Far Cry New Dawn has released, and there seems to be some genuine confusion about the nature of the game. People out there are wondering if the game is a DLC or a standalone title. The short answer is that the game is standalone; you do not need to own the previous Far Cry 5 to play it. As such, you are free to grab it on PC, PS4 or Xbox One and play away to your hearts content.
There is, however, a longer answer that explains some of the confusion.
The confusion seems to stem from the fact that Far Cry New Dawn is a direct sequel to Far Cry 5. It also only costs $40, as opposed to the traditional price of a new Triple-A title. The game also takes place in Hope County, Montana, and uses the same basic map as Far Cry 5. It has been changed in many ways, to represent the significant changes that have happened in the world since the events of the previous title.
The game also features many of the same characters as the previous game, but I won’t be dropping any spoilers in here about who may have survived the insane closing scenes of Far Cry 5.
So, if you have been asking “is Far Cry New Dawn a DLC?”, The answer is no. It is a standalone game that you can play even if you don’t already own Far Cry 5.