Ubisoft gave its fans at The Game Awards 2018 a treat when it announced Far Cry New Dawn just months after the release of the most recent entry in the series, Far Cry 5. The announcement was accompanied by a cinematic trailer revealing a post-apocalyptic Hope Country set 17 years after the conclusion of Far Cry 5. Now, fans are getting a more in-depth look into the forthcoming title’s world with a brand new 6-minute gameplay trailer featuring a familiar face.
The new gameplay footage shows Far Cry New Dawn in its alpha stage, which is to be expected considering it was only announced last week. The notably colorful palette revealed in the announcement trailer is explored here in further detail, marking a new artistic direction for games set in a post-apocalyptic world. Shrubs of pink flowers are a prominent feature of the hilly environment, which happen to be the result of a super-bloom that followed the nuclear event that brought Far Cry 5 to a close.
Despite the flowers and pretty colors, make no mistake–this is still a Far Cry game. The gameplay footage wastes no time getting into the combat sections of the game, showing off a frantic gunplay sequence followed by some vehicle action before Far Cry 5‘s Pastor Jerome is released from a carriage and introduced as a prisoner.
Unfortunately, while Pastor Jerome will be re-appearing in Far Cry New Dawn, Ubisoft confirmed that Boomer the dog didn’t survive the 17-year gap between Far Cry 5 and New Dawn. Granted, at the very youngest Boomer would be 17 years old during the events of Far Cry New Dawn, but that doesn’t make his death any easier for fans of the faithful four-legged companion.
In theme with the new post-apocalyptic setting, Far Cry New Dawn will add a number of new gameplay additions to keep the series fresh. In addition to a leveling system for enemies and outposts, New Dawn will also introduce closed-world adventures called Expeditions, which will give players the opportunity to earn rare loot, upgrade weapons, and make improvements to Prosperity.
Far Cry New Dawn releases on February 9, 2019 for PC, PS4, and Xbox One.