Big video game companies plan their games for years in advance. Even if the next installment in a popular series is still in development, most already have a rough idea of what to do next and for the game after. So, it shouldn't come off as a big surprise that there are already talks about Far Cry 7, even if Ubisoft only just recently released Far Cry 6 after a lengthy delay.
What is surprising here is that a trusted industry insider claims that Ubisoft is working on a live-service Far Cry game.
Is the next Far Cry game going to go live service?
Most live-service games are free-to-play with paid expansions, monthly premium subscriptions, microtransactions, and/or seasonal passes as a means to keep gamers in the loop and for the publishers to consistently make money. Several studios, companies, and developers have made a killing from live-service games. They're a lucrative investment if done right. On the other hand, they're also a costly endeavor with little margin for error.
With that said, Ubisoft is no stranger to making live-service games. However, most of its ventures in this "genre" are in the shooter space. Upcoming games such as Rainbow Six Extraction, Xdefiant, and The Division: Heartland, are all shooters that are designed to keep gamers playing for a long time.
Interestingly enough, Ubisoft announced earlier this year that it plans on making a live-service Assassin's Creed game. However, it appears that Ubisoft has similar plans for its other long-running franchise.
Dan Hay was overseeing the next Far Cry, which is intended as a Far Cry live-service project similar to Assassin's Creed Infinity. https://t.co/0x46iDRqnJ
— Jeff Grubb (@JeffGrubb) November 11, 2021
Over the past weekend, Jeff Grubb made waves when he spoke on Twitter about Ubisoft working on a live-service Far Cry game. His tweet followed the announcement that Dan Hay, a long-time developer over at Ubisoft, had resigned from the company. Grubb claims that Hay oversaw the live-service Far Cry game before his departure. He then added that this upcoming Far Cry game is "similar to Assassin's Creed Infinity."
With that said, as credible as Grubb is, the statement did not come from Ubisoft. You should take it with a grain of salt.
Of course, if it ends up being true, we wouldn't be surprised either. The Far Cry games are iconic. They've been around for nearly two decades. By making a new live-service Far Cry game as a way to re-introduce older titles while bringing in newer ones, Ubisoft can extend the lifespan of the franchise without necessarily changing things up. In a gist, this is what Ubisoft has planned for Assassin's Creed with Assassin's Creed Infinity. A similar set-up would work with Far Cry if it's executed properly.