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Far Cry 5's Arcade Mode and Map Editor Are DLC Game-Changers

With the upcoming Far Cry 5, Ubisoft isn't only bringing gamers another vast, hyper-detailed open world with more characters than ever before. Not only is the entire game co-op and for the first time in the franchise, set in America. And not only are season pass holders getting a full copy of Far Cry 3: Classic Edition, but the Far Cry 5's DLC is going more places Far Cry has never gone before...

If you dug Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon, than you're in for something special. Far Cry 5's post-launch story content pits players against a horde of zombies, sends them back in the past to Vietnam, and even to the planet Mars to save Earth! There really are no limits to how crazy Far Cry can get.

Related: An Interview With Far Cry 5’s Creative Director Dan Hay

  • Hours of Darkness: Players will travel back in time to Vietnam to battle against Việt Cộng soldiers and save their fellow soldiers
  • Dead Living Zombies: Players will team up with friends to fight waves of zombies across seven different scenarios cooked up by a b-movie director
  • Lost on Mars: Players will leave Earth behind to go toe-to-claws with martian arachnids to save Earth from an alien invasion

Even more interesting and exciting is that there's free content coming too and players can make their own. Ubisoft revealed that Far Cry 5 includes a map editor on both PC and console versions that lets any player create their own maps, story missions, PvP arenas, and co-op scenarios using assets from various Ubisoft properties.

All Far Cry 5 players will also have access to Far Cry Arcade, the evolution of the map editor that will deliver an endless amount of free gameplay and map creation opportunities for players. Far Cry Arcade will include assets from previous Far Cry games as well as other Ubisoft titles, including content from Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag, Assassin’s Creed Unity and Watch_Dogs, that can be used to make solo, co-op and PvP multiplayer experiences.

We had the opportunity to get hands-on with the arcade mode at an event in San Francisco where we tested as single-player mission of designed as a psychedelic maze, and another which was a combat encounter against AI units. Later we played some 5 vs. 5 multiplayer on a miniature island. The idea that anyone can make these and get this creative and offer this to free to the community allows for unlimited free content for Far Cry 5. Imagine after months of the community curating the best of this content what could be available? Throw in the promise of Ubisoft adding in more features, content, and tools for creators and Far Cry 5 could be a real game-changer to what this IP can offer going forward.

Far Cry 5 will also host Live Events that reward players with new customization items including unique vehicle and weapon skins for completing different challenges as they explore Hope County.

Since Arcade mode opens up PvP and makes Far Cry 5 even more of a live service - something Ubisoft and all publishers are doing with their triple-A releases - Ubisoft will also be hosting community events weekly to highlight the communities work and keep them involved.

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Where do you want to see Far Cry go next? Perhaps you can make your own Far Cry 6! Share your thoughts and ideas in the comments!

Next: Ubisoft Announces Inside Eden’s Gate, a Far Cry 5 Short Film

Key Release Dates
  • Far Cry 5 (2018 Video Game) release date: Mar 27, 2018
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