Far Cry: Primal's Stone Age Includes Sabretooth Tigers And Woolly Mammoths

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Far Cry: Primal's Stone Age Includes Sabretooth Tigers And Woolly Mammoths

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Far Cry: Primal takes players to the Stone Age, where sabretooth tigers and woolly mammoths are among the least of your problems.

Far Cry has a pretty simple formula for each game - drop players into distant, unfamiliar lands to face wild animals and deadly human threats. But last January, Ubisoft considered taking the series in amazingly outrageous directions, some of which included dinosaurs. Now Ubisoft has revealed the next Far Cry game, and dinosaurs sadly aren't included... but many other prehistoric creatures are. Far Cry: Primal heads back to 10,000 BC, when direwolves, sabertooth tigers, and freaking woolly mammoths were very real concerns.

"Stone Age is the perfect setting for a Far Cry game," Ubisoft creative director Jean-Christophe Guyot explained. "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."

Far Cry: Primal is set in Oros, a pristine land where humans are absolutely not the dominant species. You play as Takkar, the last surviving member of a hunting party who agrees to help the locals tame the environment. But many obstacles stand in your way, ranging from opposing tribes to enormous direworlves. To survive, Takkar will need to hunt, create fire, and take a stand against the enemies competing for Oros.

Much of Far Cry's recent gameplay will carry over to Primal, including the ability to craft weapons and tools from slain animals. You'll also stalk enemy outposts, develop your tribe, and master fire to expand tactical options. Fire has the benefit of scaring away nighttime predators, for example, but you can also set your weapon ablaze to increase your damage.

Modern vehicles won't be included, of course, but we might have something better - prehistoric animal companions. Far Cry: Primal's box art includes an image of Takkar standing beside a sabertooth tiger while they face a woolly mammoth. If accurate, I can't decide which prospect is more exciting: Befriending tigers, or riding woolly mammoths into battle.

Far Cry: Primal arrives on PS4 and Xbox One this Feb. 23, 2016, and will get a PC release the following March. More details for the game will follow as they become available.

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That sounds really cool. Between this and For Honor, Ubisoft are getting pretty creative, and actually making up for the fact that they suck like 95% of the time. Ever since their E3 conference they've seemed pretty dedicated to not sucking so hard.

I guess this means there can't be any radio towers in it, right?

This is awesome! I honestly can't remember the last game where I played as a caveman, and Far Cry 3 (and by extension 4 as well) was excellent.

IceForce:
I guess this means there can't be any radio towers in it, right?

Not directly, but something working as them. Probably just giant trees.

Then again, I wouldn't be surprised if they STILL threw in actual radio towers and a few guns and declare that the Main Character is actually a Time Traveler stranded in those times or something.

Weapon selection: Fist. Rock. Spear. Stone hatchet. Atlatl.

Bindal:

IceForce:
I guess this means there can't be any radio towers in it, right?

Not directly, but something working as them. Probably just giant trees.

Then again, I wouldn't be surprised if they STILL threw in actual radio towers and a few guns and declare that the Main Character is actually a Time Traveler stranded in those times or something.

Maybe in a DLC that's as ludicrous in terms of story and as fun to play as Blood Dragon.

so... Turok HD?
fuck yeah, I could always go for that
wonder how will they handle the weaponry though, having the same 4 weapons will probably get pretty stale

Looks promising, but I've enjoyed Far Cry 3 and 4, so I'm a bit pre-swayed, so to speak. (I've also now played Far Cry and FC 2, and... I've enjoyed 3 and 4...!)

At last there will finally be a half-credible reason why you're doing all this hunting instead of pursuing the allegedly more urgent story-line.

As for dinosaurs, guns, time travel et. al... This sounds like a really good argument for spinning off Primal into Blood Dragon 2 or its equivalent.

Oh, and incidentally: trailer after spoiler tag.

But...now, how am i supposed to scope out an enemy base with my custom painted overpowered sniper rifle called Cecilia?

