Publisher and developer Ubisoft announces its addition of a brand new permadeath mode for Far Cry Primal in April with a patch for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.

Far Cry Primal developer Ubisoft recently shared in a blog post regarding the action-adventure title that it will be providing fans with a free patch next month on April 12 to download a Survival Mode on all platforms, with the update also giving PC players 4K textures. Far Cry Primal‘s new mode will include the option of full permadeath — that is, a gameplay mechanic that kills off players once and for all when they die — but the feature won’t be active within any of the title’s Vision quests.

Should Far Cry Primal fans face the daunting challenge and ride a saber-toothed tiger into Survival Mode with no fear, they will also have some backup to help sustain their courage, as the developer plans on including a second-chance option with an extra life. In order to obtain this additional bit of support, fans will need to reach certain completion points in the game for its replenishment.

Furthermore, the combination of the Survivor and permadeath elements in Far Cry Primal is going to be available for any level of difficulty, including Expert Mode. For some additional context regarding the forthcoming patch, fans can check out the trailer below featuring the game’s director Thomas Simon officially making the announcement.

When Far Cry Primal fans jump into the title’s Survival Mode, they will notice Oros’ enemies being more plentiful and harder to defeat, the land’s beasts being more difficult to tame, and the inclusion of a stamina gauge to make players “slower and weaker” as the bar runs out of juice, forcing fans to make Takkar (played by voice actor Elias Toufexis) sleep to rejuvenate it. Plus, the world’s mini-map will be switched off completely, while the fog of war will become heavier, as less of the areas explored by players will be revealed along the way.

Additional strains in Far Cry Primal‘s Survival Mode will include the infrequent encounter of humans and animals, a change that will make fast travel consume food and stamina, Takkar’s loss of his ability to “rain remote-control death on foes using his owl,” an increased sensitivity to cold, a waiting period for ammo crafting, and the permanent disappearance of animals once they die. Fortunately, though, there is at least one benefit to the mode, as players’ Hunter Vision will be increased for longer bouts of time to help with the “longer, darker, and deadlier” nights.

Taking all of this into consideration, Far Cry Primal fans who have already finished all the game has to offer so far, including the obtainment of the Kanda of Faith achievement or trophy, are in for a surefire struggle for dear life once the Survival Mode becomes available. Not only will the feature offer players an engaging challenge, but also developers have promised a special reward upon its completion, which is definitely an extra incentive to play through the action-adventure game once more.

Far Cry Primal is out now and is available for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.

Source: Ubisoft 1, 2