Despite rumours earlier this year that Far Cry 5‘s microtransactions will be cosmetic-only, new details have emerged that the game will use the fees to propagate “time-saving mechanics” in the single-player campaign.
The details came alongside a new trailer, which is embedded below, but the major news was the revelation that microtransactions will be different than previously advertised. In an interview with Gamespot, Dan Hay, executive producer at Ubisoft Montreal, suggested that microtransactions were cosmetic only: “we’ve set the game up so…nothing is locked [away].” However, that idea was later contradicted by Hay and an unnamed Ubisoft PR representative’s statement that real-money purchases can help speed up player’s progress, which certainly sounds more than a mere cosmetic addition.
The cosmetic transactions seem rather important for Far Cry 5, too, as players are able, for the first time in the series, to customise and alter the appearance of the main character. Information has been scarce on whether these items are purchase-only, but some appear to be called “premium customisation items,” which are locked behind a paywall, at least at the start of the game.
The addition of microtransactions are unsurprising, given the fact that they are part and parcel of AAA game development and economic models in the current market.
The obvious model for Far Cry 5‘s microtransactions, then, appears to be Assassin’s Creed: Origins, which is also published by Ubisoft. In Origins, players could purchase lootboxes to unlock new weapons, armour, crafting materials, and other customisation bits for their character. Purchases were made via an in-game currency, which could be bought with real money, but Far Cry 5 has already been confirmed as having no lootboxes available, so purchases will likely be flat-priced, with no veiled gambling involved.
The new trailer is scant on gameplay, instead being one of those expensively made, yet detail-barren, live-action trailers suited for television.
The little gameplay that is shown details more about the game’s antagonist, story hints, new shots from the open world, and some vehicles and weapons that have been shown already.
Far Cry 5 releases on March 27 for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.