- Far Cry 6 is Ubisoft's biggest release of the year, a FPS with hours upon hours of content
- Over the course of a year, there will be plenty of free content updates
- The Season Pass lets you play as famous antagonists of the previous games
Far Cry 6 is Ubisoft’s biggest release of the year. The much-anticipated sequel will launch on consoles and PC on the 7th of October, but it doesn’t end there. Ubisoft has given a detailed overview of all the free and paid content that is in-store for the game and we’ll be taking a closer look at each one.
Free post-launch content
As if the 100h+ main adventure isn’t enough content yet, we’ll be getting showered with free content within the first year after launch. This is a game Ubisoft does not want you to put down for some time to come.
From the very first day, there will be Weekly Insurgencies where you get to earn fresh gear and find some much-needed loot. These are extra difficult combat encounters that will appear on your map and clearing them will have you reap plenty of rewards.
There will also be six Special Operations from October onward that will task you with special missions, like bringing an explosive chemical weapon to a designated location while making sure its temperature stays cool enough by cooling it with water or other means. It’s a new gameplay element that is bound to bring a lot of excitement.
We’re still in the free content update category, but this time the playable missions are even meatier and feature well-known characters or IPs. We’ve seen plenty of Rainbow Six crossovers with pop-culture multimedia IPs and it seems like Far Cry 6 also makes for a perfect fit for some of them.
In December, you’ll get to join Danny Trejo on some wild adventures. He’s a famous movie actor known for films like Con Air, Desperado, and Machete. It’s no surprise then, that he’ll be bringing his trusty melee weapon into Far Cry 6 and you’ll accompany him on a mission to bring tasty tacos to the citizens of Yara in Danny & Dani Vs. Everybody
The next cross-over event is for next year, February 2022 to be precise, and is called Rambo – All the Blood. Sadly there doesn’t seem to be a guest appearance by Sylvester Stallone himself, as we’re playing with a Rambo superfan that only dresses like him and will probably quote some lines from the movies. They do promise us some blood-soaked and over-the-top action straight out of an ’80s blockbuster though. I’m already curious about the many references to the Rambo movies we’ll be able to find in the game.
Netflix also wants a piece of the action cake and lens Ubisoft their famous Stranger Things IP. They’re no stranger to partnering up, as among things (-see what I did there?-) they’ve already worked together on bringing La Casa De Papel (Money Heist in some countries) to Rainbox Six Siege.
This cross-over event, called The Vanishing, will launch in March 2022 and brings the horror-filled world of Stranger things to our PC and consoles. The plot spoils that we’ll be searching for our Amigo (Far Cry 6’s name for pets) Chorizo and I’m already getting shivers thinking about it. I wonder if we’ll visit The Upside Down or if we’ll have to face a Demogorgon. (Fingers crossed!)
Season Pass content
We’re venturing into paid territory now, meaning you’ll have to pay for the season pass or the separate DLC episodes to get access to the content below. Speaking from past experience with Ubisoft games like Watch Dogs Legion and the Assassin’s Creed titles, we’re getting many many hours of gameplay and the Season Pass is usually more than worth it. Let’s dig in!
From Day 1, you’ll get access to the Blood Dragon set, giving you unique weapons like a fast-firing futuristic handgun or a leather and neon-pink outfit with a laser eye. It’s my favorite set in the game and I’ve been keeping it equipped for hours, but you’ll have to suspend some disbelief that someone is playing the guerilla in such clothes.
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From November onwards, there will be three DLC episodes where you play as a famous villain from previous games. The gameplay is said to be a roguelike where you start with a small firearm and keep dying and retrying while slowly getting better gear and stats. It’s something we’ve seen in a lot of games, but new to the Far Cry franchise.
The first DLC episode, up in November 2021, is called Insanity and will have you play as fan-favorite villain Vaas from Far Cry 3. While he wasn’t the main bad guy in the game, he is by far the most popular one and his famous quote often gets repeated online: Did I ever tell you what the definition of insanity is? Insanity is doing the exact… same fucking thing… over and over again expecting… shit to change… That. Is. Crazy.
To tide us over until the next character-DLC releases, we’ll get access to the full game Far Cry 3 – Blood Dragon in December 2021. This stand-alone release received a lot of praise when it launched back in 2013 and can still be bought for around $14.99 on most previous-gen platforms. They didn’t detail if this is a slightly remastered version or the original without any upgrades though. But it’s a nice extra to keep us busy regardless, especially if you didn’t own it.
It’s a kick-ass cyber shooter taking place on a bizarre open-world island, crawling with evil. It’s a journey into an 80’s VHS vision of the future where the year is 2007 and you are fighting against a cyborg army gone rogue. Your mission: get the girl, kill the baddies, and save the world.
In January 2022 we get access to the second character episode Control. This time we’ll be playing as Pagan Min from Far Cry 4. Pagan Min is the leader of Kyrat and is known for his flamboyant dress, eccentric violence, and generally, unconcerned approach even to highly climactic events. He is a rather soft-spoken sort of person, rarely expressing emotions stronger than a minor annoyance. In this DLC episode, we’ll see some of the inner workings of his mind from behind the veil as we control the character ourselves.
Lastly, in March 2022, we’ll be able to play Joseph Seed, better known as The Father, in the last character episode titled Collapse. He is the main antagonist in Far Cry 5, a game I know all too well having spent dozens of hours in it. He’s the leader of a religious cult and has the seven sins etched into his skin. Even a nuclear apocalypse couldn’t kill this guy, as evidenced by Far Cry New Dawn. It will be interesting to walk a mile in his shoes and see what makes him tick.
Is the Season Pass worth it?
While we’re getting a ton of free content and Far Cry 6 is already a massive game in its own right, there is no denying the appeal of the Season Pass content this time around. Playing as the main villains from Far Cry 3, 4, and 5 is definitely something that tickled my interest, and knowing Ubisoft, each episode will be good for over a dozen hours of content.
With the Three DLC episodes, a full (albeit somewhat old) game in Far Cry 3 – Blood Dragon, and some nifty gear that is available from day one, it seems like you’ll definitely get a lot of bang for your buck.
Far Cry 6 is available on PC, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, PS4, PS5, Luna, and Stadia. All costing around $59.99 for the Standard edition. For $99.99 you can get the Gold Edition, which includes the Season Pass, valuing it at ~$40. The Ultimate edition includes three additional and exclusive gearsets and costs $119.99.
Depending on how fast of a player you are and how quickly you want access to the exclusive gear, it may be smarter to wait for a sale. If you’re the type who will have beaten the main game within a month or two, then you definitely can’t go wrong with the season pass and it will add many hours of extra fun.
If you’re the slow-burn kind of player who dips into the game every now and then, playing a few missions at a time, then it’s probably a good idea to wait for a discount, as Ubisoft Season Passes usually go on a 50% sale about one year after launch.
Want to read more about what we think of Far Cry 6? Then check our Hands-On First Impressions article!