A new patch is coming to Far Cry Primal on April 12, and when it lands it'll come with some new features designed to make the game more challenging, including a new Survivor mode.
"The idea of doing this mode actually started from the team, saying they wanted to create this mode based on feedback they got from the community," explained Thomas Simon, Far Cry Primal's game director. "The keystone of that survival mode is the change in the exploration, crafting, and difficulty of the game to make it even more realistic. After that, there are options the player can activate to go further."
There's a new permadeath feature, as well as the option to have a spare life that gets replenished at certain checkpoints.
"We've also decided to make this combo of Survivor and permadeath available at any difficulty level, so even players that don't necessarily like to play extremely hard difficulty modes can still enjoy the change of experience in Survivor, and also try permadeath if they want to."
There's going to be a stamina gauge which needs to be replenished via sleep, the minimap is turned off by default, less of the map will be revealed as you explore, you'll encounter less animals and so hunting will require more patience, and fast travel will use up stamina and food. Night time is going to be longer, crafting ammo will stop being instantaneous, and soon the cold will be more dangerous for Takkar.
Taming animals is going to change, and if an animal under your control dies, it is gone for good: "The beasts you're going to control are going to get less powerful. The most powerful beasts you control, like sabretooths and bears, will not let themselves be tamed so easily. You're going to have to fight them up to the moment that they are at half-life, then bait them and tame them."
Permadeath is an interesting addition to Far Cry Primal, and it follows a similar move in Far Cry 4, with the Escape from Durgesh Prison DLC that tried something similar (although it will be implemented differently in Ubisoft's prehistoric adventure).
The blog that detailed the new features also included some nice concept art for the game, which we added below. If you haven't read it already, you can find our review of Far Cry Primal by hitting this link.
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