Far Cry 5 is being written by Drew Holmes, who’s best known for his work fleshing out the world of Columbia in BioShock: Infinite alongside series creator Ken Levine. Over the weekend, Holmes was quizzed about what fans can expect from their time in Hope County, and his responses were surprisingly frank.
According to Holmes, Far Cry 5 will take about as long as previous titles in the series to complete. Based on Far Cry 3 and Far Cry 4, it seems reasonable that the sequel will land somewhere between 20 and 30 hours — although in an open-world game like this, there’s sure to be plenty of side content on top of that.
Of course, it wouldn’t be at all surprising if there was a way to clear the campaign much quicker than that. Far Cry 4 players may remember that there was a way to beat the game in under an hour by waiting around for villain Pagan Min in its opening sequence. As a result, it’s possible to see the credits roll less than fifteen minutes after the game begins.
Holmes also teased that Far Cry 5 will boast a massive arsenal of weapons, and an in-depth upgrade system for players to progress through over the course of their crusade. This isn’t unexpected given previous titles in the series, but it’s good to know that the franchise isn’t straying too far from its roots.
At this point, players know what they’re getting from Far Cry games, but that doesn’t mean Far Cry 5 will be any less satisfying for those that are on board with the formula. The sequel may be dropping things like towers and a mini-map, but in other ways it’s sticking to the tried and true.
Far Cry 5 launches for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC on February 27, 2018.