On January 7th, Ubisoft released a two-hour video for their upcoming product, Far Cry Primal, which features new footage along with an extensive interview. The video involves live gameplay with a development tester interacting with the title, along with two community developers and Far Cry Primal's Creative Director, Jean-Christophe Guyot in conversation. All of them watched as the game was played and intermittently answered questions from the gaming community.
This is the biggest insight we've had into the next Far Cry title and fans are delighted to have the opportunity to discuss their feelings towards Primal following the success of Far Cry 4 in 2014. While this new pre-historic time-period is miles away from the modern setting of Kyrat, Primal is clearly a part of the Far Cry franchise. However, some feel that its similarities are too apparent and may negatively impact on the game's reception.
Far Cry Primal - New Gameplay Video Shines Light On Similarities With Far Cry 3 & 4
Let's take a quick look a some of the opinions that fans have shared after viewing the new Far Cry Primal gameplay footage:
- Don't see much of a difference between this and far cry 4. same formula. take out group of guys and clear out the hut. your people move in, as you clear them out less and less of other tribe appears tell you clear out the next hut. taming is about the only new thing i see and takes no real interaction from the player.
- Ubisoft making the same game over and over.
- Essentially a minimalistic Far Cry 4. Great.
- ARK: Survival Evolved has dinosaurs. This doesn't. Who do you think wins?
- Far Cry 3 and 4 gave us so much and now this looks like a copy of them with less content. It had hope but this isn't anything new or interesting.
Aside from its setting, Far Cry Primal shares a number of similarities with Far Cry 4 and Far Cry 3. You'll have the same number of approaches available, stealth is the same, tagging enemies is the same, taking over an area is the same, and interactions with animals is often the same but with some new features.
One of the features that was criticized the most was the ability to tame animals in the game. While it's a nice feature and riding on the back of a sabertooth is pretty awesome, the act of taming them is pathetically easy. You simply hold down one button. If there was a chance of the animal escaping or attacking us, this'd be interesting. In its current form, Far Cry Primal offers no sense of achievement for taming an animal, and the way in which it's done is kinda stupid in its own right.
The gameplay looks like it could be fun, however we're not seeing anything that gives Far Cry Primal enough variety to maintain this level of enjoyment for very long. 2 hours on Far Cry Primal is enough to give you an insight into what you can expect, and a lot of us aren't happy with the results. Let us know where you stand on Far Cry Primal in the comments below!
Far Cry Primal will be released for the XBOX One and PS4 on February 23rd, and PC on March 1st, 2016.