Far Cry 5 isn't a Western, set in modern day Montana

Ubisoft today confirmed Far Cry 5's modern day setting, corroborating some of the rumors circling the sequel.

Published Mon, May 22 2017 1:25 PM CDT   |   Updated Tue, Nov 3 2020 11:55 AM CST

Ubisoft today released a teaser trailer for Far Cry 5, confirming a modern-day setting for the sequel.

Despite speculation, Far Cry 5 won't take place in the old west, but it will take place in Montana. Ubisoft today made good on its promise of Far Cry 5 news "coming very soon" by launching a live-action teaser clip for the game. The clip is made from the footage recorded from production company Nightcall's captures of Montana's great prairie.

The clip gives us many clues about the game itself, and directly corroborates the rumors of tje religious cult gone wrong theme. The opening sequence shows a man running in fear, and then armed security sounding a bell with a dead man's head. This highly suggests that the religious followers in the game's fictitious setting of Hope County, Montana are kept prisoner by armed force, and anyone who tries to escape is summarily executed--and humiliated.

Also remember the teaser image Ubisoft posted up, the one with the Far Cry 5 logo above a blue sky? That's symbolic as well.

Ubisoft will announce Far Cry 5 with a pre-E3 2017 trailer on May 26, 2017.

Check below for rumors on Far Cry 5's storyline and features from a purported focus group tester for the game:

Far Cry 5 isn't a Western, set in modern day Montana | TweakTown.com

The idea of doing it in Montana was the predominant idea - like many of you, we were kind of led to believe at first that it would be a Wild West motif, just to see what we thought of that idea - but that changed when they started to show us character profiles and other collateral. The general thrust of this game is that it will take place in present day, and feature the protagonist taking on a Jim Jones or David Koresh-like religious cult in a small town in Montana that's been populated by, essentially, Doomsday-preppers bent on furthering their cause. So, modern-day weaponry and modern-day vehicles, plus a hilly, mountainous backdrop. Honestly, it sounded at the time like they were using that to their advantage, given that when you think of Far Cry you kind of think of mountains and hills and the kind of backdrop Montana has in spades.

They showed us some basic promotional videos featuring a heavily - HEAVILY - religious angle to the evil. A person (presumably the protagonist) walking through a town that was completely empty, only to walk into a church to discover the congregation is made up of everyone in town staring in rapt attention at a shirtless lunatic leader brandishing an assault rifle in one hand and a Bible in the other. Even at the time, I wondered how they were going to handle the presentation of religious zealotry to the type of Middle America that purchases games for their kids. If they proceed on the path that I saw... they're not even trying to pretend. They're steering the vehicle into the curve.

We saw candids and profiles of many of the characters in the game - left out of those were any kind of details about the primary protagonist, and there wasn't much on the antagonist-preacher either. Instead, we got views of what I'd presume are some of the support characters. A female mechanic (who I strongly suspect is a love interest, or someone giving you missions) who helps you. An old burnt-out hippie character. Various and sundry small-town folks. And the second-in-command bad guy, who was basically being portrayed as Tom Cruise - an A-list celebrity who became a ranking member of the high council. There were also some oblique references to this religion sharing some commonalities with Scientology, and I wonder if those will make the cut. The only thing about the Tom Cruise cypher that didn't seem to make a hell of a lot of sense is that he was supposed to have garnered his fame, at least in partial, from working in pornography. If anything's gonna change, I'd hope it's this element, because I'm not sure small-town America's all that ready for porno-Tom-Cruise-turned-religious-nutjob-murderer.

We didn't learn much about weapons or vehicles, aside from the fact that they specifically mentioned the types of things we saw in FC3/4 - ATVs, Jeeps, etc.

The overall feeling I got from the animatic videos we saw is that they're really playing up a sense of dread. This is a small town and is filled with small-town sensibilities, the kind of place where God's word is law, and the sense you get is that the antagonist-preacher found a perfect place for his quasi-religion to take root.

No word on multiplayer during this session. They were only interested in showing us stuff from the campaign, and even then just a few key elements.

Most of what I saw wasn't imminently memorable, with the exception of the couple characters and the cool idea of pitting the protagonist against a Branch Davidian-like cult. Mostly what the focus group was gauging was reactions to videos and still images - asking us questions about "how this character would sound," or "does this person seem like someone you'd like to get to know" and whatnot. When it came time for open feedback, you may be happy to know that I railed them a bit for reusing the map from FC4 for Primal, which felt like lazy bullshit to me.

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Derek joined the TweakTown team in 2015 and has since reviewed and played 1000s of hours of new games. Derek is absorbed with the intersection of technology and gaming, and is always looking forward to new advancements. With over six years in games journalism under his belt, Derek aims to further engage the gaming sector while taking a peek under the tech that powers it. He hopes to one day explore the stars in No Man's Sky with the magic of VR.

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