Far Cry 5

Today, Ubisoft showed off some proper footage from Far Cry 5, its upcoming first-person shooter about liberating an American community from an extremist Christian militia. The new footage featured the game’s “guns for hire” system: fleshed-out NPCs who back up players with unique skills like sniping and driving a helicopter.

Here’s Far Cry 5's new gameplay trailer:

Far Cry’s latest installation, slated for a February, 2018 release, is a departure from every previous Far Cry game—in locale more than gameplay. It takes place in modern Hope County, Montana as opposed to the far-flung Himalayas or Central Africa. In Far Cry 5's Hope County, a hyper-religious militia has taken root under the auspices of “The Father” Joseph Seed, essentially an extremist cult leader. Locals are faced with the decision to join Seed’s movement or die.

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Far Cry 5 can be played single-player or two-player co-op. The player is a deputy sheriff tasked with arresting Seed. In terms of gameplay, Far Cry 5 promises more melee weapons than in iterations past. Pitchforks, baseball bats and sledgehammers will feature prominently.

Today, Far Cry 5 producer Dan Hay introduced E3 viewers to the new gameplay clip’s setting: “deep in cult territory, cut off from the rest of the world. They closed the roads. There’s no cell phone signal, no 9-11. People are fucking scared.” Much of the game depends on how many allies a player can convince (or hire) to help them unhinge Seed’s death grip on Hope County. NPCs with their own backstories will assist players by sniping from high ground, shooting from a helicopter or driving their truck into a violent cult action. Today’s footage also showed off Boomer, a dog who both mauls enemies and fetches their guns for you.

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Several Far Cry games address semi-contemporary political issues, like Nepal’s Maoist insurgency or civil war in Central Africa. Far Cry 5's focus on hyper-religious pockets of America echoes recent nationalist movements like Ammon Bundy’s occupation of an Oregon wildlife refuge. Producer Dan Hay said during a May press event, “I began to get the sense that America was ready for a Far Cry. . . In the last year and a half I got that feeling back like we’re riding a wave and something is going to happen. Like there’s going to be a calamity and going to be a collapse.”