News of the next game in the Far Cry series, Far Cry 6, leaked this morning. The game stars Giancarlo Esposito as the despotic ruler of a tropical paradise. If this premise sounds familiar, it’s because it jibes with the plot of most Far Cry games (the dinosaur scientist one not included). But thus far all of the major Far Cry games have been removed from one another, with a new cast of characters for each entry. That may not be the case in Far Cry 6, at least if some internet sleuths end up being right. Far Cry 6 may actually be a prequel to Far Cry 3, seeing the return of one of the franchise’s most memorable characters: Vaas.
The evidence for Vaas appearing in Far Cry 6 is extremely limited right now but there are a few key possibilities that point in that direction.
The above tweet by Joe Skrebels of IGN highlights one of the more convincing comparisons. The young boy pictured is named Diego. He’s the son of Esposito’s Anton Castillo, who rules the tropical island of Yara. According to the official description of the game, Castillo is attempting to restore the “nation back to its former glory by any means, with his son, Diego, following in his bloody footsteps.”
The scar on both characters does line up, so that’s a start! But we’ve got a long way to go. For one thing, Vaas has a canonical backstory that involves him having been born on Rook Islands, the setting of Far Cry 3, in 1985. There’s certainly no mention of him leaving to live on another island with his dictator poppa, before coming back to Rook Islands and giving a speech about the definition of insanity. So it’s likely there would have to be some retconning for this to be legit.
Frozen in time
This is a little less convincing, but worth considering: The official description of the game describes the setting of Yara as “a tropical paradise frozen in time.” That may just be a poetic way to describe the setting, but it may hint that “time” is a key factor here. Specifically that different time periods are important and that Far Cry 6 may be set in the past, when Vaas was a youngster.
The last potential piece of evidence for now is that Esposito and the actor who originally played Vaas, Michael Mando, are currently on the same show together, Better Call Saul. Actors work together all the time, of course, and it’s not like Ubisoft needed Mando to shine a light on the talent of Esposito for them. But hey, worth mentioning.
Speaking of Mando, the actor participated in a Reddit AMA two months ago and the topic of Vaas actually came up. Here’s what he had to say:
“Vaas is my spirit animal – having co-created that character is something that will always be dear to me. I still get recognized as Vaas, and I still feel the outpouring of love for that character – makes me very happy. Who knows… maybe I will reprise the role very soon? :p Thank you for watching xo”
Certainly a wink and nudge there, if ever there was one.
As of right now, it’s too early to say anything definitive about whether we’re seeing a young Vaas on the box art of Far Cry 6. There may be more indicators during Ubisoft’s Forward press conference on July 12, but it’s also possible we won’t get an answer to this until the game actually launches early next year.
Apple acquires softPOS firm Mobeewave – Finextra
Apple has reportedly acquired Canadian SoftPOS company Mobeewave in a deal which could see iPhone’s turned into contactless payment terminals.
According to reports from Bloomberg, Apple shelled out $100 million for the company. The deal would add an extra inducement for sole traders to switch to Apple, providing a means to accept card payments without the need to acquire a separate card reader from the likes of Square and iZettle.
Mobeewave already has a contract in place to incorporate its technology into Samsung handsets. The Apple rival is also an investor in Mobeewave.
Google Pixel 4a Canadian pricing, availability and specs – MobileSyrup
Google has finally revealed that the Pixel 4a is coming to Canada next month.
The Pixel 4a releases on September 10th and will be available at Bell, Rogers, Telus, Freedom Mobile, Videotron, Best Buy and more. Two-year pricing and availability will be shared at a later date.
The device costs $479 CAD outright, and you can pre-order it now on Google’s website.
Google is offering up to $180 in trade-in credit for select devices well. Additionally, the 4a includes a three-month free trial of YouTube Premium, Google Play Pass and Google One if you sign up for a recurring subscription.
iPhone 12 delay could see two-stage launch, says supply-chain report – 9to5Mac
Apple last week confirmed reports of an iPhone 12 delay that will go on sale ‘a few weeks later’ than the usual late-September timeframe. A supply-chain report claims to offer a little more detail, suggesting that the new models will go on sale in two stages.
That idea is of course not without precedent. We first saw it in 2017, with the iPhone X being announced in September but not going on sale in November, and again the following year when the iPhone XR was announced in September and wasn’t available until October …
Today’s Digitimes report opens by noting that thus will see production of iPhone 12 components peak in the final quarter of the year. These would normally peak in Q3 as Apple builds up supply of the new models ahead of the September launch.
Taiwan’s PCB makers in the supply chain for Apple devices will see their shipments for new iPhones not peak until the fourth quarter this year as Apple has confirmed its iPhone 12 lineup will debut later than normally scheduled in September.
MacRumors has seen the full report, which goes on to detail the two-stage launch expected.
Apple may launch its 5G iPhones in two stages, with two 6.1-inch models in the first and another two 6.7- and 5.4-inch devices in the second, the sources said, adding that suppliers of SLP (substrate-like PCB) mainboards for the former models have recently kicked off shipments, with those for the latter to start in late August.
Digitimes does hedge its bets here, saying only that this ‘may’ happen. While the site does have some good supply-chain sources, it has no insight into Apple’s plans, and it doesn’t always have full visibility of the iPhone supply-chain. Apple likes to have multiple suppliers wherever possible, so the schedule of one supplier is not necessarily the schedule for all.
If it is correct, however, that would mean (using last year’s nomenclature) that one base-model iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro would be available first, with the smaller base model and larger Pro model going on sale a little later.
As yet, we know little about the differences between the standard and Pro models. So far, it seems clear that the base model will have two cameras while the Pro ones will have three, and likely that only the Pro models will get the Time-of-Flight sensor for better AR performance. What is less clear is whether the 5G capabilities will vary between models.
There have been conflicting reports about which iPhone 12 models will get which versions of 5G. In particular, will all models or all countries get the faster but shorter-range mmWave 5G? If not, will it be all models in only some countries or only some models in all countries?
Although Apple has acknowledged an iPhone 12 delay, it has not yet given any clue whether the keynote will go ahead in September as usual, or whether this too will be delayed.
I noted last week that I may well opt for the (non-Pro) 5.4-inch model this year, though my decision will depend on both the 5G support and differences in the camera capabilities.
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