So its ARK then. Only that fighting against animals was always a pain in the dick in FC and was only done as long as necessary to get the upgrades to fight the much more interesting humans.
Not convinced. Will see.

Wow, just wow. They took a series that started as mercenaries fighting in third world countries, to white boys going native, and are now going to cavemen. This series makes no fucking sense at all.

But this sounds awesome and I'm actually curious as to how they're going to make this work. Just using bows, spears, and axes may get boring kinda quickly.

I'm hoping they expand on the grappling system FC4 had to the point where you can swing between trees and such.

teh_Canape:
so... Turok HD?
fuck yeah, I could always go for that
wonder how will they handle the weaponry though, having the same 4 weapons will probably get pretty stale

Well I'm going to guess the game is going to have a very extensive crafting system in addition to potential actual melee combat.

songnar:
Weapon selection: Fist. Rock. Spear. Stone hatchet. Atlatl.

Pssst, bow and arrow. I think that may be what he actually had on his back.

Dango:
That sounds really cool. Between this and For Honor, Ubisoft are getting pretty creative, and actually making up for the fact that they suck like 95% of the time. Ever since their E3 conference they've seemed pretty dedicated to not sucking so hard.

That's what everyone, myself included, said about Watchdogs, then they went and screwed that up. So I'm hoping they've learned to stay the course.

OT: It's definitely a unique concept and I'm looking forward to seeing how they handle it. I'm hoping they really take advantage of the setting and time period.

It's a spin-off right? Blood Dragon was an amazing spin-off. Better than Far Cry 3. Considering that FC4 is the same old boring shit as FC3 it shouldn't be too difficult for this to be better.

Mortis Nuncius:

Bindal:

IceForce:
I guess this means there can't be any radio towers in it, right?

Not directly, but something working as them. Probably just giant trees.

Then again, I wouldn't be surprised if they STILL threw in actual radio towers and a few guns and declare that the Main Character is actually a Time Traveler stranded in those times or something.

Maybe in a DLC that's as ludicrous in terms of story and as fun to play as Blood Dragon.

This IS the Blood Dragon for Far Cry 4. What Blood Dragon as for Far Cry 3, Primal is for Far Cry 4. Just, apparently, with less deliberate cheese. Which is a bit sad.

Elfgore:
Wow, just wow. They took a series that started as mercenaries fighting in third world countries, to white boys going native, and are now going to cavemen. This series makes no fucking sense at all.

The numbered games are the "core" series which share the theme of "one man against a group of well armed mercs" in some form. Basically, it's what they tried they would do: A sequel in theme, not in gameplay. (tho 4 was more of a mission pack than a sequel)
The spin offs (Blood Dragon and Primal) take the GAMEPLAY of the latest game and just says "let's go nuts"

I always wanted more games involving prehistoric Earth, so I'm keeping an eye on this one.

a commet on RPS:
"WHAT? Are you saying I can't attach a scope to my spear and throw it with increased accuracy? This game is going to suck."

nearly fell of my chair! LOL

songnar:
Weapon selection: Fist. Rock. Spear. Stone hatchet. Atlatl.

Crafted rocket launcher that shoot crystal. :P

Honestly, all I could do during the trailer was loudly exclaim:

Oh my God first person mammoth hunting YES!

Because seriously that's mega fucking badass. Yeah, this looks rad. FC3: Blood Dragon was pretty awesome too. Looks like Ubisoft wasn't talking out of its ass when it talked about wanting to do more outlandish spin-offs.

Meiam:

songnar:
Weapon selection: Fist. Rock. Spear. Stone hatchet. Atlatl.

Crafted rocket launcher that shoot crystal. :P

Or this:

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Adam Jensen:
It's a spin-off right? Blood Dragon was an amazing spin-off. Better than Far Cry 3. Considering that FC4 is the same old boring shit as FC3 it shouldn't be too difficult for this to be better.

