Far Cry: Primal is a $60 game and not the Blood Dragon successor you were hoping for

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Yesterday, when we reported on the leaked news of Ubisoft’s next Far Cry, Primal, we’d hoped the game would be a tongue-in-cheek bit of silliness, a $15 bauble like the fun and silly Blood Dragon. It looks like that’s not the case, and the game will be a proper, fully fledged Far Cry game. That means it’ll sell for a $60 price.

Here’s what it’s all about:

“Welcome to the Stone Age, a time of omnipresent danger and limitless adventure, where giant woolly mammoths and saber-toothed tigers rule the Earth, and humanity is at the bottom of the food chain. As the last survivor of your tribe, you will learn to craft a deadly arsenal, fend off fierce predators, and outsmart enemies to conquer Oros and save mankind.

The award-winning Far Cry franchise that stormed the tropics and climbed the Himalayas now enters the original fight for mankind’s survival with its innovative open world gameplay, bringing together massive beasts, breathtaking environments, and unpredictable 360-degree combat in one savage package.”
Here’s a list of the game’s features.

  • RISE ABOVE EXTINCTION: Conquer your land, and your enemies, in the original fight for mankind’s survival.
  • EXPERIENCE THE STONE AGE BY FAR CRY: Enter an open world sandbox filled with the unpredictable chaos and peril that the best-selling Far Cry franchise is known for.
  • CONQUER EPIC BEASTS: Hunt down dangerous predators, like the savage saber-toothed tiger and the elusive woolly mammoth.
  • BECOME THE APEX PREDATOR: Defeat the deadly tribes of Oros as you fight to unite mankind.
  • DISCOVER THE DEADLY WORLD OF OROS: Fight to survive amid lush redwood forests, harsh taiga, frozen tundra, and murky swamps.

It sounds to me like it’s taken a cue or two from Ark: Survival Evolved, only without the rideable dinosaurs, which is a bit of a bummer. It also seems like scavenging, hunting animals and crafting stuff has taken front and centre. Honestly, that’s never been my favourite thing about Far Cry, and I don’t think I’ll get much joy from mercilessly killing digital animals this time around either.

I also struggle to take the game seriously when its setting is named after a sugary drink, but that may just be me.

Far Cry Primal is set in 10,000 BC, which according to Creative Director Jean-Christophe Guyot is a great setting for the franchise.

“The Stone Age is the perfect setting for a Far Cry game. Far Cry usually puts you at the edge of the known world, in a beautiful, lawless and savage frontier. The Stone Age is, in a way, the very first frontier for humankind; it’s the time when humans put a stick in the ground and claimed land for their own, the time when we started climbing the food chain. That came with conflict against other humans, of course, but also against nature itself.”

A Far Cry without guns? Okay then. It will, however, presumably have you climbing up trees to unlock maps or something.

Last Updated: October 7, 2015

Geoffrey Tim

Editor. I’m old, grumpy and more than just a little cynical. One day, I found myself in possession of a NES, and a copy of Super Mario Bros 3. It was that game that made me realise that games were more than just toys to idly while away time – they were capable of being masterpieces. I’m here now, looking for more of those masterpieces.

  • Grand Admiral Chief

    Puh-lease, I conquer Oros on a daily basis

    • Did you just call your wife fat?

      • Grand Admiral Chief

        Hah, nothing can be further from the truth. OROS THE DRINK. However, I can see why you got confused, since OROS has two zero looking letters in it…

      • Hammersteyn

        BWAHAHAHAHA!

      • Commander JJ of the Normandy

        Screenshot

    • Alien Emperor Trevor

      Because you’re the OROS MAN!

      • Grand Admiral Chief

        I wish, I really struggle to pick up weight

        • Alien Emperor Trevor

          So you’re like JJ?

          • Grand Admiral Chief

            No I don’t wear eye-liner

        • Hammersteyn

          More beer and steak! Never mind I’ll show you this weekend

          • Grand Admiral Chief

            Dude, I’m near broke of all the beer and steak, ever since the accident, really struggling to pick up what I’ve lost

          • Hammersteyn

            Wow, didn’t think it’s that bad.

  • Grand Admiral Chief

    They are shamelessly doing the CoD thing with FC-P. Trying to milk the ARK idea franchise

  • Alien Emperor Trevor

    Far Cry: Primehl.

    • Grand Admiral Chief

      ^This guy gets it

  • oVg

    Pre-order the day one DLC and season pass now!!!

    Got to admit, it looks coooool. But knowing Far Cry, the frame rate will be shit on the console.

    If they kept the frame rate on par with MGSV Ill be happy to fork over $100.

    Come on Ubisoft, you have no 3rd person to render and its next gen 2016. Stick with the program and lock it at 60fps.

    • Nikola

      You have to get the season pass I mean I can’t believe people don’t, it really “pays off” big time!

  • Grand Admiral Chief

    I tawt I taw a NALEDI

  • HairyEwok

    Sooooo no guns, you’ll have to wing it with spears bows and rocks. How will you travel the open world? Surely you can’t tame anything to travel faster. This game is so so close to being a mash up of ARK and AC.

    • Mark Treloar

      Yip, and get get to craft a mammoth sized wallet so that you can collect more nose bones to trade for sharper rocks and pointier spears.

  • Fnuik

    It looks like FC4 without guns, and the existing animals have been re-skinned. Bit more fur on the elephants and larger teeth for the tigers.

