Far Cry Primal will have more of a hook than just a Stone Age setting. The PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC open-world action game will turn players into Beast Masters with the ability to tame animals like bears, wolves, and even sabretooth tigers. Ubisoft also dropped details on the BeastMaster feature during The Game Awards 2015 on Thursday night along with the Deluxe Edition version of the game that comes with a Steel Book case, bonus physical and in-game content.
Older gamers may recall the 1982 sword and sorcery fantasy film, The Beastmaster, starring Marc Singer and Tanya Roberts. Ubisoft appears to have taken some of the same concepts from the movie and applied them to Far Cry Primal. The main character, Takkar, has the ability to tame large beasts and use them to help hunt, ride through the world of Oros, or decimate entire villages full of enemies.
A gameplay walkthrough video posted by Ubisoft on YouTube shows how a player is able to tame a Dire Wolf by giving it food. The tame mechanic does not appear especially deep at first glance, but players are rewarded quickly by being able to give commands to the different animals and they also serve as an early alert warning system.
The different animals have different abilities and behaviors. Wolves will explore the surrounding area for Takkar and warn him of danger by growling. Sabretooth tigers, meanwhile, are stealthy and one of the deadliest predators in the game. The cave bear is a tank and soaks up damage and attention from enemies. There is even a honey badger that just doesn’t care.
Far Cry Primal players will also have access to an owl, which gives him the ability to scout the surrounding area from the sky, mark enemies, drop bombs, and even dive bomb enemies. A walkthrough video shows how players can use the abilities of each animal, which includes the capability to call in multiple beast companions while fighting a village of foes.
Despite the Stone Age changes, veteran Far Cry players will recognize familiar elements from previous games. Aside from the open-world nature of Primal, towers are present in the form of bonfires. Players can capture bonfires to use them to fast travel between different parts of the in-game world.
Ubisoft will provide the opportunity to purchase a Far Cry Primal Deluxe Edition that includes a SteelBook case and other goodies. A press release received from the publisher revealed the following physical and digital content for the $70 version of the game in North America.
- Far Cry Primal game
- Exclusive SteelBook
- Map of Oros
- Official soundtrack
Digital content including a complete pack of Legend of the Mammoth missions, new weapon and four enhancement packs.
Legend of the Mammoth missions: Up to almost 45 minutes of additional gameplay where the player will have the unique opportunity to play as the largest animal in Oros, the almighty mammoth, and feel the power to stomp its enemies and defend its herd from other beasts and humans.
Duel of beasts: A powerful rhino spirit dares to challenge your might. Battle him and his herd across treacherous cliffs to assert your dominance.
The trapped elder: Bloodthirsty hunters have trapped your leader. Crash their camp and lead the elder to freedom.
Hunt the hunter: The time for revenge is now. Lead your herd to crush those who threaten your survival.
A new weapon, the Blood Shasti Club: A bloodstained club of bone and teeth once wielded by Ull, the vicious leader of the Udam. This weapon is unbreakable and cannot be consumed by flame.
Four enhancement packs: Early access to rare resources and unique customization options.
Far Cry Primal is due out on February 23, 2016 for the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. PC gamers will have to wait until March 1, 2016 to buy the title.
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