Far Cry 5 to get free weekend and frame rate upgrade


Far Cry 5 was one of the top games to see a release in 2018. And while Ubisoft’s Far Cry series has sold millions of copies worldwide, this is still the best-selling entry in the series to date.

Set in Montana, USA, the game has you going against an evil cult which has taken over the rural location of Hope County. Players take the role of a deputy who (against all odds) must free the county from a cult led by Joseph Seed, who no doubt is one of the best villains in the series to date.

So is Far Cry 5 one of the best entries in the Far Cry series to date, even if it doesn’t quite reach the heights of Far Cry 3, still widely considered the best Far Cry to date.

Nonetheless, those yet to play Far Cry 5 are in luck as Ubisoft will be running a free weekend, making the game free to play from March 23 to March 27, 2023 on both consoles and PC. All of the game’s content will be available for players to enjoy in celebration of Far Cry 5’s fifth anniversary. Your in-game progress will carry over if you decide to take the plunge and buy the game, which is getting an 85 % discount on Steam, the Ubisoft store, PlayStation and Xbox stores during the free period.

This is quite a long game to play through, but like in previous Far Cry entries there’s a way to complete the game quickly (and without firing a shot) thanks to this alternate ending. Also despite the game getting stellar reviews, it does have its faults, with its silent protagonist being a point of contention for many.

Far Cry 5, though, is still a cut above the most recent entry in the series, selling better than Far Cry 6 did. Actually, it’s the best-selling game in Ubisoft’s series to this day. This could change when Far Cry 7 is released – that game is currently in development at Ubisoft together with a multiplayer spin-off according to rumors.

For the time being, though, there’s Far Cry 5 to enjoy. Aside from it being available to play for free from March 23 to March 27, Ubisoft is also giving the game a frame rate upgrade. Owners of Xbox Series X/S and PS5 consoles will be able to play the game at 60 frames per second for the first time ever. Meanwhile, owners of an Xbox Series X console will be able to run the game at glorious 4K resolution, while those playing on PS5 will get a marginally lower resolution. The Xbox Series S version runs at 1080p resolution according to Ubisoft.

Far Cry 5’s next-gen update, plus it being available for free in the coming days, will surely be an incentive for those who were longing to replay the game to dive back into Hope Country, Montana and fight Joseph Seed’s evil cult once again, while we wait for the next entry in Ubisoft’s first-person shooter series to arrive at a future date.