While Far Cry 4’s human antagonists are nothing to laugh at, Kyrat’s real threat is the Himalayan oasis’s wildlife, which seems hell-bent on ripping protagonist Ajay to shreds at every available opportunity. Stopping for even a second to admire Kyrat’s lush scenery is to risk sudden and inevitable doom, as the country’s lush forests and snow-filled peaks are simply crawling with bloodthirsty tigers, boars, wolves, and eagles. Especially eagles.
And those are just the regular animals. Far Cry 4’s upcoming DLC, Valley of the Yetis, which drops on March 10, pits players against something infinitely more dangerous. As revealed in Ubisoft’s newest trailer, when Ajay’s helicopter crash-lands on a Himalayan ridge, he’ll be forced to defend himself not just from a violent cult, but actual honest-to-goodness abominable snowmen as well.
Unlike Far Cry 4’s last DLC pack, Escape from Durgesh Prison, Valley of the Yetis looks like it expands on Far Cry 4’s story, pushing the game in an entirely new direction. Durgesh Prison ramped up Far Cry 4’s challenge by stripping players of their abilities and weapons and introducing a form of semi-permadeath, but it took place on the original map, and didn’t do much to expand the existing story.
Meanwhile, Valley of the Yetis seems to take place in a brand new location, where players “must capture a camp and guard it from a mysterious cult… as they search for a way out of the valley.” The trailer is heavy on story and light on new gameplay mechanics, but Valle of the Yetis looks like a refreshing change of pace all the same. In the main campaign, Kyrat was a beautiful and deadly location, and developers took great pains to make sure the country felt real. Valley of the Yetis, on the other hand, delves into pulp adventure and Himalayan folklore. The stakes are still deadly, but the threats are a lot more ridiculous.
As far as DLC is concerned, Ubisoft’s done right by Far Cry fans in the past, particularly with Far Cry 3‘s Blood Dragon expansion, which reimagined the game as a sci-fi, kaiju-infested 80’s action flick. Blood Dragon received rave reviews, and went on to become Ubisoft’s bestselling download-only title, with over a million copies sold. Valley of the Yetis doesn’t necessarily shake up Far Cry 4 as much as its predecessor, but it’s only the beginning; a survey issued about a month ago hinted that Far Cry 4 could be getting vampires, dinosaurs, and zombies sometime in the future.
Far Cry 4: Valley of the Yetis will be released on March 10, 2015 for Xbox One, Xbox 360, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, and PC.