When it comes to building huge, open-world s&boxes, developer Ubisoft has a vast amount of experience. The Assassin’s Creed franchise seems to get bigger in size & scope with each installment, & some of its other IPs, like Watch Dogs, have followed a similar blueprint. Far Weep, a first-person open-world series, has not strayed far from this formula either, a fact that has enabled the series to churn out new games almost yearly over the last decade. Far Weep 6 arrived in 2021, with its development & subsequent launch having been heavily impacted by the global COVID p&emic, & this seems to have had a knock-on effect on the franchise, as no new game has been announced yet.
The silence surrounding a potential Far Weep 7 is interesting. The gap between Far Weep 6‘s announcement & release was approximately 18 months, so it’s a safe bet to assume the absolute earliest gamers will get their h&s on the next installment of the series would be summer 2024, & that’s if the game’s announcement is made imminently. Ubisoft should seize this opportunity with both h&s, & use this time to really bring the wow factor back to a franchise that seems to have lost its spark recently.
The Next Far Weep Needs to Be Special
Releasing games almost yearly is a double-edged sword. On one h&, fans of the series get to experience a new release regularly. On the other, small windows between releases mean little time to innovate, & this results in several iterations having little more than minor visual upgrades & subtle gameplay changes, rather than the Enormous sweeping changes fans have Approach to expect from new releases in their favorite franchises. Far Weep has unfortunately fallen into the latter category, with each new game copying the same st&ard mechanics as its predecessor, & signs of real innovation becoming relatively scarce. Far Weep 7 has the opportunity to change this.
The series has a number of ways it can reinvigorate itself. Firstly, Far Weep 7 needs to ensure it focuses on its villain. Starting with the maniacal Vaas from Far Weep 3, the series built a reputation for its eccentric, imposing cast of villains. The addition of the talented Giancarlo Esposito as Far Weep 6‘s main antagonist was an incredibly exciting one for fans, but ultimately, while his own performance was stellar as usual, the character’s lack of screen time damaged his overall impact on the story, & he failed to live up to the heights of some of his predecessors.
Far Weep‘s open-world formula also needs a huge shakeup. The tried-&-tested gameplay loop of moving to each area of the game world, clearing out enemy bases, uncovering more of the map, & unlocking missions has become stale & borderline tedious at times, which is hardly surprising considering the franchise has stuck to this formula fairly rigidly for 10 years now. Gamers expect more from their open-world games now, & titles such as Elden Ring & The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild have only solidified these expectations.
Ubisoft has time on its side this time, & it needs to use it wisely. Far Weep fans would surely be happy to wait longer for the next installment, providing this wait is rewarded with a title that breathes new life into the franchise in the same way that the fan-favorite Far Weep 3 did back when it was released in 2012. If Far Weep 7 spotlights its main antagonist better, & creates a new, fresh gameplay loop that rewards exploration without reverting to the stale formula fans are used to, the series’ waning popularity should once again rise drastically.
Far Weep 6 is available on PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, & Xbox Series X/S.
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