Ubisoft continued their trend of spin-off releases in the Far Cry series recently with their latest entry, New Dawn. Despite an apparent decline in the series and the less than stellar sales figures for Far Cry 5.
New Dawn takes place in the same map as Far Cry 5 but is set after the events of the main game. For anyone still playing Far Cry 5 look away now because, spoiler alert, everything gets nuked.
That is the canonical ending as well with New Dawn taking place 17 years later in the recently irradiate Hope County. There are some changes to the newly landscaped map with some areas now inaccessible and others opened up.
One significant change to the scenery is the abundant presence of flora and colour.
Leaning away from the conventional depiction of a bland, textureless apocalypse often used in popular culture. Ubisoft has bucked the trend in atypical level design and it’s a welcome change for players.
It shows a small idea can go a long way but it may not be an exception as much as a pioneer. Trends play an important role in game design and upcoming releases suggest colour could be a significant feature in the future apocalyptic events.
Far Cry New Dawn
Avid gamers won’t need familiarising with a post-apocalyptic landscape of browns and greys. Popular series’ like Metro and Fallout have found a core aesthetic that’s bland and repetitive.
Granted, it’s not the most important element of those games but it still allows for simple level design. An old cliche like sewers and dungeon levels, they allow designers to skimp on details often aided by poor lighting.
Ubisoft has gone for a ‘Super Bloom’ theoretical apocalypse wherein nature has flourished in the absence of mankind. We’re told this is a perfectly plausible theory and it has created a world with much more incentive to explore.
The appealing colour scheme and unique plant life make the most of current gen graphics to produce an attractive apocalypse. Whether it’s the vast forest sections or the bright hipster settlements constructed from shipping containers and the ruins of the old world.
Far Cry New Dawn is easily the best looking wasteland we’ve explored in gaming to date. It’s a simple idea but complimented with the traditional Far Cry gameplay might make it the best entry in the series since Far Cry 3.
A Brand New Apocalypse
Ubisoft isn’t the only studio to have attempted to brighten up the end of the world. There will be a few other titles arriving this year. In fact, the blue and pink colour palette of Far Cry New Dawn could be very trendy for forthcoming entries in the genre.
Rage 2 is set to release in May and appears to adopt a similar approach to their Mad Max-esque aesthetic. Pink and blue certainly play a significant role in the advertising campaign and pre-release footage. Avalanche Studios latest entry in the hyper-shooter series will shift to a much more traditional industrial landscape though.
As opposed to Far Cry New Dawn’s back to nature approach, Rage 2 will bring some character back to the cities and deserts. Potential Fallout successor The Outer Worlds is also expected to release this year and will offer a third perspective to a bright wasteland.
With vivid creature designs and neon-soaked settlements, The Outer Worlds envisions a future where advertising is still key. Life is illuminated through these advertisements creating an array of colour throughout the baron world.
Improving technologies has seen developers shift to awe-inspiring landscapes in games like Red Dead Redemption 2 and Uncharted 4. The potential to create an entirely new world is an enticing one that players would undoubtedly love to explore. Here’s hoping this latest shift for the post-apocalyptic genre is just the start of a new dawn for game design.