Far Cry New Dawn recently revealed its new story trailer, and it helpfully bridges the 17 years since the bombs dropped on Hope County.
We already knew a decent amount of New Dawn‘s story, thanks to previous trailers and coverage, like the fact that you’ll be duking it out against a band of raiders known as the Highwaymen and their ruthless twin leaders, Mickey and Lou. What we didn’t really know, however, was the role the Joseph Seed, Far Cry 5‘s antagonist and the leader of Eden’s Gate, would play in New Dawn, and it turns out players will have to cozy up to the cult leader.
Between Far Cry 5 and New Dawn, Joseph Seed, affectionately known as “the Father,” built up New Eden, a utopian refuge for members of Eden’s Gate and the realization of Seed’s prophecy. Located on the island in the middle of Hope County, New Dawn players will have to seek out Seed and form an alliance with his community to take down the Twins for good.
It won’t be easy. New Dawn‘s enemies are tougher than ever. New-to-the-series RPG mechanics mean that higher-level enemies will require more than your average firepower to take down. Thankfully, you’ll still have help from Guns for Hire like Carmina Rye, the daughter of Nick and Kim and the baby you helped deliver in Far Cry 5, who happens to narrate the beginning of the trailer. As we learned at a recent New Dawn preview event, Carmina’s relationship with New Eden isn’t the same as her parents’.
“[Carmina] sees [New Eden] as these relatively harmless, keep-to-themselves odd ducks,” said narrative designer Olivia Alexander. “But her parents can’t stand them, can’t stand that they’re in the same vicinity, and it’s a thing where she’s looking at her perspective of what the world used to be and what it is now, and how she’s digesting that.”
As for another returning character, Jean-Sebastien Decant confirmed that the deputy—you know, the nameless, silent protagonist in Far Cry 5—will be returning in some way, but he didn’t spill the beans on how or in what capacity. From our conversation, it sounded like there will at least be some kind of resolution to the deputy’s fate in Far Cry 5, but we’ll have to wait and see on that one.
Far Cry New Dawn launches for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC on February 15th.