When we last visited Hope County, things went out in a bang (literally). The bombs fell, causing the collapse prophesied by Joseph Seed and the Project at Eden’s Gate.
Fast forward 17 years to Far Cry: New Dawn, and the world has changed significantly – a ‘superbloom’ of nature has reclaimed the world, and humans strive to survive in a post-apocalyptic wasteland where resources are slim, and new dangers seek to threaten humanity.
Building on the world of Far Cry 5, here is a list of five reasons why we’re excited for Far Cry: New Dawn.
CRAFTING SOME BADASS WEAPONS
The world is not the same as it was before – manufacturing is no more, and resources are scarce and often hard to come across. To make sure you are prepared for battle, you’ll have to craft your weapons to make them stronger and more practical. Using items and resources from everyday life, you’ll get to craft some awesome new offensive firepower (keep an eye out for the Saw Launcher, it’ll probably be your favourite) as you take on the Highwaymen and protect a more peaceful way of life in Prosperity. It isn’t just limited to weapons though – expect to see some mechanical marvels as you acquire heaps of different vehicles as well.
The Highwaymen aren’t just exclusive to Hope County, they’ve spread their influence far and wide across North America. Throughout the game you’ll be able to visit new and different locations through the Expeditions system, where you’ll witness locations such as a desolated theme park in the swamps of Louisiana, or a windswept arid valley of Arizona. You can pick your favourite Guns For Hire to accompany you, and even undertake missions as co-op with your friends as well. Along with completing the missions, you’ll get to see the effects of radiation on the biomes in different locations, and see how the superbloom has changed other environments as well.
THE NEW BAD GUYS
The Highwaymen are a ruthless collective of scavengers that spread across the landscape, living in the now and ensuring they take everything they can and leaving nothing in their wake. Equal parts Mad Max and motocross, they seek out resources and spread their bright graffiti across Hope County and beyond. Led by maniacal twins Nikki and Lou, the Highwaymen are a force to be reckoned with – and a threat to the peaceful way of life in Prosperity. It’s up to you to take the fight to them.
NEW GUNS AND FANGS FOR HIRE
So you need a little help taking on the Highwaymen on a difficult mission, or you’re about to hit a particularly difficult outpost. That’s where the Guns For Hire system comes in – pick your specialist and make your way through with a little bit of help. Each specialist comes with a different skillset and perks, as well as unique dialogue and quips that will have you entertained as the bullets fly. Keep an eye out for Nana; she may look old and sweet, but she’s a sharp shot with a sharp tongue. There’s also Carmina, a young girl who grew up in the post-apocalyptic scenario, and hasn’t known anything but the world she currently lives in.
People not really your thing? How about a Fang For Hire instead – Timber the dog is not only cute AND cuddly, but he’ll tear your enemies apart and RIDE IN VEHICLES WITH YOU. You can even confuse your enemies even more with Horatio the Boar as he rips the Highwaymen to shreds with his tusks.
ESCALATIONS MAKE OUTPOSTS MORE CHALLENGING
So you’re someone who likes a challenge, and simply capturing an Outpost from the Highwaymen just isn’t going to cut it. Sure, you can claim the Outpost and harvest resources such as Ethanol to add to your supplies, as well as picking up a fast-travel point… OR, you can liberate the Outpost, raid it for supplies and then leave it alone for the Highwaymen to reclaim. But beware, each time you allow an Outpost to be escalated, things are going to get harder – stronger Highwaymen units will appear, and conditions will be more difficult (so you’ll have to make sure you upgrade your weapons) to recapture the post.
PRESS START GOT AN EARLY SNEAK PEEK AT FAR CRY NEW DAWN IN MONTREAL, CANADA. FLIGHTS AND ACCOMMODATION WERE PROVIDED BY UBISOFT.