Far Cry 5 and The Crew 2 announced, coming in the next year (update)


Far Cry 5 is in development and is scheduled to be released before April 2018, publisher Ubisoft announced today.

It is one of four games from major Ubisoft franchises that are slated to launch in the company’s 2017-18 fiscal year, which ends March 31, 2018. The other three titles are an Assassin’s Creed game, South Park: The Fractured But Whole and The Crew 2, the company said today in the earnings release for its 2016-17 fiscal year.

The Far Cry announcement came on the series’ official Twitter account, with a tweet pointing fans to subscribe to Ubisoft’s U.S. YouTube channel for “more updates” on “new Far Cry adventures.” In addition, a Far Cry 5 section has appeared in the official Ubisoft forums. The tweet also included an image with a very basic Far Cry 5 logo:

Are you ready for a hefty dose of new Far Cry adventures?
Subscribe on YouTube to be the first to get more updates: https://t.co/Q3wlJxjoMZ pic.twitter.com/7PwFsCFY9b

— Far Cry (@FarCrygame) May 16, 2017

Far Cry 5 will be the first Far Cry game since the Stone Age-based Far Cry Primal, which was released in February 2016. The most recent “proper” entry in the franchise was 2014’s Far Cry 4. Reports have suggested that the game will be set in the American West, and specifically, in Montana. Earlier this month, the Great Falls (Montana) Tribune reported that a company with offices in Paris sent a crew to a church near Poplar, Montana, to film footage that will be used to promote an unnamed video game. The game is scheduled to be released in September, the report said.

Ubisoft’s earnings release only mentioned a follow-up to The Crew, the open-world racing game that was released in December 2014. But a community manager for the game confirmed its title as The Crew 2, posting a logo in the Ubisoft forums along with the following message: “Beyond the road… Stay with us for more high octane thrills!”

Ubisoft announced in February that it had pushed South Park: The Fractured But Whole into its 2017-18 fiscal year. That was the second delay for the role-playing game, which was originally scheduled to launch last December.

As for Assassin’s Creed, we don’t know yet anything official about this year’s game, which will be the first entry in the franchise since 2015’s Assassin’s Creed Syndicate. However, multiple media reports have pegged the game as a prequel set in ancient Egypt called Assassin’s Creed Origins. Ubisoft decided to give the franchise a break for 2016, saying, “We’re taking this year to evolve the game mechanics and to make sure we’re delivering on the promise of Assassin’s Creed offering unique and memorable gameplay experiences that make history everyone’s playground.”

Update: Ubisoft also announced today that it has pushed back the launch of a new AAA intellectual property to its 2018-19 fiscal year, which runs from April 1, 2018, through March 31, 2019. The title was originally scheduled to debut during the 2017-18 fiscal year. During Ubisoft’s 2018-19 fiscal year, the company will also release new entries in “three established franchises,” it said in today’s earnings release.

Ubisoft has not yet announced the game, but Alain Martinez, the company’s chief financial officer, said during an investor call today that it will be “a multiplayer game with strong live operations.” It’s possible that the title in question is the space-based science fiction game that Ubisoft teased with a video in Watch Dogs 2.

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