Far Cry isn’t a series that’s afraid of jarring thematic changes, but heading from rural 21st-century Montana to the jungles of war-torn Vietnam is a stretch, even by this series’ lofty standards.
The first DLC expansion for Far Cry 5 is dubbed Hours of Darkness, and it plucks players from the warm embrace of a religious cult and drops them straight into the Vietnam war. It revolves around Wendell Redler, a character from the main campaign of Far Cry 5. He dished out a quest called What They Carried, which I presume is a reference to Tim O’Brien’s The Things They Carried, an excellent collection of Vietnam War stories. Anyway, Far Cry 5: Hours of Darkness will recall Redler’s time in the military, rescuing imprisoned squad mates and taking on the Viet Cong and North Vietnamese Army.
The expansion is going to include a new map to explore, new gear and abilities, as well as two unique modes that are available upon completing the story. Survivor Mode provides the player with an extremely limited loadout, while Action Movie Mode dishes out a toybox of napalm and RPGs for some over-the-top action.
It’s been far too long since we’ve had a Vietnam game, so I’m unashamedly up for it. Remember when we had that mini-rush with Battlefield Vietnam, Vietcong, Shellshock, and Conflict: Vietnam? I reckon they’re probably all terrible now but it was a welcome change of pace from World War 2.
Anyway, in addition to the DLC, all Far Cry 5 players will also get free access to new Vietnam-themed assets for the Far Cry Arcade mode. Maps and modes can then be built using these assets. If someone could recreate BFV’s Operation Irving that would be absolutely fantastic, thanks.
Far Cry 5: Hours of Darkness will be out on June 5th on all platforms, while the Vietnam-themed Far Cry Arcade assets are available right now.