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'Far Cry New Dawn' turns Hope County into a nuclear wasteland next year

The sequel to 'Far Cry 5' hits PS4, Xbox One and PC on February 15th, 2019.
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Take the chaotic backwoods setting of Far Cry 5, add a dash of Fallout 76 and a sprinkle of Rust, and you've got Far Cry New Dawn, the latest game in Ubisoft's open-world action-adventure series. New Dawn is the radiation-soaked sequel to Far Cry 5, and it's set to hit PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC on February 15th, 2019.

Gallery: 'Far Cry New Dawn' reveal Dec. 2018 | 5 Photos

There are two potential endings in Far Cry 5, and New Dawn directly follows the most explosive option -- the detonation of a nuclear device in the midst of a deadly, drug-addled cult in Hope County, Montana. New Dawn picks up 17 years after the blast, in a lawless landscape that's apparently been coated in neon-colored nuclear residue and overrun with strange creatures.

The game's main villains are The Twins, Mickey and Lou, who are indeed twin sisters. They lead a gang called The Highwaymen that's intent on stripping Hope County of its resources and killing anyone who gets in the way. Players maintain a Homebase called Prosperity and prepare to battle the Highwaymen, crafting weapons, building vehicles and training other survivors to fight. A feature called Friend for Hire enables co-op play, allowing players to progress through the game with a buddy.

New Dawn brings something new to the Far Cry series with Expeditions. At Prosperity, players can travel to locations across the US ("from wetlands to canyons and more," according to Ubisoft), where they'll have to secure a package of valuable materials and get out as quickly as possible.

'Far Cry New Dawn' box art Ubisoft

Ubisoft technically revealed New Dawn at The Game Awards on Thursday night, but the box art leaked about a day before the show, giving the internet plenty of time to buzz, speculate and angrily decry the new game without an iota of information about its plot or mechanics. The cover is striking for starring two black women -- a segment of the population that rarely sees the spotlight in AAA games.

Far Cry New Dawn is available to pre-order now for $40 across consoles and PC.

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Jessica has a BA in journalism and she's written for online outlets since 2008, with four years as senior reporter at Joystiq. She specializes in covering video games, and she strives to tell human stories within the broader tech industry. Jessica is also a sci-fi novelist with a completed manuscript floating through the mysterious ether of potential publishers.

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