Update: Now that Far Cry 6 has leaked, Ubisoft posted a brief shot of Giancarlo Esposito’s character Anton on its social channels referencing the leak, and said to expect more of the game at Ubisoft Forward.
— Far Cry (@FarCrygame) July 10, 2020
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It looks like one of the announcements probably meant for this weekend’s Ubisoft Forward stream has leaked out onto the internet two days early, as Far Cry 6 has appeared on the Hong Kong PlayStation Network and spoiled the surprise for everyone.
As it turns out, the sequel appears to be the mystery video game Breaking Bad actor Giancarlo Esposito referenced working on in an interview with Collider that went live last week. A character bearing Esposito’s likeness is seen in the key art, and he appears to be playing the villain Anton Castillo, a dictator. Here’s the full English synopsis:
“Welcome to Yara, a tropical paradise frozen in time. As the dictator of Yara, Anton Castillo is intent on restoring his nation back to its former glory by any means, with his son, Diego, following in his bloody footsteps. Their ruthless oppression has ignited a revolution.
FIGHT FOR FREEDOM
Play as Dani Rojas, a local Yaran and become a guerrilla fighter to liberate the nation.
YARA TORN APART
Fight against Anton’s troops in the largest Far Cry playground to date across jungles, beaches, and Esperanza, the capital city of Yara.
Employ makeshift weapons, vehicles, and Amigos, the new Fangs for Hire to burn the tyrannical regime to the ground.”
Its English ver. pic.twitter.com/htPVQrQEn3
— James Huang (@james_huang_cn) July 10, 2020
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Along with the single player campaign, it looks like Far Cry 6 will feature a two-player cooperative mode, but that’s only inferred based on the store listing including a line about online multiplayer for two people. While this leak means we obviously don’t know the full breadth of systems the game will be coming to, the listing mentions that, if you have the PlayStation 4 version, you can freely upgrade to a PlayStation 5 version. Given that the PlayStation Network has Far Cry 6 slated for a February 18, 2021 launch, it makes sense that this would be a cross-generation game, as the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X will have been out for a few months by then. You know, if they make the nebulous Holiday 2020 release window Sony and Microsoft are touting.
But even then, the install base won’t be big enough for third-party companies like Ubisoft to ignore the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One completely. As is customary at this point, most developers will take a few years to completely abandon the old hardware, just because there are more of them in people’s homes and players will still be buying games on the old systems for years to come. While we haven’t seen any listing for an Xbox system yet, it’s probably safe to assume Far Cry 6 will be coming to Xbox One and Xbox Series X, and will probably have the same upgrade system in place for people who buy the game on those systems. But if you’re planning on hopping from one family of systems to another, these deals very rarely cross from PlayStation to Xbox and vice versa, so plan accordingly.
While we know Gus from Breaking Bad is about to be the next face of Far Cry, we also know Ubisoft is probably going to be showing off Far Cry 6 and more on Sunday’s Ubisoft Forward event, which will begin at 11 a.m. Pacific Time. Expect Far Cry, but also expect Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla and Hyper Scape to make appearances, as well.