Far Cry 7 could take Ubisoft’s popular series in a whole new direction by leaning towards a more online-oriented approach.
That’s according to a recent report from Axios Gamings Stephen Totilo, which says that following the recent release of Far Cry 6, Ubisoft seems to know that a revamp is needed.
As to what this rework will entail, Totilo claims that a source said Ubisoft is exploring a more online-oriented approach for a sequel.
It wouldn’t be the first time we’ve heard the rumbles of a Far Cry reinvention; Earlier this year, Bloombergs Jason Schreier suggested during an episode of the Triple Click podcast that the next game in the series could take a drastically different direction.
Exactly what this more online-oriented approach might entail, and whether it would be a spin-off or an outright redesign of the main series, remains unclear, however.
Earlier this year, Ubisoft said (via Axios) that it was looking to diversify its offering with more free and mobile versions alongside its big-budget AAA titles. In this line, we just saw the announcement of the free-to-play Ghost Recon Frontline and there’s also Assassins Creed Infinity, the mysterious planned evolution of the long-running Assassins Creed series.
With that in mind, it doesn’t seem entirely implausible that Ubisoft is looking to make changes to Far Cry. It should be noted, however, that these reports do not confirm Ubisoft that there are specific plans to bring the series online in the future. If there are any internal discussions, they could always change and we won’t know for sure what the future of the series is until we hear it from Ubisoft himself.
Analysis: Now is the time to shake up?
Far Cry 6 is the latest iteration in the Far Cry series and the general consensus in reviews seems to be that, yes, it’s more Far Cry for better and for worse. In our own four-star review, we really enjoyed the familiar fun the game had to offer, as well as its compelling story and characters. But we also felt that it was best played in short bursts as it can often lean a bit too heavily on the traps of the series, and it’s not entirely free from that proven level of repetition of Ubisoft.
If tried and tested gets tired and tested, it might not be so bad that Ubisoft is already thinking about how it will make things cooler next time around. The problem is that a more online oriented approach is rather vague.
Far Cry is a series that might be suitable for experimenting with online multiplayer elements. But would longtime fans eagerly awaiting their annual dose of solo mayhem be happy if this replaced the major releases? Our instinct is probably not.
Online multiplayer games and Battles Royales are extremely popular, so it’s easy to see why plugging these elements into an existing series could appear as a good way to refresh his formula. But this is not a foolproof solution. As an example, Ghost Recon Frontline, a recently announced free-to-play game, is currently receiving backlash as fans of the series express their displeasure by pressing the dislike button on the trailer on YouTube.
Then there is Assassins Creed Infinity. It’s still a bit of a mystery, but reports suggest it will be an online game that evolves over time as a live service, with Ubisoft saying that rather than continue to pass the baton from game to game. on the other hand, we deeply believe that this is an opportunity for one of Ubisoft’s most successful franchises to evolve in a more integrated and collaborative way. Could something like this work for Far Cry?
Maybe the Far Cry franchise needs a few changes, but what the law the 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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