far Cry 5 is again. This time round, it’s referred to as Amigos For Hire, the place you possibly can pair up with A.I. companions that will help you. From a jaded ex-KGB spy to an cute wiener canine, you possibly can name in some backup to your missions. Ubisoft wouldn’t get into specifics, besides to substantiate this function is again. According to Khavari, wiener canine Chorizo is the favourite among the many dev staff. “I can say maybe as a little tease, he kills with kindness, so I’m excited for people to experience that.”

It Already Has A Release Date

Far Cry 6 is ready to launch on February 18 for PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Stadia, and PC. Ubisoft confirmed if you buy the sport for PS4 or Xbox One, you possibly can improve to a next-gen platform at no further price after the launch.