Far Cry 5 Arcade Finally Addresses Many Long-Standing Map Editor Complaints With a Bit of Retro Charm

Far Cry 5 Arcade Finally Addresses Many Long-Standing Map Editor Complaints With a Bit of Retro Charm

Custom map fans finally have something to cheer.

Custom Maps have long been an underrated part of Far Cry's appeal; but recently, fans of the classic map editor haven't had much to cheer. That stands to change with Far Cry 5 Arcade, which marks the map editors classic return after its notable absence in Far Cry Primal. As in previous versions, it will allow players to create their own custom maps while bringing back requested features, such as PvP multiplayer.

Far Cry 5 Arcade will feature support for a variety of map types, and will include competitive multiplayer for the first time since Far Cry 3. The maps can get pretty weird, too. You can see a sampling of what's on offer in the video below.

Of the maps that Ubisoft showed, the Upside Down was particularly disconcerting. While its name appears to reference the bizarre realm from Stranger Things, it reminded me more of the fourth dimension shown in Interstellar. It messes around with your orientation and even gravity at times, showcasing the flexibility that the map editor offers. Ubisoft also included a few more examples of their own.

Far Cry Arcade will include a hub featuring a progression system, matchmaking, and in-game currency rewards, all wrapped around retro-inspired pixel art. It appears to reverse the downward trend the franchise's map editor had been on over the past couple games. Far Cry 4 was criticized for its narrow focus on co-op and single-player maps, while Far Cry Primal cut the map editor entirely.

As for the rest of the game, I offered some impressions of Far Cry 5 last week, noting that it puts more focus on its sandbox gameplay than its cult antagonists. The full-blown co-op is definitely my favorite part.

Far Cry 5's post-launch DLC will include three Blood Dragon like episodes: Hours of Darkness, Lost on Mars, and Dead Living Zombies. The season pass will also include a free copy of Far Cry 3.

Far Cry 5 will be out on PS4 and Xbox One on April 27. Here's everything else we know about Far Cry 5 so far.

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