Far Cry 5 will have a full reveal trailer this Friday, May 26th 2017. Based on pictures and confirmations by Ubisoft, the game will take place in Hope County, Montana, a fictional city. Based on the promotion picture, you can see churches, the iron cross, guns, sinner scarred into a prisoner and the image imitating The Last Supper from Leonardo Da Vinci. Obviously, this game’s setting will be controversial but I don’t want to talk about the obvious anger that will come from this game. I want to talk about the importance of setting and what appeals to audiences.
Most games don’t use Americans as villains. Especially not games made for a world-wide audience. Most modern games based in America with villains generally are set in the past such as the Mafia series, L.A. Noire, and Red Dead Redemption to name a few. Rarely are Americans the villains, especially not White Americans. This will be a new set of villains who may have a focus on Christianity which is a new archetype that is rarely explored as well.
Choosing Montana is an interesting setting because most games rarely take place in open American land. Most open-world games such as GTA or Saints Row are often based in New York, L.A, or Chicago. Montana is new state most games have never touched and the new setting can appeal to players who may have been tired of the wild areas such as the Himalayas in Far Cry 4 or the jungle of Far Cry 3. This game will take place in a country most players are familiar which can attract older and newer players.
I personally enjoyed Far Cry 3 and Blood Dragon but had no interest in 4 or Primal. The sequels felt too similar to one another. However, being based in America now has definitely caught my attention. I hope this game brings new ideas to the franchise besides skinning animals to buff your character and taking territories. While it was fun in the first two, I am already tired of the formula and fans are too based on sales of Primal and 4. Expect to hear people complaining on social media soon about the game soon. The teaser trailer is below