And now for the second of Ubisoft’s rumours today. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out another Far Cry on the way. However, according to a few tantalising details procured from a live action filming crew, Far Cry 5 may actually be set in the Wild West, with a release date aimed at September.
The production crew have been filming on a Montana prairie, while the total shoot “stretched more than 5,000 miles from California to Montana.” Jeff Guillot, the producer in charge of the shoot, said “this is a sequel to an existing global franchise” that it “will be released in September.” He adds that the game “is of a world that takes place in an imaginary location.” His previous work includes ad campaigns for Ubisoft’s Driver, Rabbids, and Red Steel 2.
This has fuelled speculation that the crew are filming a trailer for an all-new Far Cry title, potentially set in a fantastical take on Westerns. A survey sent out by Ubisoft a few years back also included a question asking if fans would like “a Far Cry game in the Spaghetti Western style set in the late 19th century.” Ho hum.
My first thought when reading Guillot’s quotes was that perhaps we were dealing with Red Dead Redemption 2. After all, the locations line up, and Rockstar’s game launching in September seems like a fairly realistic prospect. However, Red Dead Redemption 2 will be set in real-world locales, pretty much ruling it out of this film shoot.
By the time September rolls around it will have been close to three years since Far Cry 4 launched. We had the stop gap Far Cry Primal last year of course, but the rehashed topography and shortened campaign assured us this was a side project more than anything. To that end, it seems reasonable Ubisoft may be looking to get a new Far Cry out in 2017, in particular when it increasingly looks as if Assassin’s Creed Origins (info leaked earlier today) may be a 2018 title.