Far Cry 5 may let you and a friend tear through the entire campaign in co-op, but only one of you gets to make progress in the story.
The initial reveal of Far Cry 5 was a bit underwhelming. If you weren’t told about the studio’s ambitions to bring a dark, political story to life directly by developers, you only had slim details and a single trailer to get excited about.
Weeks later, at E3 2017, things weren’t looking much better. We got an uncharacteristically short gameplay trailer, and a surprise focus on bombastic moments and cool toys, a shift from the tone established in the reveal.
Regardless, there was one detail that got fans excited from the moment of announcement: full-on co-op support. Far Cry 4 had a co-op mode, of course, but it was very limited compared to what’s going to be available in Far Cry 5.
Co-op in Far Cry 5 means you’ll be able to play the entire game in with a friend, but there’s one crucial bit of info Ubisoft seemingly left out. Translation of a new video from German site Gamestar brought to light confirmation that only one player gets to make progress.
The video is based on information the site was given at E3. This is a big deal, and although yet unconfirmed by Ubisoft, it’s already been called a deal breaker by many on Reddit, and other forums.
If this is indeed the case, it’ll likely mean that only the host gets to keep make story progression, leaving the other player with having to replay the same missions on their own save if they want to catch up.
Most games that support co-op today have their own solutions to this problem, but denying progress outright to the other player is a frustration omission, especially since it’s only a two-player affair.
Far Cry 5 is out February 27, 2018 on PC, PS4, and Xbox One.