It's been a troubling time for video game developer and publisher Ubisoft. From the game-breaking issues of Assassin's Creed Unity and Tetris Ultimate, controversy surrounding the free DLC (that was being used to apologise for Unity's problems) and the Unity patches that made some things even worse, gamers have had plenty of reasons to complain.
But amongst these crises, open-world shooter Far Cry 4 managed to do just fine. Admittedly there were some problems with the PS3 version of the game but for the most part Far Cry 4 was reviewed well by critics and gamers alike.
It makes good sense then, that off the back of Far Cry 4's success Ubisoft would like to create even more content for the game, adding to the Escape from Durgesh Prison DLC. According to a new survey that has been sent out to Far Cry fans, that 'new content' could include vampires, dinosaurs and zombies.
Some of the suggestions that Ubisoft wants feedback for include:
"A Far Cry game where you can fight against or join vampires, a Mad Max-style post-apocalyptic world [and] a Far Cry game set in the modern day on a Jurassic Park-style island with dinosaurs".
Zombies were also mentioned but a Far Cry game featuring dinosaurs seems the most likely given that Far Cry 3 and 4 were both big on wildlife. A recent Dorkly comic even hoped that Far Cry 5 would featured a Pokémon like mechanic where players send creatures after enemies.
An apocalyptic world game could prove popular (especially as a new Fallout game has yet to be announced) but a Mad Max video game is already pencilled in for a 2015 release. Dying Light and H1Z1 are two other zombie games set to be released this year too, providing an undead Far Cry spinoff with some hefty competition. Meanwhile, a Far Cry vampire title could prove successful and unique. Gamers haven't had many chances to play as vampires recently other than vampirism in Skyrim and the Festival of Blood DLC for inFamous 2.
Also mentioned in the survey are new settings. Locations include Peru, Alaska but Ubisoft is also looking at historical events such as the Vietnam War and a Spaghetti Western-style tale set in 19th Century America.
A Red Dead Redemption infused Far Cry seems incredibly far-fetched, especially with Red Dead Redemption 2 being rumoured. The Andes mountains in Peru and the snowy peaks of Alaska are more in line with Far Cry 4's Himalayan setting.
Ubisoft is no stranger to history lessons in its games and so even a Vietnam War spinoff is indeed possible. Kyrat's story is heavily focused on liberation and politics (it's inspired by the real word Maoist insurgency in Nepal), as was the Vietnam War, and so gameplay that takes on the 20th conflict could fit right in.
Keep in mind that these suggestions are not guaranteed for release. Although Ubisoft has done similar polls before other games (they asked about the American Revolution not long before Assassin's Creed 3 for example) a negative response to these ideas may see each and every one of them scrapped.
Furthermore, Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon (the standalone content that took players back to the '80s) did very well as it sold over one million copies and became the fastest selling downloadable title in Ubisoft history. If they're looking to replicate that success with Far Cry 4 then they will want to take the time do it right.
Expect more information on the Far Cry spinoff soon.