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YouTuber JorRaptor, who has been playing Far Cry 6 ahead of its official release, spotted a QR code printed on the side of a crate found early in the game.
When this code is scanned with a mobile phone, it directs the player to a short six-second video showing a cartoon gun cylinder with a face.
The video briefly shows a shot of a map with three arrows on it, which JorRaptor theorises are supposed to represent players.
20 minutes of Far Cry 6 gameplay
The map shows scenery similar to that in Far Cry 4, and also shows animal tokens suggesting players will find specific animals in those areas.
There’s then a shot of a player being attacked by an armoured animal, followed by gunshots and blood splatters on the map, which replaces the player arrows with skull icons.
JorRaptor notes that the open-world sections of previous Far Cry games only supported two players, suggesting that the video is teasing either a new feature or perhaps a new multiplayer spin-off game.
Ubisoft stated in an earnings call in May that it plans to shift away from its traditional strategy of releasing 3-4 premium AAA titles each year, and instead plans to launch “high-end free-to-play” games for all its biggest franchises.
“In line with the evolution of our high-quality line-up that is increasingly diverse, we are moving on from our prior comment regarding releasing 3-4 premium AAAs per year,” said Ubisoft’s chief financial officer Frederick Duguet.