Far Cry Primal’s look back at the Ice Age starts off as an intimidating place to live, but once you’ve tooled up a bit, the land will bend at your will – especially when you have a pet Sabre-toothed tiger by your side – but if you crave that feeling of struggling against the odds, striving out as the early cave men may have done, then Far Cry Primal’s new survival mode will certainly tick those boxes.
The free patch is available now and strips the game of its minimap and forces you to pay more attention to your surroundings – scavenging properly for resources and hunting the old-fashioned way – not relying on your hunter abilities to highlight everything. To add to your torment, you must now manage a stamina bar and rest up in between physical exertion – thankfully you still have your beastmaster skills, although the pets have reduced health and can not be revived!
For the ultimate survival experience switch on permadeath – how far can you get?
Here’s a handy infographic of the new mode and what you can expect from its mutators…
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.
Far Cry Primal is out in a mere few days, but if you can’t wait for Ubisoft’s latest take on the Far Cry formula, this time set in the Stone Age, then the short documentary video below that explores the recreation of the Stone Age is just what you need:
The documentary talks about what it takes to create a game set 10 000 years ago. The creation of a brand new language, Wenja, based on the Proto-Indo-European language, and the combined efforts of animators, programmers, historians and movement coaches to achieve the level of realism and authenticity the team wanted for the game.
Far Cry Primal is out on February 23rd on Xbox One.
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With the launch of Far Cry Primal later this month, Ubisoft has released their brand new live action trailer “The Charge”. This trailer gives players a glimpse of the challenge that will await them when they travel back to the Stone Age in Far Cry Primal.
Far Cry Primal will be coming to Xbox One on February 23rd but is available now to pre-order via the xbox store.
GAME is going back to the Stone Age this month as 49 stores kick-off 2016 in pre-historic style with a tour of Far Cry Primal sampling events. The special openings will give gamers a chance to get their hands on the much anticipated title a month before its release.
Should you be a fan of the series, heading over to www.game.co.uk/events and finding your nearest GAME store running the sample event will allow you to get hands on with the latest release ahead of the general launch date.
You can also pre-order the game in-store ahead of launch on 23rd February, including the GAME exclusive Legend of the Mammoth Special Edition. This edition includes 3 extra missions, the ability to drink from the shaman’s cup to play as the mighty mammoth, stomping enemies and defending herds against prehistoric peril.
Events will be taking place in store weekdays from 12-5pm and weekends 11–4pm.
Check out www.game.co.uk/events for further details on the GAME Far Cry Primal Tour taking place at a store near you.
Gamers must be 18 and ID will be required to take part and play.
A new trailer for Far Cry Primal has been released by Ubisoft. You can see a description of the trailer, tilted “King of the Stone Age” can be found below with the trailer.
In Far Cry Primal, the majestic land of Oros has been torn apart due to the confrontation of the three dominant tribes who seek the same single purpose: to conquer it. Takkar’s people, The Wenja tribe, is at risk. They are being attacked by both the cannibals of the Udam tribe, led by the cruel warrior Ull, and the fire worshipers of the Izila tribe, led by the high priestess Batari. Immersed in the untamed world of Oros, a land full of dangers, Takkar will have to unite and protect the Wenja people from their dangerous enemies, the Udam and the Izila.
Far Cry Primal is due out on February 23 on the Xbox One and March 1 for Windows PC
As part of the promotion for Far Cry: Primal – Ubisoft are giving a lucky(?) winner and their friend/enemy the chance to spend a night in a cave, yes you read that correctly.
CaveBnB will give players the opportunity to experience the wild and untamed world of Far Cry Primal, while travelling back in time to the Stone Age to discover the extreme conditions in which our ancestors lived. The winner, accompanied by a person of their choice, will travel to an undisclosed location in France and participate in expert survival training, pushing them to their limits. By day, they will develop new skills, and by night, they will have to use them to survive.
To be in with a chance of winning, all you need to do is send a tweet to prove you have what it takes to win the two day survival experience. The Twitter competition will start at 10:00 UK time on Januarye 18th and end at 23:59 UK time on January 21st. To take part in the CaveBnB contest, users will have to add the hashtag #cavebnb and mention @farcrygame in their tweet.
To see more of the cave, check out the video below.
Wenja is the language of Far Cry Primal, which been adapted from the Proto-Indo European language. If you fancy learning a few phrases, then look no further than the Collector’s Edition, which also includes an awesome Collector’s box and Steelbook case.
The edition also comes with a map or Oros, the official soundtrack and a whole host of digital content – including bonus missions, enhancement packs and weapons.