Far Cry 5 will release on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Project Scorpio, and Windows PC on February 27, 2018, Ubisoft has announced.

Set in America for the first time, the game promises a serene-looking yet deeply twisted world that players can tackle solo or entirely in two-player online co-op.

As the new junior deputy of fictional Hope County, Montana, players will find that their arrival accelerates a years-long silent coup by a fanatical doomsday cult, the Project at Eden's Gate, igniting a violent takeover of the county. Caught off guard and drawn into a power struggle, players must disrupt the carefully laid plans of the Project at Eden’s Gate, and fan the fires of resistance to help liberate the Hope County community and themselves.

Iconic American muscle cars, big rigs, ATVs, boats, and planes will be at the player's disposal. So too will guns, grenades, melee weapons, mercenaries, and attack animals like bears and cougars.

The map editor, last seen in Far Cry 4, will return with new features.

Creative director Dan Hay told Venturebeat that Ubisoft Montreal's research in Montana unearthed people who wanted to be left alone and were preparing for what they see as the inevitable collapse of American society.

"What we learned there is this concept of ‘freedom, faith, and firearms'," said Hay.

"People in that region, they don’t want to be fucked with."

Far Cry 5 pits players against a freedom-loving death cult

Hay also addressed the tension between fun and realism in Far Cry 5.

"When you think about the tone and what we’re building, we want it to feel as real as we can," he said.

"We’re building entertainment. We want people to be entertained. We want to make it feel real, and we want to make it feel like it has consequence. But at the same time, sometimes you want to just go blow shit up. That’s okay."