The biggest such option is the addition of permadeath. If you felt the stakes werent high enough before, you can now turn on full permadeath, which means your game is over the first time you die (except in vision missions, which arent real). If that seems too abrupt, theres also a second-chance option that gives you one backup life, which is then replenished at certain completion points.
Weve also decided to make this combo of Survivor and permadeath available at any difficulty level, says Simon, so even players that dont necessarily like to play extremely hard difficulty modes can still enjoy the change of experience in Survivor, and also try permadeath if they want to.
Permadeath is only the beginning. Survivor mode adds a stamina gauge, making protagonist Takkar slower and weaker when it runs out, and forcing him to sleep in order to replenish it. The minimap is now turned off by default, pushing you to pay more attention to your surroundings, and the fog of war has been strengthened, lessening the amount of the map you reveal as you explore. Youll encounter humans and animals less often as you explore, which means hunting takes a little more patience. Even fast travel is a little tougher, as it now consumes stamina and food.
Survivor mode will be available as a free patch for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC on April 12, and the PC patch will also add 4K textures to the game. Also, you can check out Survivor mode with an in-depth livestream on www.twitch.tv/ubisoft on March 7th at 9:30AM PDT. In the meantime, check out more about Far Cry Primal in these stories: