Ubisoft has announced that Far Cry 5's next DLC episode, the pulpy sci-fi-themed Lost on Mars, will be coming to Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC next week, on July 17th.
Opinions might be divided on Far Cry 5, but there's little argument that its recreation of the lush Montana landscape is very pretty indeed. And the game's latest update on Xbox One, PS4, and PC takes full advantage of that fact, offering up a brand-new Photo Mode.
Far Cry 5's first bit of post-launch DLC, Hours of Darkness, will be coming to PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4 on June 5th, Ubisoft has announced.
Hours of Darkness is the first of three rather bizarrely themed bits of DLC planned for Ubisoft's enormously successful open-world shooter, and sees Far Cry 5 trade its usual Montana setting for the Viet Cong. The connecting thread is Wendell "Red" Redler, soldier and citizen of Hope County, "who must find and rescue his fellow squad members from hostile forces during the Vietnam War".
In present day Hope County, as seen in the main game, Wendell Redler can be found at the Redler Residence, in Far Cry 5's Holland Valley region.
Far Cry 5 isn't just a hit - it's a monster hit - bringing in hundreds of millions of dollars' worth of sales.
Ubisoft said this week that the open-world shooter, which launched in March 2018, enjoyed first week sales of $310m, making it Ubisoft's second biggest release ever. (The Division remains Ubisoft's biggest launch in history with $330m in its first week.)
Obviously, Ubisoft won't see all of that money - retailers and platform holders such as Valve, Microsoft and Sony all take a cut before cash flows into Ubisoft's coffers. Still, Ubisoft will no doubt be delighted with the remarkable return. For context, Far Cry 5's launch more than doubled that of Far Cry 4, which launched in 2014.
The island from Lost, that TV show about polar bears and time travel, has been painstaking recreated in Far Cry 5's Arcade map maker mode.
Far Cry 5 has topped the UK chart with monster sales, earning the series its biggest ever launch in the UK.
Ubisoft shifted considerably more copies during its debut week than fellow recent releases Assassin's Creed Origins and Ghost Recon Wildlands - which themselves sold well.
It's especially impressive for Far Cry 5 as it launched in March - compared to the busier November launch windows of Far Cry 3 and 4.
Ubisoft has emerged victorious in the long-running battle to stave off a hostile Vivendi takeover.
The Far Cry series' map editor - now rebranded as Far Cry Arcade - is making a big return in Far Cry 5, and will include elements from other Ubisoft series for the first time.
Ubisoft has launched a half hour-long film prequel to Far Cry 5 via Amazon Prime.
I just watched it and it's actually not bad - it follows three vloggers as they blunder head first into the Eden's Gate cult while researching it for a documentary series.
The fact they start their vlog by saying "WHAT'S UP" felt suitably accurate.
Ubisoft has announced a bizarre trio of DLC packs coming as part of Far Cry 5's season pass.
Ubisoft has announced delays for three of its upcoming titles: Far Cry 5, open-world driving sequel The Crew 2, and a third, currently unannounced game.
As soon as you complete Far Cry 5's tutorial, you can play the open-world shooter co-op online with a friend, Ubisoft has said.
Ubisoft showed off some proper Far Cry 5 gameplay at its E3 2017 conference earlier today, and it's just what you'd expect.
The trailer kicks off with a nice bit of hymn recital, followed by several minutes of bloody murder. The main focus of this one is the notion of "guns for hire," "friends for hire," and "fangs for hire" - allies you can call on in the form of non-player characters, wild animals, real-world friends, and a real good dog.
It's the first time we've seen the feature in action, with you seemingly being able to point at an enemy and set your various pals-for-hire upon them on command. The dog that was featured, Boomer, is not only a very good boy, but also will steal and retrieve for you an enemy's weapon if you ask him nicely.
Here's an odd one: UK retailer GAME refers to Far Cry 5 by a different name on its internal stock system - "Father Trump".
Ubisoft has a new logo - it's an updated version of the familiar purple swirl you'll have seen hundreds of times when loading up Assassin's Creed, Far Cry or anything Tom Clancy.
Far Cry 5 will introduce airplanes to the open world shooter series for the first time - as well as an attempt to satirise the rise of the far-right with its representation of fanatics in North West America.
UPDATE 24/5/17 5.05pm: Here's our first look at artwork from Far Cry 5, showing its cast of main characters:
There's a number of religious overtones to the image - its mimicry of da Vinci's famous Last Supper painting, the church in the background, the crosses on both the church's flag and the Stars and Stripes, and the character in the centre of the picture with a book - presumably the bible.
There's also a pile of weaponry - heavy rockets and a souped up crossbow.
In a flurry of announcements, Ubisoft has confirmed games in four of its big AAA franchises are all coming in the next 12 months:
Far Cry 5
The Crew 2