Ubisoft has announced Far Cry Primal, a “fully-fledged single player experience” due for release early next year.
Far Cry Primal is set during the Stone Age – 1o,000BC, to be precise. Naturally, this means that you won’t have any guns or vehicles to help you out this time around. Playing as Takkar, the last surviving member of a hunting group, you’ll need to explore the land of Oros and “tame the dangers of the wild.”
Primal appears to be neither a full-blown sequel nor a standalone downloadable game. Instead, Primal will be a boxed release for PS4 and Xbox One on 23rd February 2016, with a PC version following in March, making it sound as though it’s intended as a major release rather than a Blood Dragon-style spinoff. The game is currently in development by Ubisoft Montreal, with help from Ubisoft Toronto, Ubisoft Shanghai Studio and Ubisoft Kiev Studio.
From the press release:
The award-winning franchise that stormed the tropics and climbed the Himalayas now brings its innovative open world sandbox gameplay to a time when humans were not at the top of the food chain, but were fighting to climb it, bringing together massive beasts, breathtaking environments, and unpredictable savage encounters.
Gamers play as Takkar, a seasoned hunter and the last surviving member of his hunting group. Arriving in the majestic and savage land of Oros, players will pursue one single goal; survive in a world where humans are the prey. They will meet a cast of memorable characters who will help them push back and tame the dangers of the wild. Players will journey as the first human to tame the wilderness and rise above extinction. Along the way, they will have to hunt for food, master fire, fend off fierce predators, craft weapons and tools partly from the bones of slain beasts, and face off against other tribes to conquer Oros.
Sabretooth tigers and woolly mammoths are mentioned as featuring, though it isn’t clear from the press release whether you’ll be merely hunting them, or whether you’ll be able to tame them for riding. Last year’s Far Cry 4 let you ride elephants through enemy bases to hilarious effect, so it would be a shame if you can’t do something similar with a mammoth.
“The interesting thing about Far Cry is that it’s flexible, so when a team proposed to explore the idea of a Far Cry taking place during the Stone Age, we just said ‘let’s hear it!’ And the more we heard about it, the more we realised how much of a damn good idea it actually was,” said Dan Hay, Executive Producer at Ubisoft.
“The Stone Age is the perfect setting for a Far Cry game,” added Creative Director, Jean-Christophe Guyot. “Far Cry usually puts you at the edge of the known world, in a beautiful, lawless and savage frontier. The Stone Age is, in a way, the very first frontier for humankind; it’s the time when humans put a stick in the ground and claimed land for their own, the time when we started climbing the food chain. That came with conflict against other humans, of course, but also against nature itself.”
Ubisoft has released an announcement trailer for Far Cry Primal, which you can view below.