    Wonder what the badgers are gonna look like.

    • Nikola

      hahaha damn I wonder as well pre-historic honey badgers, mind blown boom!!

      • Ir0nseraph

        They weren’t easy to kill in the first place, now just think trying to kill the prehistoric version with a stick XD

        • Nikola

          Exactly we are sooo fucked hahaha

  • Greylingad[CNFRMD]

    So….Mammoths and Sabre tooths…Spears and bows… Yep, definitely the first Far Cry I’ll skip… And they don’t even feature Homo Naledi…shame on them…

    • Ir0nseraph

      Can’t see myself picking this one up, kinda a shame really enjoyed the far cry series to date.

      • Hammersteyn

        That co-op missions from FC4 XD

      • Greylingad[CNFRMD]

        Yep! Me too! Michael Mando was still the best antagonist to date, but this doesn’t appeal to me, partly because I’m tired of having to hunt for bloody satchels….

  • Commander JJ of the Normandy

    I think it looks pretty awesome.
    I’d love the idea of FarCry going more this route, or how they had the Yeti in FC4.

    • Nikola

      Me too, at least it’s a bit different! Change things up a bit:)

  • Grand Admiral Chief
    • Greylingad[CNFRMD]

      HAHAHAHAHAHAHAH!!!!!! I have not blown coffee through my nose as hard as I did just now, in years…

      • Grand Admiral Chief

        Actually, that gem is FROM LAZYGAMER, years ago, Geoff’s handiwork

        • Greylingad[CNFRMD]

          Awesome! thanks man! I haven’t laughed that hard in a very long time! Geoff has an amazing ability!

  • I think I will stick with ARK for now.

  • Commander JJ of the Normandy

    It feels like FarCry is still trying to find its niche. Sure, they’re working on the “memorable villains” thing, but if they really want to give it a different swing maybe go the mythical creatures route like they did with the FC4 Yeti idea. Nothing large scale like this, just a single mythical beast in each game to watch out for.
    I’d find that pretty interesting.

    • Hammersteyn

      I know not of this Yeti as I do not partake in nickel and dime DLC.
      *Hides Destiny

      • Commander JJ of the Normandy

        Hehe. I don’t even have FC4, but I’ll get the GOTY sometime probably. FC4 is already so cheap by itself.

  • Hammersteyn

    Too bad, I’d pay $90 for a proper Blood Dragon sequel with more Michael Biehn,Sigourney Weaver and maybe even Bill Paxton. Game over man, game over!

    • Commander JJ of the Normandy

      Needs some Kurt Russel for me.

      • Hammersteyn

        YES! and some Carl Weathers

        • Commander JJ of the Normandy

          Oh wow dude. You’re just pulling out all the stops now! 😀

        • Greylingad[CNFRMD]

          In essence: Every.Single.80s.Star.EVER!!

          • Commander JJ of the Normandy

            Only the sci-fi ones, I think.

          • Greylingad[CNFRMD]

            No! The Action heros! Arnie will feature someday…

          • Commander JJ of the Normandy

            Arnie was in Predator, so he wil definitely fall under sci-fi also.

          • Greylingad[CNFRMD]

            But he vas in Tearminator too!

          • Commander JJ of the Normandy

            Yes. He vas. But my wife and I are huge Predator fans, so it’s always the first one that comes to mind 🙂

          • Greylingad[CNFRMD]

            That’s true! Some would vouch for the Conan series too…

          • Commander JJ of the Normandy

            He sure was in a lot of movies in the 80s

          • Greylingad[CNFRMD]

            *in every movie in the 80s…

          • Grand Admiral Chief

            Indeed, I have it on good authority that the predator is better looking that a certain someone’s eyebrowy husband…

          • Commander JJ of the Normandy

            That’s just mean. Besides, he also had some pretty nasty brows.

          • Grand Admiral Chief

            And a particular hairstyle, that has a very interesting history…

          • Commander JJ of the Normandy

            Well then you best be careful. I clearly have some Predator in me.

          • Grand Admiral Chief

            Easy to beat, I’d just have to ‘chill’

  • Nikola

    Still to the date best Far Cry for me was the first one. It had the best story by far and I still remember the first time I saw one of those mutant things got quite a shock, there are monsters in this game??? Only drawback of the first one is that it didn’t have an open world but when it game to story for the best Far Cry game the rest are just average run around shoot and skin oh and climb towers same stuff over and over!

    • Commander JJ of the Normandy

      I agree with you.
      The first one with a bigger, more open world, and some of the mechanics from the newer games would be excellent.

      • Nikola

        Yip exactly that! Would be a really great game. I think it’s still doable if they change things up a bit and not just rehash it with same open world activites like add new things, climbing towers is getting old now haha

        • Greylingad[CNFRMD]

          This time around you’ll climb trees/treehouses….

          • Nikola

            WOW!!! Innovation at it’s best hey! hahaha….

          • Greylingad[CNFRMD]

            Can you imagine swaaing from tree to tree using riempies you put together from Mammoth trunk leather?

          • Nikola

            Holy crap!! My mind has offically been blown that would be amazing, only Ubisoft has the innovation and ideas to create something that “amazing” no other developer would dare;)

          • Nikola

            and make armor out of pre-historic gorrilas imagine that spear proof!!

  • Tidycpc

    I like the idea

  • Viking Of Science

    As I tweeted last night, They should rename it to fARKry

  • Steffmeister

    First farkraai I’m actually interested in.

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