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Far Cry 6 release date, trailer, leaks, setting and story

Far Cry 6
(Image credit: Resetera/Ubisoft/PlayStation Store HK)

We've got our first look at Far Cry 6 today, and we've got all the leaked details as well. Yes, the release date published online was correct, and so we can assume its support for next-gen consoles will be correct as well.

If that's not enough, we've also got a strong idea of when we'll hear more about Far Cry 6, and when we'll see the game in action. Here's everything we know so far about one of next year's most anticipated games.

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Far Cry 6 release date

Far Cry 6 was coming out on February 18, 2021. This release date first came to us from the English translation of the PS Store listing that we'll get to below -- and the trailers that officially revealed the game confirmed it.

However, we're now long past that date. Ubisoft announced a delay of between two months and a year, with the earliest release now coming in April, and the latest being March next year. There's been no narrowing of that range since.

Far Cry 6 leaks

Far Cry 6 jumped into the headlines when the Hong Kong Playstation Store leaked its existence on July 10, as posted on Resetera. That leak spilled some big key details about the game, which we've got below. 

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It also broke the news of an upgrade path for next-gen consoles. Those who buy the digital version for PS4 will get a free upgrade to the PS5 version, according to Gamespot. This is similar to Microsoft's Xbox Series X Smart Delivery, so we'll be expecting Ubisoft is considering that option for those upgrading from Xbox One to Xbox Series X.

Far Cry 6 trailer

At Ubisoft Forward, we got the world premiere of the first Far Cry 6 trailer, which I've embedded below. It goes fill prestige television cinematic opening credits, and gives an introduction to Anton Castillo, his son Diego, and the revolution that's toppling his statue. 

Entirely built around cinematics, with no gameplay footage, this Far Cry 6 trailer is focused on emphasizing how much Esposito's helping make this game a filmic experience.

Later, we got the "Cinematic Title Sequence" trailer at Ubisoft Forward in July 2020. You can watch the clip, which features dramatic shots of Yara's flora, fauna, revolutionaries, industry, propaganda and more, below.

Far Cry 6 villain

Possibly the biggest news in the leaked Far Cry 6 listing is that its box art confirms a big rumor from last week that said the beloved actor Giancarlo Esposito (best known as Breaking Bad's Gus Fring) will be in the game. Esposito isn't just in Far Cry 6 — he's also the big baddie.

Esposito is seen on the box art as Anton Castillo, and the copy for the game notes that Castillo is a dictator "intent on restoring his nation back to its former glory by any means, with his son, Diego, following in his bloody footsteps."

Far Cry 6 setting and story

Far Cry 6 takes place in Yara, the nation that Anton Castillo's rules. Far Cry 6's product copy describes Yara as "a tropical paradise frozen in time." From the limited material we've seen so far, the island has a mid-twentieth-century look going on, meaning that the vehicles you drive and weapons you wield are probably older than you might have first expected.

But Castillo's got trouble on his hands, as local Yarans have started a revolution against him. You'll play as Yaran-born Dani Rojas, who becomes "a guerrilla fighter to liberate the nation." Dani is, like many of Ubisoft's recent open-world game protagonist, either male or female depending on your choice at the start of the game, 

Yara is the "largest Far Cry playground to date" (according to its product description), and you'll fight Anton's army across its "jungles, beaches and Esperanza the capital city of Yara." Previous Far Cry games have focussed on rural and remote environments, so seeing how the series tackles urban environments will be particularly interesting.