Not too long ago there was a rumor that #Ubisoft was planning to launch a sequel or remastered version of Far Cry 3, and fans were excited to learn more. Sadly it turned out to be false, but recently there has been a plethora of information dropping across the internet about how the fifth installment of the Far Cry franchise could be making a move to the 19th century American wild west.
In a recent article on the Great Falls Tribune, it was noted that Jeff Guillot was filming a promotional clip for an upcoming video game, Jeff's crew used drone camera to film what was described as "a man fighting with another man near a hanging bell as a train rolls by on the tracks a half-mile away."
Now that in and of itself isn't necessarily anything concrete considering that the film crew couldn't release the name of the video game, but did confirm that the game would use production area covering nearly 5,000 miles from California to Montana, So let's think about that for a moment.
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Considering that we know that Jeff had previously partnered with Ubisoft to film a live action trailer for Far Cry Primal, Driver and Red Steel 2; it makes sense that the studio would call on him again for another live action trailer.
Yet, even though it's far from confirmed it's an interesting idea considering that the only other big name western era game is the upcoming #RedDeadRedemption2, but considering that #Rockstar is not known for live-action trailers it's not likely to be connected. Here are the clues pointing towards an announcement of Far Cry going wild in the west.
Far Cry Has Taken Us Around The World Already
Considering that since the first game was released in 2004, we've been taken from Micronesia to Africa, an island in the Pacific to the Himalayas, and all the way back to the stone age. Thanks to Far Cry Primal, Ubisoft learned that they can take the franchise to any time period and fans will still play, so when Ubisoft launched a survey (for which they're known to do in regards to their Assassin's Creed property). On the survey, specifically directed toward the future of the Far Cry franchise, a "western theme" was one of the intriguing options.
Taking the franchise into the American #WildWest would be a bold move by Ubisoft, especially if the rumors of being released in September pans out to be true. What makes this all more interesting is the fact that it would mean that Ubisoft is planning to launch Far Cry around the same time as the new Assassin's Creed launch, which is not an expected move from Ubisoft.
Ubisoft Needs To Take Big Chances To Stave Off The Impending Vivendi Buyout
Yet, bold moves could be what Ubisoft needs to do in order to survive. Considering that there have been countless threats and rumors of a hostile takeover by the media conglomerate, Vivendi, perhaps launching both major titles that take drastic changes is what will help them survive another few years without losing footing in their war with Vivendi?
Regardless of where Ubisoft takes Far Cry, they definitely have something coming that will take gamers to the wild west, considering that there have been numerous reports that development teams have been all across Big Sky Country interviewing locals and exploring the reaches of the closest that America still has to the wild west. Plus, don't think we're going to forget Red Dead Redemption 2...
What do you think, is heading west a smart move for Ubisoft to take the Far Cry franchise? Comment below with your thoughts.