The company’s flagship open-world shooter impressed critics and gamers in 2018 and everything we’ve seen about the tropical-themed Far Cry 6 has hinted that Ubisoft is leaning into what shined in the previous installment. However, COVID-19 related delays and release date leaks have made the future of the title a bit murky.
Here’s everything know about the upcoming launch of Far Cry 6.
When is the Far Cry 6 release date?
A Microsoft Store listing appears to have leaked that the title will be released on May 25, 2021. Ubisoft has yet to reveal when the title will hit shelves, but a recent statement by Ubisoft's chief financial officer Frédérick Duguet seems to confirm the recent Microsoft leak.
The executive stated during an October 2020 earnings call that Far Cry 6 is set to go out during Ubisoft's 2021-22 financial year, which begins on April 1, 2021. May 25, 2021 falls within that window, so if the listing is accurate Ubisoft should be getting ready with a release date announcement soon.
Before this, Ubisoft pushed back Far Cry 6's original February 18, 2021 release date back to "after March 2021" due to the coronavirus pandemic's effects on the company's workflow.
Is there a Far Cry 6 trailer?
Yes. Ubisoft debuted the official world premiere cinematic trailer for Far Cry 6 at Ubisoft Forward, a digital presentation hosted on Sunday, July 12. It confirms many of the leaks leading up to the reveal, mainly that it stars Giancarlo Esposito as the dictator of a fictional island nation in the midst of a violent revolution. Watch it above.
What is the Far Cry 6 plot?
Far Cry 6 seems like something of a prequel to previous Far Cry games and takes place in a fictional Caribbean nation called Yara that is clearly reminiscent of Cuba. But it's perhaps more accurate to say that it takes place years before the present day.
The main villain of the game is President Anton Castillo (Giancarlo Esposito), a ruthless dictator of the island nation who is grooming his son Diego to be his successor. Players control a character named Dani. "As Dani Rojas (playable as a female or male character), you will help stoke the fires of revolution through guerrilla warfare across the island of Yara," the official press release for the game explains.
While Ubisoft has not confirmed or denied this, one popular theory suggests that Diego is actually Vaas, one of the main villains of Far Cry 3, on account of a similar scar near the eyebrow. If this is true, the story of Far Cry 6 could actually have a previously unseen impact on the overarching narrative of the whole series.
What actors are in Far Cry 6?
The most obvious star in Far Cry 6 is Giancarlo Esposito, whom you may recognize as Gus Fring from Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul or as Moff Gideon in The Mandolorian. In this game, he plays the antagonist Anton Castillo, and the reveal trailer indicates that Esposito's performance will be super captivating.
He isn't the only notable actor though, as a credits sequence released for the game by Ubisoft confirms that Anthony Gonzalez, who portrayed Miguel in the Pixar film Coco, will portray Diego, who is possibly a young Vaas. Other actors confirmed in that cinematic title sequence include Sean Rey, Nisa Gunduz, Alex Fernandez, Jess Salgueiro, Shakira Barrera, Manuel Rodriguez Saenz, and more.
Which platforms will Far Cry 6 be on?
Ubisoft has confirmed that Far Cry 6 will be available across PC, PS4, Xbox One, Xbox Series X, Google Stadia, and Amazon Luna when it launches in February. This follows through on previous statements from Ubisoft that indicated that all titles coming out this fiscal year would be cross-gen.
Ubisoft has also confirmed that Far Cry 6 will support Smart Delivery on both next-gen consoles, so you won't have to pay to upgrade. A Nintendo Switch version of Far Cry 6 was not mentioned during its reveal. A port of the game to Switch is ultimately unlikely as no other Far Cry games are on the system and it's a weaker platform hardware-wise than its contemporaries.
What special editions does Far Cry 6 have?
For those interested in Far Cry 6, four different versions of the game will be available. Of course, there's the standard edition for $60, but players interested in the Season Pass can pick up the Gold Edition for $110. A $120 dollar Ultimate Edition includes everything from the Gold Edition, plus the "Jungle Expedition pack, the Croc Hunter pack, and the Vice pack" DLC.
Finally, the game will also receive a $200 Collector's Edition, which comes with everything from the Ultimate Edition plus a replica flamethrower, a steel book, an art book, stickers, a keyring, a map, and the game's soundtrack. While the higher-end versions of Far Cry 6 do get pretty expensive, they come with more content and some notable collectibles.
When will we see Far Cry 6 gameplay?
While Far Cry 6 was revealed on July 12, we, unfortunately, didn't get to see gameplay outside of some screenshots and a brief gif of the pre-order bonus dog. The press release that came alongside the reveal of the game teases, "You’ll use a powerful array of weapons and vehicles, and build a network of allies to fight alongside you, including Fangs for Hire like Chorizo, the dangerously distracting wiener dog," but we haven't learned much more than that.
Ubisoft has not shared when Far Cry 6 gameplay will be shown off, but there are a couple of possibilities. At the end of July 12's Ubisoft Forward, the publisher confirmed that another showcase would be held later in the year. While this is the most likely candidate, there's a chance it could also show up during Gamescom Opening Night Live, The Game Awards, or a console-dedicated presentation for Xbox, PlayStation, or Stadia.
Hopefully, we won't have to wait too long to finally get a true glimpse at gameplay.
Far Cry 6 will be released on February 18, 2021.