GameSpot's The Lobby: What is Far Cry Primal?Ubisoft has announced a brand-new Far Cry game, but it looks a lot different than what we're used to. Danny, Scott and Justin dive into what exactly we know about Far Cry Primal.
[MUSIC] Yesterday we got a brand new announcement courtesy of IGN Turkey who apparently had an exclusive, who didn't tell anyone including Ubisoft. But today we found out for reals that there's a new Ubisoft game coming, next year in fact. February 16th? Far Cry. Early February. Early February? Late February. Early in the year. Late February. Okay. Far Cry, Primal is what [UNKNOWN] said. We have a trailer out for the moment. Which, apparently, you've got a bunch of game play, showing off the game in action. Justin, first of all what do we know exactly about Far Cry Primal. What we know is it's a Far Cry game obviously. When you see the trailer you see the game play. Like this is obviously very clearly a Far Cry game. You're going to be exploring. You have the kind of cool melee weapons, bow and arrow, spear. Like the game play definitely feels reminiscent of the Far Cry series, and in this game you don't have guns. you don't have a lot of the other mainstays of the series. Instead you're going to be set during the ice age. You're going to be looking for, and fighting against other caveman basically, and it's not clear how that gameplay is going to work out. Wether it's going to be a multi player game, or wether it's going to be something like Rust or Like completely survival, not survival horror but a survival game within that atmosphere but you gonna be fighting against these guys both for territory and to, you see people taking down wooly mammoths, fighting against sabre tooth tigers, like the animals that were alive during that period, and trying to survive and creat your own weapons. Be in that environment. It's interesting because that whole, rust, you know the survival, like even the mine craft survival maps and especially in the PC space theres a bunch of games, first person games primarily, which are about getting equipment. Building up defenses, fighting antagonists, like the forest is a game I played a lot of last year, which is very much like that. But most of these games tend to be multi player focused because the very reason of like creating AI that will enable to work in teams is quite difficult. But when you look at the trailer, a lot of this looks like it's The single player linear stuff right? Yeah. What other part right? What I read in the feature that we actually posted on the site earlier today is that it is according to the developers it is a single player focused experience. I don't think that rules out multiplayer necessarily. It's possible that there will be a multiplayer component. In addition to any single player, but what I've read so far it is single player focused and in theory your are here to change the wilderness. Right. A direct quote from one of the developers. So I have a feeling we're going to be, instead of writing jet skis and gyrocopters we might be writing mammoths or saber tooth tigers. Or other era appropriate animals. I'm shooting humans and shooting animals and doing all that good work. So lets talk about that, then. That's the sort of interesting thing. Scott, we were talking before we went live about how Farcry is sort of a mainstay of a first person shooter. Yeah. It's kind of the game that popularized, at least in the mainstream, the idea of the open world shooter, which has become sort of ubiquitous over the past couple of years. But it's very much a game about outposts, and shooting people with guns, and big explosions. So there's a lot of interest in this is very much incredibly different to Farcry, thematically, at least. Yeah, it'll be interesting to see how they compensate for the lack of technology. Especially given that Farcry three and four Were so vehicle driven. Again, I had just mentioned the gyrocopter. And you had all these sea vehicles, commonly known as boats. Yes. [LAUGH] But [UNKNOWN] like jetskis and other things. That's sort of what I meant. And trucks and jeeps and Oh yeah, of course. It's a lot of the game. Yeah that's all been around even since Far Cry 2. So given that- Twice since Far Cry 1. Yeah. It'll be interesting to see how that impacts the game play. In theory you can throw a spear, there are bows and arrows apparently in the trailer, so they can sort of compensate for the lack of automate weapons in certain ways. Yeah. It's just thematically it's going to be so drastically different. It'll be interesting to see which gameplay pillars actually carry over and how much it feels like a Far Cry game. I mean I think, yeah, outposts are a really interesting example. I mean That has become a mainstay of the Far Cry experience is clearing out enemies from a particular territory and claiming it for yourself. And it's an idea that was even carried over into Assassin's Creed. Of greater and greater importance. In fact, a lot of carry over we're seeing in all of these series including Watch Dogs and everything. Yeah. So, are we going to have outposts in Far Cry where you're like, Going up to the top of a wooly mammoth and hitting [INAUDIBLE] and looking around. I think there has to be some aspect of that, some part of that game play. The interesting thing this is, if it's not going to be a multi-player focused game, this is obviously a game where you have a group, like you see the whole cut scene behind you where you're not just a lone wolf taking on this wooly mammoth by yourself. You have a group of guys behind you. Are you always going to have this PT group kind of following behind you and helping you out? Taking over these things. It's interesting cuz we're looking at the FarCry 4 intro here. And we see a lot of this before a game like FarCry comes out. Like FarCry 3, the story [UNKNOWN] It was all about you and your buddies and what not. And in both cases, all of this stuff got out. It was done and dusted within the first Five ten minutes of the game. So I wonder if a lot of what we're seeing of Primal as well is just the set up, and then eventually you're sort of left to your own devices and it's not as linear as you think. That seems to be the case again from the article I was reading earlier. [UNKNOWN] today. Your character is the last surviving member of the hunting party. Oh right. Is what I've read. Yeah. So in theory yeah, all of the people you see in the trailer, who you're hunting with are going to be dead, like immediately. Well that's going to be a lot easier to make. That's true. [CROSSTALK] We thought it difficult to watch for Valve to get Alex Bense to play along for an entire game so. [LAUGH] I imagine three other people will probably be a bit too much. Yeah I have a feeling there will be some casualties pretty early on in that game. Yeah sounds like it, lots of emotions I imagine. So many emotions. All the emotions. And so I guess the prehistoric games are the new thing in 2016 right? Are there other? Wait what, you prehistoric games am I forgetting? Ark? Well, okay. Prehistoric-looking game.