Prepare for a blast from the past as Far Cry 5 tackles the Vietnam War in the trailer for its Hours of Darkness DLC.
Far Cry 5 may have been the first game in Ubisoft's series to head stateside, but there will be another change of locale as players head to the sweltering heat of the rice fields and jungles of Vietnam circa the Second Indochina War.
Bringing back the main game's Wendell "Red" Redler, Hours of Darkness explores the character's bloody backstory as he recalls his glory days as a Vietnam vet. The first trailer is short but hypes up the first of three intended DLCs for Far Cry 5 since its release in March. Admittedly, there isn't a lot of story in the 38-second trailer, but it at least gives a taste of what Ubisoft has planned for Hours of Darkness. Continuing the violent exploits of Far Cry 5 as gamers took down the Eden's Gate cult, there will be an equal amount of bloodshed and flying bullets in Hours of Darkness.
The synopsis warns that players will be tossed into a war-torn Vietnam and tasked with escaping from behind enemy lines while getting a team of survivors to an extraction zone. Redler was an instrumental part of Far Cry 5 thanks to a long-established pact with his Vietnam buddies to always be prepared for an event like Eden's Gate. Players can now see how that bond was formed between Redler and his comrades. Taking on the Viet Cong and North Vietnamese Army solo or online via co-operative mode, there is plenty of new weaponry and a brand new storyline to lure in Far Cry fans old and new.
Just as the Far Cry series has continued to surprise with reinvention while still retaining its core gameplay, Hours of Darkness is a stark departure from its main title. Ubisoft is hyping the DLC and from May 24, some Vietnam-themed assets will be available in the Far Cry Arcade for all to use. Developers also promise that similar assets will be available in the run up to the next two DLCs as well when they drop in July and August.
Hours of Darkness can be bought separately for $11.99 or as part of the Far Cry 5 Season Pass ($29.99) and Gold Edition ($89.99). Those willing to part with the extra cash can also look forward to sci-fi horror Lost on Mars and the brain-munching Dead Living Zombies. Together, the DLCs prove that one of this year's best games is still aiming its crosshairs at some of 2018's other big titles. Find out more when Far Cry: Hours of Darkness releases on June 5 for PC, Xbox One and PlayStation 4.