Ubisoft Montreal is apparently working on the development of two separate Far Cry titles. Originally part of the same vision under the codename “Talisker,” the projects have evolved into two standalone experiences due to management shifts and changes in project direction.
The traditional single-player experience, known internally as Project Blackbird, will eventually materialize as Far Cry 7. On the other hand, Ubisoft is also brewing a unique multiplayer shooter titled Project Maverick, which promises to be unlike anything in the existing Far Cry universe.
Please note that the details discussed in this article are based on rumours. As of now, Ubisoft has not officially confirmed any of the information regarding the upcoming Far Cry projects, Project Blackbird and Project Maverick. The features, gameplay mechanics, and release dates mentioned should be treated as speculative until verified by Ubisoft.
Project Maverick stands out as an extraction-focused multiplayer shooter set in the fictional Alaskan region of Alashnica. Players will be drawn into this wild and chaotic land with the illusion of finding freedom, only to discover a world where trust is in short supply.
Players will need to engage in a variety of survival activities. This includes scavenging for essential materials, hunting animals, and collecting plants. Players will have a designated safe zone known as the “Hideout” to store their gathered resources and weaponry.
The game is built to be flexible, accommodating both solo players and teams. Teammates can share a communal Hideout and pool their resources, offering a cooperative gameplay experience. As players go through the game, they will aim to acquire equipment, climb up levels, and earn special perks or abilities. Interestingly, these perks are tied to in-game challenges referred to as “contracts,” which must be completed to progress.
One of the most intriguing aspects of Project Maverick is its high-risk, high-reward system that incorporates permadeath. Players will lose all of their gathered equipment, perks, and levels if they meet their demise in the game. However, any items stored in the Hideout remain safe and can be used in future gameplay.
Though dates are still tentative, Project Maverick is expected to precede Far Cry 7 in its release. Current plans pencil in a launch date of April 2025, with alpha testing set to commence in the first half of 2024.