New mode coming to Far Cry Primal

If you mention Far Cry Primal to some people you might get the response, been there, done that and got the t-shirt but life in the stone-age is about to get a whole lot harder. Ubisoft have announced that a free patch is coming to Far Cry Primal on April 12th titled Survivor Mode. Survival Mode will bring key changes to the exploration, crafting, and difficulty of the game to make it even more realistic. It doesn’t stop there though and alongside the key changes there will also be other options the player can activate to further intensify the game.

Here is a quick overview of some of the features coming to with the update:

  • Permadeath – if you want real realism then this is the mode for you. Full permadeath means its game over if you die, no second chances (except in vision missions, which aren’t “real”). If that seems just too real then you can select the second-chance option that will give you one backup life. This life can however be replenished at certain checkpoints within the game.
  • A stamina gauge has been added making Takkar slower and weaker when it runs out, and forcing him to sleep in order to replenish it.
  • The minimap is now turned off by default, and the fog of war has been strengthened, lessening the amount of the map you reveal as you explore.
  • The amount of humans and animals you encounter while you explore has been reduced meaning hunting now takes time and patience.
  • Fast Travel now consumes food and stamina so use it wisely.
  • The animals you can tame are now less powerful and the most powerful beasts like sabretooths and bears, will not let themselves be tamed so easily. You’re going to have to fight them up to the moment that they are at half-life, then bait them and tame them.
  • If animals that you have tamed die, they are now gone for good. You still have a chance to save them but this will make you think twice on your strategy especially with the legendary beasts like the Bloodfang Sabretooth, once they are dead they are gone for good.

Takkar has also been tweaked in a few ways:

  • He can no longer rain remote-control death on foes using his owl, for example.
  • Crafting ammo now takes a few seconds rather than instantaneous.
  • He’s more susceptible to cold, which increases his dependency on fire, and makes crafting cold-weather gear a top priority if you’re planning to venture into the chillier parts of Oro.
  • His Hunter Vision has been increased – which should come in handy for surviving the longer, darker, deadlier nights that now befall the land of Oros.


But it’s not all about take take take, Ubisoft have introduced four new Ubisoft Challenges. New Xbox Live achievements aren’t possible in this update but there’s a special reward for anyone who completes the game whilst accepting the challenge of playing in Survivor Mode with expert difficulty and activating permadeath.

The Far Cry Primal Survivor Mode update will be available for free to all owners of the game on April 12th.

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