The Far Cry series has garnered a reputation for vicious wildlife that is often far more dangerous than the pirates and militia scattered throughout the map, with the eagles in Far Cry 4 being a particular annoyance. However, in Far Cry Primal, protagonist Takkar will be able to use these beasts to his advantage. And yes, you can make him ride a mammoth.
In a developer video from Ubisoft Montreal and Ubisoft Toronto, we see Takkar toss bait in front of a wolf before approaching it and conducting a sort of Jedi mind trick to make it tame in a matter of seconds.
As with the more “traditional” entries in the series, Far Cry Primal puts a large emphasis on hunting to craft items, but you don’t have to do it alone this time. Your tamed animals can help take down your prey, but hunting should be done with caution, as dead animals can attract far more dangerous predators. Of course, if you’re skilled enough, this can be a strategy to quickly gather resources.
If you’re more interested in a stealthy approach, then Far Cry Primal has something very special. Forget about Ghost Recon; this game has owl recon. By using a bird call, you can summon an owl that can be steered around over enemy encampments, giving you information on nearby enemies before you go in for the kill. And if you’re more interested in using an owl as an ambush device, you can also make it drop fire bombs on enemies below (I’m not sure where it’s keeping them).
Far Cry Primal launches for Xbox One and PlayStation 4 on February 23, 2016, with a PC release following on March 1. Ubisoft has also recently announced the “Deluxe Edition” of the game, which contains extra missions centered around the mammoth, as well as an unbreakable “Blood Shasti” club.