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Far Cry 5 shows you how to hit a cult

A canine friend joins the siege in Montana

Owen S. Good is a longtime veteran of video games writing, well known for his coverage of sports and racing games.

Far Cry 5’s appearance in Ubisoft’s E3 keynote on Monday introduced viewers to the situation in Hope County, Montana, scene of a doomsday cult’s takeover and subsequent federal law enforcement siege that forms the basis of the game’s story.

The gameplay trailer showed off the the team of agents the player will use in the campaign. A sniper, a pilot and a trusty canine are all part of the NPC team the player can assemble. The trusty pooch even fetches guns from enemies. The trailer opens with what appears to be an early mission in the game before spreading out to scenes from others.

Announced on May 26, Far Cry 5 will launch Feb. 27, 2018. Far Cry 5’s story campaign will be playable start-to-finish in online co-operative play. It will offer additional multiplayer options, including a map editor last seen in 2012’s Far Cry 3.

With the foes embodying typical rural folk of the U.S., and religious extremism so pointedly on display in the game’s adversaries, it’s safe to say this will be Ubisoft’s most controversial Far Cry game yet.