Although framed as a direct sequel taking place 17 years after Far Cry 5, Far Cry New Dawn's setting is unusual enough, in the context of the series, to place it next to spin-offs such as Far Cry: Blood Dragon. Set in a Hope County that’s survived nuclear winter, Far Cry New Dawn marks the first time that the FPS plunges into the post-apocalyptic.
Just like humans have survived the nuclear winter, Hope County's animal kingdom has also lived to see another day. However, not all of its members are exactly the same as before the nukes dropped and that's why we're taking a look at the animals we'll encounter in Far Cry New Dawn.
What Animals will be featured in Far Cry New Dawn?
One creature that survived the bombs was the bison. Appearing both in the announcement trailer and in screenshots, two varieties of the bulky creatures have surfaced thusfar: one wearing its natural brown coat, albeit with a few extra stripes or scars, alongside another that's covered in moss.
Animal Guns for Hire aren't exactly new to Far Cry New Dawn but that didn’t make the reveal of our boar friend above any less awesome. Its size is appropriate for charging foes, its white tusks, I assume, do a good job at poking holes into Highwaymen and it’s just as eager to receive pets as any other animal companion would be. His name is Horatio and he can take on five Highwaymen at a time and smash cars.
Only spotted in one screenshot so far, the cougar will be another of Hope County's predators. It has, however, suffered some transformations in the 17 years that have passed. It's not only covered in moss and what look like either rocks or crystals, but also has a chest that glows yellow. Is it a sign of radiation? Or does it breathe fire?
Chickens are a resilient bunch, as it turns out, and nuclear bombs aren’t enough to wipe them out. Introduced by the Far Cry New Dawn announcement trailer, the feathery ones are either seen chilling with humans in their camp or gracefully avoiding footballs.
Far Cry New Dawn’s announcement trailer doesn’t take too long before it gives us a look at some post-apocalyptic deer. Far Cry 5’s brown deer seem to have survived the bombs, but we also got to see an albino variety with red antlers that looks quite awesome.
The other Gun for Hire coming from the animal kingdom is a trusty canine. As opposed to Far Cry 5’s Boomer, the post-apocalypse has taught this dog to ride along in vehicles while being extremely excited. The dog in question is named Timber and, turns out, he’s pretty good at scaring away larger animals. It must be the shame they feel because they can’t ride along in vehicles.