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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 is 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.

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. 

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.

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." 

But Castillo's got trouble on his hands, as local Yarans have started a revolution against him. You'll play as Yaran Dani Rojas, who becomes "a guerrilla fighter to liberate the nation."

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."