I completed FC3 twice... yet still can not bring myself to complete Blood Dragon.

This game has me infinitely more intrigued than Far Cry 4 ever did.

how are they going to create a charismatic psychopath with everyone saying 'unga-bunga"? Is that racist?

This looks great but I'm just sad that we never got anything as wonderfully tongue in cheek as the advertising material for Blood Dragon:

Xsjadoblayde:
But...now, how am i supposed to scope out an enemy base with my custom painted overpowered sniper rifle called Cecilia?

Bow and arrow, bow painted with berry juices and arrow covered in poison frog goo. The name will have to be Ug, though; they don't have the letters to spare for 'Cecilia'.

I am really impressed at Ubisoft taking the series to a unique setting. Unfortunately due to that setting it's going to make it necessary to kill a lot of animals, which was totally optional in the other Far Cry's, so I'm not cool with that. Kudos to the work they've done though.

Charcharo:
I completed FC3 twice... yet still can not bring myself to complete Blood Dragon.

You must be possessed by the devil then. It's the only logical explanation because that game is not pure awesome. It's awesome on 10 different illegal drugs.

Wow, I was not expecting this, but I'm on board already.

As someone mentioned, it'll obviously put a big limit on the number of weapons available, but I'm hoping they can really use the opportunity to expand the "jungle warfare" ideas that they've explored a little bit in some previous Far Cry games but never really completely developed.

Things like setting up traps and snares, utilizing poisons made out of local fauna (and maybe poison dart frogs) to tip your spears or arrows, utilizing camouflage, etc. It'd be like the ending parts of "Apocalypto" when he's picking off the bad guys one by one using what he has available in the jungle. In other words: awesome.

IceForce:
I guess this means there can't be any radio towers in it, right?

Really big totems?

This is something to keep an eye on, but I'm not sold yet. I hope they actually try to expand on the previous games (actually, their entire open world formula) instead of just remaking Far Cry 3 again.

And hopefully it wont be a buggy mess on PC.

I look forward to climbing Elder Trees in order to reveal the map, an annoying busywork crafting system, painfully simplified combat, a lackluster storyline and a bloated mess of social media features around the edges.

...

Okay, now I'm trying to hard to be cynical and pessimistic.

Seriously, I like the idea but I wish it was being made by someone other than Ubisoft. They're just going to make another iteration of The Ubisoft AAA Game with a caveman theme.

Sounds very nice and different and doable but I don't know how they're going to do the gameplay. Specifically, I'm wondering how they're going to keep the combat nice and varied when all one has in those times are sticks, stones, and fire.

songnar:
Weapon selection: Fist. Rock. Spear. Stone hatchet. Atlatl.

Atlatl is OP. You get it too early and it kills mammoths too easily. It takes all the challenge out of the game.

I cannot express the childlike joy I took in crafting that sentence.

So what's the progression going to be with weapons? Progressively sharper rocks and longer sticks? Is the endgame super weapon going to be a copper proto-sword?

Whatever it is, this is the first Far Cry game I've been interested in in a very long time. Good on them for trying new things.

Adam Jensen:

Charcharo:
I completed FC3 twice... yet still can not bring myself to complete Blood Dragon.

You must be possessed by the devil then. It's the only logical explanation because that game is not pure awesome. It's awesome on 10 different illegal drugs.

To be fair, I have heard the same words used for Call of Duty too...

Meh, all Far Cry games (maybe except 1) are just some pleb versions of STALKER :P

Elfgore:
Wow, just wow. They took a series that started as mercenaries fighting in third world countries, to white boys going native, and are now going to cavemen. This series makes no fucking sense at all.

But this sounds awesome and I'm actually curious as to how they're going to make this work. Just using bows, spears, and axes may get boring kinda quickly.

What, did you not play the first one? It involved an ex-navy seal fighting mutants in the south pacific(and in some version, getting turned into a super-powered mutant himself). The series has actually gotten closer to reality in some ways since then.

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