Ubisoft made a big splash at E3 2011 by showing off a gameplay trailer for Far Cry 3, a trailer that so surprised the Game Rant staff that we made it one of our top 5 gameplay trailers of the entire event. Precious little has been heard from the game since that time, though it did manage to sneak into Game Rant's 25 Most Anticipated Games list at #24.
In the most recent edition of Edge magazine (spotted by Gaming Everything), dozens upon dozens of new details are emerging for Far Cry 3, many of which emphasize tactical freedom and strategic improvisation. Here is a sampling of the details:
- A focus on the personal story of the characters instead of the hard-edged political cynicism in Far Cry 2.
- Open-ended combat.
- Multiple approach possibilities such as stealth and frontal assaults.
- Contending with native fauna and domesticated animals.
- Rigging a jeep with C4 and sending it to an enemy encampment.
- No weapon degradation
Fans of the series were miffed at the constant respawning baddies in Far Cry 2, an issue that Ubisoft took to heart and promised to rectify in the sequel. Making the the in-game world larger than the previous two games would go a long way towards changing up the formula, giving the development team a chance to ensure the gaming world is populated by new and exciting elements.
The Ubisoft development team also wants the game to be "emotional and raw," but still hold to its roots as a shooter. Edge calls Vaas, the main antagonist, a "sociopath" and "nearly a psychopath," and the game even shows protagonist Jason Brody under extreme hallucination on one occasion, giving additional veracity to the moral decisions that were teased by Ubisoft's Narrative Director Jason VandenBerghe last summer.
As for the release date, a new Far Cry 3 cinematic trailer has revealed that the game will launch on September 6, 2012. Check out the new cinematic trailer below!
Ranters, what do you think about the more open-ended nature of Far Cry 3? Are you more (or less) excited for the game now?
Far Cry 3 will be released on September 6, 2012, for the PC, PS3, and Xbox 360.
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