Two Far Cry games are reportedly in development
by Danny Craig ·
Just weeks after Ubisoft’s cancellation of three unannounced projects, industry insider Tom Henderson’s sources have claimed that two separate Far Cry titles are being worked on.
- As reported by Henderson via Insider Gaming, trusted sources have revealed that Ubisoft is now working on both a mainline Far Cry game, codenamed "Project Blackbird," and a new multiplayer-only entry, codenamed "Project Maverick." Although details are scarce, it is believed that the two games were once a single project but split early in development, with Ubisoft Montreal heavily involved in both.
- Henderson's two anonymous sources claim that while details are "still slim," Project Maverick has changed several times over the last year. Insider Gaming believes the game is pitched to be "set in the Alaskan wilderness and is currently an extraction-based shooter with mechanics such as permadeath, a backpack system, contracts, and more."
- A Ubisoft survey sent to players back in 2015 asked them to select three potential locations for an upcoming Far Cry game, which featured "a Far Cry game in remote Alaska about surviving the extreme wilderness," similar to the new rumored multiplayer offering. Far Cry 7 could also potentially be set in a very similar location, considering they were once the same project.
- Insider Gaming understands that the game is at least a couple of years away, with a potential release towards the end of 2025; however, given Ubisoft’s current circumstances, it could potentially take even longer.
Recent Ubisoft news:
- Ubisoft has confirmed that three unannounced projects have been cancelled due to underperforming releases in Q4 2022. The decision was made to cut costs due to the current economic climate, with Ubisoft also choosing to depreciate €500 million of capitalized R&D and undergo "targeted restructuring."
- Shortly after the above financial report was released, CEO Yves Guillemot sent an email to employees stating that "the ball was in the court" of the staff to help the company recover from the poor quarter. This prompted the Ubisoft Paris chapter of the French workers' union Solidaires Informatique to call for a four-hour strike on January 27. SI demanded that employees at the studio receive a 10% pay rise, improved working conditions, and transparency in regard to the company’s workforce.
Ubisoft appears to have some job openings working on these upcoming Far Cry projects. You can check out the listings here if you’d like to get involved.