Is Ubisoft taking Red Dead Redemption 2 and Rockstar Games head on with Far Cry 5? That’s what investors and analysts are thinking after a rash of rumors and speculation put Far Cry 5 in a Western setting. It’s almost unthinkable to consider that Far Cry would attempt to infringe on Red Dead’s turf here in the same calendar year, but it’s still a possibility that two games based in the Old West arrive later this year.
In the Q&A portion of the call, Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot was asked about the setting for Far Cry 5 and didn’t confirm or deny the rumor. Instead, the executive just plainly said that there would be plenty of details about Far Cry 5 in the near future and that once information about the game is released it should calm some concerns.
Analysts and investors definitely have cause for concern here, especially if the rumors end up being true. Red Dead Redemption would likely draw a lot more attention than Far Cry 5, if GTA V sales numbers are anything to go by.
Outside of last year’s outlier in Far Cry Primal, the numbered Far Cry games have been pretty good since Far Cry 3. At least critically, they’ve been recieved well. The rumors of Far Cry heading West started when a local paper in Montana interviewed a Ubisoft employee about a game they were doing research for. Internet sleuths put the intel together to form the hypothesis that Far Cry 5 would be a Western.
It most certainly seems that it’ll be set in the United States this time around. The logo that was revealed for the game features a red, white, and blue modern font which suggests that it might not be set in the past, however. This may be the calming news that investors will hear.
Regardless, we still haven’t heard official word from Rockstar whether or not Red Dead Redemption 2 would be arriving this year or not. It’s expected to, but with Rockstar’s track record anything can happen. We’ve seen next to nothing about the game and we’re already almost halfway through the year. People are getting so hungry for Red Dead Redemption 2 news that a recent image sparked a stir in the community, but it turned out to be another game entirely.
With E3 2017 just around the corner, we’ll almost certainly be getting details about Far Cry 5. Red Dead Redemption 2, on the other hand, is more of an uncertainly. It’s unclear whether Rockstar will pop their heads in for a conference reveal of the game, or if they’ll skip E3 like usual.