Far Cry 5‘s companion system brought a welcome way to get some backup when playing in single-player. But it also contained a critical flaw, as the dog–Boomer–could not jump in your vehicle and go for a ride as the human companions did. Fortunately, Ubisoft heard the response and is amending this grave error in the newly announced Far Cry: New Dawn, which premiered during The Game Awards.
New Dawn appears to very much be an evolution of Far Cry 5, and that includes bringing in the same style of companion system. Set in the same location of Hope County, Montana, but years after FC5, you’ll meet and recruit a new series of allies. Among them is another dog, Timber, who could be seen in the reveal trailer for New Dawn.
Thankfully, when you decide to commandeer a vehicle, Timber will jump in and go for a ride, just like anyone else. It’s a minor, silly detail, but a welcome one nonetheless for those who felt bad about leaving their pooch to hoof it on his own.
New Dawn is set in a post-apocalyptic version of Hope County where you contend with a devious group known as the Highwaymen, who are led by Mickey and Lou, twin sisters known simply as The Twins. There’s a greater emphasis on crafting, as you can create weapons and vehicles. Beyond exploring this altered version of Hope County, you’ll also take on missions called Expeditions that let you explore entirely new areas.
New Dawn is set for release on PS4, Xbox One, and PC on February 15. It’ll cost $40 in the US; international pricing has not yet been announced.