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Far Cry 6 release date: Preload, early access and unlock time

Get ready to fight in the Caribbean.

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We’ve had a longer wait than we thought we would for Far Cry 6 but that wait is nearly over, as we’ll be playing the game in a matter of days.

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Far Cry 6 will transport us to the tropical, frozen-in-time, island of Yara, which is under a tyrannical rule. As you would expect, your job as main character Dani is to fight against the island’s oppressive ruler and seize back control of your homeland.

You will play as Dani Rojas, whose gender can be chosen by the player. You may recognise that name from Ted Lasso, but this isn’t a crossover, as curious as we’d be to see how that might pan out.

For all you need to know about Far Cry 6, including when you can play it and what changes are coming from the previous games in the series, read on.

When is the Far Cry 6 release date?

The Far Cry 6 release date is right around the corner, 7th October 2021 – right in the middle of the big gaming season this year. The game was previously slated for a February launch, but it was hit by a big delay – more on that below.

What time does Far Cry 6 unlock to play?

There will be no twiddling your thumbs and waiting on the release day as we will only be one minute into it when Far Cry 6 unlocks. That’s 00:01 on Friday across every region.

Why was Far Cry 6 delayed?

The answer is the same one given for the majority of things that have been delayed over the last 18 months: the COVID-19 pandemic was the main reason behind the Far Cry 6 delay. Game developers spent a lot of time working from home and social distancing, and this has led to things not being finished in time to make that original release date.

Can I pre-order Far Cry 6?

Far Cry 6 pre-orders are available right now! Amazon and Game are just two of the places you can head to in order to make sure you get a copy of the game on release day.

Is there Far Cry 6 early access?

Nope! Quite a lot of the time you can play games early with things like pre-ordering or buying ultimate editions but not so with Far Cry 6. Everyone will be able to play the game at the exact same time for this one.

What platforms can I get Far Cry 6 on?

Far Cry 6 will be available on next-generation consoles, the PS5 and Xbox Series X, as well as the PS4 and Xbox One, with a PC and Stadia release also confirmed.

What is the Far Cry 6 story?

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As per the official synopsis: “Far Cry 6 takes place on the fictional Caribbean island of Yara, which is inspired by Cuba and described as ‘the largest Far Cry playground to date’ and ‘a tropical paradise that is frozen in time’. It is ruled by ‘El Presidente’ Antón Castillo, a fascist dictator with full control over the island. Castillo is guiding his son Diego, who is unsure of his own future, to follow in his footsteps.

“The player takes the role of a local Yaran named Dani Rojas, a guerrilla soldier fighting for freedom who attempts to restore their nation back to its former glory.”

Breaking Bad and The Mandalorian star Giancarlo Esposito is playing El Presidente, rounding out a cast that also includes industry legend Troy Baker.

Far Cry 6 gameplay

Fans of the Far Cry franchise know what the game is all about by now, but the four-minute video above can show you exactly what to expect from this latest installment.

On the surface, it looks like this first-person shooter game is going with the old adage of ‘if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it’, by keeping what fans know and love from previous games.

So, makeshift weapons and vehicles will still be around, you will be joining a resistance and using your skills to invade enemy camps and take out anyone that stands in your way. The protagonist of the game, Dani, is also customisable and you can choose whether they are female or male as you begin the game.

Can you preload Far Cry 6?

Yes, you can. Preloads have been available for a while now so you can start the installation right now so there will be no hanging about on Friday.

Is there a trailer for Far Cry 6?

There most certainly is a trailer for Far Cry 6 and it is quite the thing to behold. Resembling an HBO show opening credits rather than a game trailer, this cinematic trailer is, quite simply, stunning.

What do you get with the Far Cry 6 Ultimate Edition?

The biggest perk with the Far Cry 6 Ultimate Edition is that you get the season pass. This means that the upcoming DLC starring villains from Far Cry’s past will be yours as soon as they are released. You will also get the Ultimate Pack which includes The Jungle Expedition Pack, The Croc Hunter Pack and The Vice Pack.

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