Ubisoft has announced that Far Cry 5 will come with a level editor, called Far Cry Arena. This editor promises to be bigger, more versatile, and more packed with content than it’s been at any point in the series’ past, and will let players create their own solo, co-op, and PvP levels.
Clark Davies, lead game designer on Far Cry Arcade, said:
“We’ve really pushed hard this time to make it a much more integral part of the Far Cry experience, and to really give it its own identity. We’re going to make sure it’s more visible than ever. Not just in our menus, but in the campaign itself. We’re going to put arcade booths all around our campaign world in places where it makes sense. And then on top of that, there will be posters all over the game world, which will be simple portals to quick-launch you into our best featured maps.”
In order to check out the latest user-created levels, players can walk up to an arcade machine in a bar and jump straight into Far Cry Arcade.
“The critical thing for us is to make sure that the time players spend in Far Cry Arcade is equally as valued to them as the time that would be spent in the campaign. So we have a shared progression system to do that. All the rewards that you would normally earn in the campaign – money, items, weapons, vehicles, and so on – all of these are equally available to you in Far Cry Arcade, and vice versa. It’s one profile; you take it back and forth between the game modes exactly as you’d like, whenever you like. Your time is equally valued wherever you spend it.”
Far Cry Arena will feature around 7000 objects and will include assets from Far Cry 4 (including yetis) and Far Cry Primal, as well as Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag, Assassin’s Creed Unity, and Watch Dogs. The team also plans to add more assets in the form of post-launch content.
Far Cry Arena will also feature two new game modes: Bounty Hunt and Journey. Ubisoft also claimed that Far Cry Arena will be at the heart of Far Cry 5’s PvP multiplayer.
“Far Cry Arcade is also at the heart of Far Cry 5’s PvP multiplayer, which we sampled in Beach Brawl, an 12-player team deathmatch map set on a surreal beach filled with shacks and ruins to hide in, and dominated by huge rusting cannons and gigantic Buddhist statues straight out of Kyrat. Like other maps, this one offered a creator-set selection of loadouts geared for stealth, sniping, or assault, and the ATVs and technical trucks at either end were a chance to pile in and rush the enemy team slightly more effectively than if we’d been on foot. Climbing up to sniper perches or hiding underwater to surprise enemies was immensely fun, and deadly wolves, bears, and wolverines kept us on our toes by occasionally charging onto the battlefield and attacking the nearest player.”
Far Cry 5 is currently scheduled for a March 27th release!