Far Cry 7 Coming Sooner Than Expected?
Ubisoft has already begun working on Far Cry 7, meaning it could come out sooner than expected.
It would seem that Ubisoft hasn’t canceled a whole slew of its titles for naught; recent reports suggest that the company is working on new Far Cry titles, including the gaming series mainline sequel, Far Cry 7. The upcoming game won’t be a lone title in the series; the reports also suggest Ubisoft working on a Far Cry live-service multiplayer game, as the company seeks to expand its live-service offering to create a more stable money-making machine around one of its more successful franchises.
According to Destructoid, Ubisoft is currently working on the two aforementioned Far Cry projects, one of which is presumed to be Far Cry 7. The report states that these titles were originally one project, but Ubisoft decided to follow along with industry trends and split the upcoming release in two, resulting in two separate games— Far Cry 7 and the franchise’s online component. Ubisoft is also making a whole slew of changes to the upcoming games that would separate them from the previously released titles, including the political Far Cry 6.
While nobody can actually corroborate the factuality of these reports, it’s known that Ubisoft’s CEO, Yves Guillemot, referenced these projects in the recent internal company update connected to the aforementioned cancelations. The Far Cry franchise previously included both the co-op and multiplayer components, but if the mentioned reports are true, the upcoming Far Cry 7 would be the first installment in the franchise to launch with a separate multiplayer mode that may or may not overlap with the mainline game’s narrative.
Another massive change to Far Cry 7 is the change in the game engine. Ubisoft’s current and former developers have stated, on separate occasions, that the next mainline release would distance itself from the previously used Dunia engine. Dunia was used in every Far Cry game since the critically acclaimed Far Cry 2—the original Far Cry game used CryEngine, which was used as a foundation for Dunia. The upcoming games, however, will use the Snowdrop engine used for The Division 2 and Ubisoft’s upcoming Star Wars game.
All of this isn’t so surprising after all, considering that Ubisoft has been trying to make a live-service Far Cry game for quite some time now—years, in fact, attempting to mimic the success Activision Blizzard has with Call of Duty Warzone. And while the latter is currently experiencing turmoil within its gaming community due to progress resets, Ubisoft’s attempts to make a live-service Far Cry were often turned into other projects, including standalone Far Cry releases. So, it’s entirely possible that the current split into Far Cry 7 and a live-service game is the result of Ubisoft’s compromise.
It’s not that the company is without a live-service game; Rainbow Six Siege has been a massive money-making machinery for the company, so imagine the massive amount of money a game with a Far Cry sticker could attract. It could be a winning ticket for the game since Far Cry 5’s creator mode never caught on, prompting Ubisoft to remove it from Far Cry 6 entirely. While it still isn’t been officially confirmed by Ubisoft, it would seem that Far Cry 7 is in active development at the company.