Far Cry 7 could take Ubisoft’s popular series in an entirely new direction by leaning into a more “online-oriented approach.”
That’s according to a recent report from Axios Gaming’s Stephen Totilo, who says that, following the recent release of Far Cry 6, “Ubisoft is aware that a shake-up is needed.”
As for what this shake-up will include, Totilo claims a source has said that Ubisoft is “exploring a more online-oriented approach for a sequel.”
This wouldn’t be the first time we’ve heard the rumble of Far Cry’s re-invention; Earlier this year Bloomberg’s Jason Schreier suggested during an episode of the Triple Click podcast that the next game in the series could take things in a “fundamentally different direction.”
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Exactly what this more online-oriented approach might consist of and whether it will be a spin-off or an outright overhaul of the mainline series, however, is unclear.
Earlier this year, Ubisoft said (via Axios) it was looking to diversify its offering with more free-to-play and mobile releases, along with its big-budget AAA titles. In that line, we’ve just seen the announcement of the free-to-play Ghost Recon Frontline and there’s also Assassin’s Creed Infinity, the mysteriously planned development of the long-running Assassin’s Creed series.
With that in mind, it doesn’t seem entirely improbable that Ubisoft is looking to make changes to Far Cry. However, it’s worth noting that these reports are not confirmation of Ubisoft having definite plans to move the series online. If there are internal discussions they can always change and we won’t know for sure what the future of the series holds until we hear it from Ubisoft.
Analysis: Is It Time for a Shake-Up?
Far Cry 6 is the latest release in the Far Cry series and the general consensus in reviews seems to be that, yes, it is more Far Cry for good and for bad. In our own four-star review, we thoroughly enjoyed the familiar fun of the game, as well as its compelling story and cast of characters. But we also felt it played better in short bursts because it “can often lean a little too much into the trappings of the series, and it’s not exactly free of that tried-and-tested Ubisoft level of repetition. “
If tried and tested is becoming tired and tested, it probably isn’t so bad that Ubisoft is already thinking about how it will make things feel more fresh next time around. The point is that a more “online-oriented approach” is kind of vague.
Far Cry is a series that may be suitable for experimentation with online multiplayer elements. But will longtime fans who look forward to their annual fix of single-player Anarchy be happy if it turns up the mainline release? Our instinct is probably not.
Online multiplayer games and battle royales are hugely popular, so it’s easy to see why plugging those elements into an existing series might make sense. Feel Like a cool way to freshen up your formula. But it is not a sure fire fix. As an example, the newly announced free-to-play Ghost Recon Frontline is currently receiving backlash as fans of the series express their displeasure by hitting the dislike button on the trailer on YouTube.
Then there’s Assassin’s Creed Infinite. It’s still kind of a mystery but reports suggest that it will be an online game that will evolve into a live service over time, with Ubisoft stating that “rather than continuing to baton from game to game, we’re going to go deeper.” We believe this is an opportunity for one of Ubisoft’s most beloved franchises to grow in a more integrated and collaborative way.” Could something like this work for Far Cry?
The Far Cry franchise may need some changes, but what? Rights Change remains to be seen. Maybe Ubisoft is waiting for the dust to settle around Far Cry 6 but we’re interested to see what the future holds for the series.
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