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The Far Cry series as always been known for throwing players into open worlds with a big emphasis on wilderness. Lush jungles, mountainous regions, deserted islands - that kind of thing. However, it sounds like Far Cry 6 is making a few major changes to that formula in an effort to keep the action fresh for longtime players.
Ubisoft has confirmed that a large portion of the game's open world island of Yara will be centered around guerrilla warfare in an urban environment. In other words, players are going to get explore the first major city in a Far Cry game, which is a huge departure from the norm. I'm certainly here for it.
Narrative director Navid Khavari discussed the game's setting as part of an interview on the Ubisoft blog. He revealed that Yara is partly inspired by Cuba, and that the developer wants to make it feel like "an island that is almost frozen in time, like a living postcard from the '60s that players can experience and walk through".
As you've probably seen from the trailers, Yara is ruled over by Anton Castillo, who's played by Breaking Bad star Giancarlo Esposito. Khavari explained that fighting across the city should make players feel like they're in the lion's den, right in the thick of where Castillo has the most power and resources.
"It's kind of an honor to be the first Far Cry that has a capital city," he continued. "It starts with the idea of building a country, right? You can't have an island - this country - without having a capital city, and I think there's a lot of love and care that they put into not only just building the city, but the demographics around that.
"This is the seat of Antón's power. This is where most of his supporters are, and on a narrative side, you want to feel like you're walking into the lion's den. And on the gameplay side, the verticality is a complete game-changer. Being able to run across rooftops, use back alleys, fight against some of the toughest opponents in the game in this setting, I think is really unique and fresh. And it completely changes the way the game feels."
Far Cry 6 is coming to PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC, PlayStation 5, and Xbox Series X on February 18th, 2021. I can't wait to see how the urban environment changes up the flow and feel of that classic Far Cry action - if indeed it does at all.
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