>>Well, the one that I had mentioned prior to us rolling, which I don't know if you're hinting at, Horizon Zero Dawn, which was a hit at E3 and has kind of been pretty dormant since then as far as I know, I haven't seen much coverage of it. But it has a similar, you are a hunter fighting against the wilderness, you have a bow and arrow and you're sneaking through the brush against outnumbered or Not out-gunned but out-teethed? I don't know. [LAUGH] When you're fighting dinosaurs with- [UNKNOWN] technologies. Yeah, and obviously that's a postapocalyptic setting. So you have leftover technology from the modern era. And Primal will not have that since it takes place the BC era. But still, you can see cinematic similarities, again it has an end of the world kind of vibe. Hero or Horizon. So it will be interesting to see how similar those two games will end up being, but I immediately thought of Horizon when I saw the trailer for Primal. Yeah, very much I guess in terms of its aesthetics anyway, very similar, and also in terms of The Hunting. So it's going to be interesting whether this Lands closer to Horizon: Zero Dawn or weathered lands on the other side, Justin, the rust side of things where it's very much a game that is a sand box. It's not actually this linear sort of story led thing, because Far Cry kind of skirts that line, right? There is a story happening, but really it's sort of like an open world sand box you [UNKNOWN] about in. And they've said, or they've made it clear that it's not just gonna be like the other games. Finding all these weapons, you are going to be crafting and creating and trying to discover basically new technology. I mean, everything is going to be new technology, but [LAUGH] I don't know if there's gonna be a huge difference between like using a whale Are using a bear jaw versus using a wolf jaw. What if you find a whale? Think of all the weapons you can make out of a whale. They didn't have whales back then. You're going to be literally inventing everything. You're going to be the person who made fire. The wheel. Television, the internet. All this knowledge you already have going into the game. I know. I want to play the game where you're playing as somebody in prehistoric era With the mind of somebody from 2015. What if they're just M. Night Shamylaning us? What if this is like The Village, it took place in 2015 all along? The game ends with the characters from Far Cry 3 crashing in, saying, wait a minute! And it just turns out it wasn't prehistoric times at all. Yeah, you blink and you see an [UNKNOWN] logo in your eyes, you're like, no! [CROSSTALK] So the thing that Horizon has is that it does have these huge creatures and beasts that you're fighting against. Is that kind of stuff gonna exist in Far Cry at all? I mean, Far Cry, they've established that this is somewhat realistic. But Far Cry also takes a lot of liberties. Yeah. With reality. Quality, and that's something I wanna see To it's benefit mostly as well. It makes it fun, it makes it exciting. And I wanna see dinosaurs. You can't have, like I know dinosaurs did not exist at the same time as man, but I still wanna take dinosaurs. Hey Matt, if Tomb Raider one can get away with it, I'm sure Far Cry can get away with it this time. Last question, obviously when we see a unnumbered title to a Far Cry game Immediately comparisons to stuff like Blood Dragon comes along. Do either of you know if this is gonna be full price, do we expect it to be mid range? It's not [INAUDIBLE] we know that. I don't think they've been very clear on the price. I mean it's coming out very soon. It's gonna be. Very soon. It's. Going to be based on [UNKNOWN], obviously. So I think that will limit what they have to put into the game. That doesn't mean that it isn't going to be a full experience, like a full Triple A game. Nor does that mean that they're going to offer it at a lower price because they were able to put it out Figure it out more quickly? Maybe, maybe not. I wouldn't be shocked if the Blood Dragon kind of situation if it was like a $40 very substantial stand alone, but not a full title. Given that it isn't numbered. It is coming out very soon, and in fact yeah it leaked sort of a day early it seems, but the fact that I hadn't heard anything about this until yesterday. So that's pretty impressive. We made it through Con season and E3 and Pax and blah blah blah. Never heard a word about it. Right. I mean, leaked internally, but it's still coming out in about four months. Yeah. Yeah. Exactly. So. So, like I honestly, I don't know what to expect we haven't really received indication from UBISoft one way or the other. I mean, again the fact that it's not numbered leads me to believe that it could be a Blood Dragon situation. But, who knows? It could be a full $60-wide deep variance. Time will tell. We'll have to find out. Thank you very much Justin Scott for coming on and talking all about Far Cry. Thank you for watching. Let us know what you think. Of Far Cry Primal. Are you looking forward to it? And I guess the main question is would you like it to be a $60 game or would you like something a little bit smaller, like Blood Dragon. Not many games coming out in February, so maybe the former for me. Let us know in the comments below.