These days, it’s almost impossible to keep a project in the gaming industry completely under wraps. Whether it’s a developer harmlessly updating their resume or a retailer mistakenly posting a listing for a yet-announced title, it’s not unusual for the public to know about a game’s existence before any official announcement surfaces. The former seems to be the case with Far Cry 4.
Thanks to a posting on LinkedIn, it seems as though an employee at Ubisoft Shanghai named Xavier Plagnal has come forward about his involvement in “the next Far Cry game.” According to his CV, Xavier is a Studio Design Manager with Ubisoft and has been working as a Content Director on a yet-to-be-announced Far Cry title since September 2013.
While this should all be taken with a grain of salt as Ubisoft has yet to officially announce that the aforementioned game is in fact Far Cry 4, they have been promising for almost half a year that details of the game would arrive “soon.” With this CV posting becoming public, gamers can only hope that an official announcement is on its way for the followup to 2012’s smash-hit open-world shooter.
An interesting interpretation of this news though, is that the game mentioned on Xavier’s CV could be something different from Far Cry 4 altogether. While it’s no surprise that Ubisoft makes use of their different studios worldwide to contribute to their major games, there have also been rumors that Far Cry: Blood Dragon could receive a sequel.
If this is the case, then maybe the game mentioned on LinkedIn is not actually a baseline Far Cry game, but actually a sequel to Blood Dragon or another completely different title based off of the existing framework. This could be an incredibly exciting development as Blood Dragon turned out to be a refreshing take on downloadable, standalone spinoffs. After getting a glimpse of what Ubisoft is capable of when they throw their own established conventions out the window, it could be interesting to see where they go next.
For those clamoring for a new core Far Cry title though, there’s still hope. Throughout development of Far Cry 3, Ubisoft Shanghai was involved along with Ubisoft Red Storm, Ubisoft Massive and the core team at Ubisoft Montreal. As such, it’s not unreasonable that the team at Ubisoft Shanghai is in fact working on assets for the yet-to-be-announced title.
This isn’t the fist time that Far Cry 4 has had its existence hinted at, as Far Cry 3‘s composer has previously confirmed his involvement in the sequel. With all this talk about the game coming to the forefront, it’s only a matter of time before Ubisoft releases their official statement regarding its release. For all intents and purposes, gamers can probably expect this to occur during E3 2014 and you can bet that Game Rant will be there to cover it as it happens.
Would you rather see a new baseline Far Cry game or another crazy spinoff? What changes would you like to see the series go through in Far Cry 4.