From central Africa to the Himalayan mountains, the first-person shooter series Far Cry has always been about vicious guerrilla warfare in undemocratic countries ruled by murderous autocrats, so it's only natural that Far Cry 5 brings the series to modern-day America.
It looks like a perfect fit, as you can see from the trailer that was released today.
Set in a remote community near the Montana mountains, Far Cry 5 pits the player against the Project at Eden's Gate doomsday cult, which springs a violent coup to take over the county seat. Ubisoft Montreal is filling the open-world environment with stuff to do, and I'd bet good money that we'll spend a lot of time climbing water towers or church steeples to build a map dense with activity icons. It also seems certain that multiplayer, which was just starting to get really good in Far Cry 4, will be back.
The further down the list you go, the more perfect rural America becomes as a setting for Far Cry. Wide open spaces? Yes. Small animals to hunt and turn into a wallet? Check. Big animals to hunt you and turn you into a lunch? Definitely. Heavily armed religious extremists setting up autonomous kingdoms within desolate compounds? Boy howdy, we've got a few of those.
In fact, the one thing Montana doesn't have that makes it different from other Far Cry games is a gross White Savior subtext. Remember in Far Cry 3 when the main character survives the trial that allows you to join the tribal army as an initiate, then gets insta-promoted to Brigadier General just because? Yeah, that sucked. Far Cry has always had a colonial flavor, with the hero dropping into an unfamiliar, faraway culture just in time to save it. By scrapping all that, Far Cry 5 is already positioning itself for a simpler, more compelling story with more personal stakes.