Since its casual announcement late last year, news has been relatively quiet on the Far Cry 3 front. Now, according to the latest issue of PC Gamer, it would appear that Ubisoft Montreal's anxiously anticipated sequel is in full production.
According to the magazine's rumor-filled 'Spy column', development of Far Cry 3 is "in full swing now", and is being headed by Josh Mosqueira, a man whose previous work includes Lead Designer on the RTS franchise Company of Heroes. Little else was divulged by the magazine's sources, but that won't stop Game Rant from speculating.
By all accounts, Far Cry 2 was a divisive game amongst the gaming community. Some loved the way its harsh, unforgiving gameplay mirrored the beautiful African backdrop to which it was set, whereas others cried 'Where's the fun in this game?!' after dropping dead from Malaria for the fifteenth time. If comments from Patrick Redding, Lead Narrative Designer on Far Cry 2, are to believed, then it's likely that Far Cry 3 will retain a similar setting. However, when asked about Far Cry 3 in 2008, he did mention the snowy landscapes of Antarctica as a possible alternative to the dusty plains of Africa. An intense location perhaps, but one that fits with the series' current 'extreme' landscapes. Admittedly though, it's one that I'm not particularly sure about. I may know very little about Antarctica, but it has always appeared as a far more desolate and hostile environment than one in which a 'fun' video game could take place in.
It will also be interesting to see how many of Far Cry 2's unforgiving game systems will be retained in Far Cry 3. It was originally assumed that Clint Hocking, Creative Designer on Far Cry 2, would be handling development of Far Cry 3, but following his recent move to Lucasarts, it's unlikely that any influence he originally had regarding the title's creative direction will be valid anymore.
Personally, I'm quite excited to hear that Far Cry 3 is in full development. Sure, it's all a rumor for now, but it's one that makes a great deal of sense. Far Cry 2 was released in late 2008, and a 2011 release for Far Cry 3 would give Ubisoft Montreal enough time to ensure that the title would be just as good as, if not better than, its predecessor.
Are you excited for Far Cry 3? Did you have any particular issues with Far Cry 2 that dampened your experience? Let us know in the comments below.
Source: PC Gamer (via Big Download)