If you had any doubts that Ubisoft wasn’t truly refreshing the formula with Far Cry: Primal, then they should be assuaged by the impressive new Beast Master trailer. I mean, the climbing towers are gone! It shows the new protagonist, Takkar, learning to tame the Stone Age beasts populating the world, before unleashing them on his tribal enemies.
Takkar’s the last surviving member of a tribe of seasoned hunters you see, and he’s got to make use of all his hunting skills and abilities to reclaim the land, and put himself back at the top of the food chain. You can call upon a sabre-toothed tiger to fight at your side, tearing your enemies limb from limb, or use an eagle to scout out enemy locations at outposts. Yep, outposts. Some things never change. Despite some familiar elements it looks as if Ubisoft is attempting something refreshingly new for the series here. You’ll have to create makeshift weapons from limited supplies, crafting spears and bows. There’s also confirmation from Ubisoft that it sees Far Cry Primal as a proper sequel to Far Cry 4, rather than a spin-off like Blood Dragon.
Far Cry Primal is out on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on February 23rd, 2016, before arriving on March 16th for PC.