Far Cry 5’s Co-op Mode Retains The Sanctity Of A Single Player Story, Says Ubisoft
Far Cry 5 won't have a competitive multiplayer mode like several previous entries, but at least it will have a fully fleshed cooperative multiplayer mode, a first for the franchise.
In an interview published on Official PlayStation Magazine UK (issue #142, December 2017), Ubisoft's Game Director Dan Hay explained that the development team strived to retain the sanctity of a single player story, something that's far from a given in a co-op mode.
It's super tricky because, obviously, it's got to be fun, it's got to be dynamic, it's got to give you an opportunity to play with a friend, but at the same time we want to be able to tell a story.
What we do is we try to make it so that when you enter into the world as co-op players, and you have that social contract with your co-op buddy, you're still able to take in the stories and the micro-stories, you're still able to have a Guns for Hire, you're still able to have those characters there. What I would say is that we wanted to protect the sanctity of a single player story, but at the same time give you the opportunity for Guns for Hire, so it was tricky for us.
On Far Cry 4, we kind of sequestered the player to the open world. And [for Far Cry 5] we were like, "Okay, what can we do to be more generous?" What can we do to let players see and experience some of the same things and be able to go through this with a partner? And we said: "Well, let's make it that if we're having Guns for Hire, and we're having Fangs for Hire, let's make Friends for Hire all the way through the entire game", which is super tough to do, but we pulled it off.
Far Cry 5 is set in the fictional Hope County, Montana, where the dangerous preacher Joseph Seed has created a militaristic doomsday cult that the player, who'll have the chance to create the main character in another franchise first, needs to take down by any means necessary. The game is due to launch on February 27th, 2018 for PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One; check out our hands-on preview from EGX 2017.
Incidentally, the publisher released a co-op trailer at Paris Games Week 2017. You can find it below.