In Far Cry 4, Ubisoft's open world shooter on top of a mountain, you play as protagonist Ajay Ghale. And here he is. Here's his face. Ubisoft is showing you what he looks like, in case you encounter any mirrors in the game and think "hey, who's that?"
Far Cry 4 was announced last week. Not because a nondescript Thursday evening is the most visible time to announce a game, because it isn’t. Nor because it was E3, because it wasn’t. But Ubisoft were about to ring their investors, and really wanted to tell them about how well Far Cry is doing.
This moment can be ours, though - Far Cry 4’s first trailer.
What if I told you that Ubisoft had decided to expedite the release of their Far Cry compilation? Haha! Actually, we’ve no reason to suspect that The Wild Expedition was ever intended for anyhing other than a February 21 UK release. We mustn't allow humour to cloud the facts, in this, The News.
It’s a grudgingly great deal: all four Far Crys to date, including a prettier version of the Crytek one, for £24.99. That’s a fiver less than on the consoles.
Shanghai by night. It’s raining. Everywhere’s a film noir set in January. A slender figure, framed against neon, runs as if pulled by his nose. He reaches the postbox, thrusts something inside, and slumps; assailants close over him like a venus fly trap.
Four days later, a dossier falls across my desk. From our man in China, it spills the beans on a Far Cry sequel. The case, it is blown wide open.
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As every employee at Abstergo Entertainment knows, you can tell great stories if only you’re willing to fudge history a little. It would be easy to weave a narrative in which Assassin’s Creed 3 saw Ubisoft Montreal recognise their own hubris, and Black Flag display their newfound humility - but the truth is that the two projects were in the works simultaneously.
In fact, Black Flag learned its strongest lessons from its more lately successful sister series - Far Cry.
Two bits of information have just collided to create an explosion of awesome. Cliff Martinez the composer of Drive’s ace score has revealed that he’s working on the soundtrack for Far Cry 4, a game Ubisoft have yet to announce.
The composer of this is working on the sequel to this.
Do you ever get garrison guilt? You know - when you liberate all of a region’s bases from their cyborg occupiers, and then wish you’d saved a few heads to crack later? What if you feel the need to wind down after a long jeep ride with dragon-wrestling in a confined space? What if you come to realise that you’re here to chew gum and kick down garrisons, and you’re all out of garry gum?
Thankfully, Ubisoft Montreal have something they can prescribe for that.
Far Cry 3 Blood Dragon tickled the strings of nostalgia with its straight-to-VHS-styled action movie romp conversion of Ubisoft’s island shooter. Unfortunately, there just wasn’t enough of it. Thankfully. Ubisoft have seen fit to release the assets to the Far Cry 3 map-making community, allowing them to fashion their own levels in the Far Cry 3 editor.
One issue: it’s only been released to the console audience so far.
This week's playlist has death, intrigue, and cuddly little villagers. Rob's returned to League of Legends where he finds the reward for training hard and honing your skills. Jeremy taken to the streets and rooftops of Dunwall to enact his voyeuristic desires. Matt's discovering the problems of injecting the 80s into a tactical island shooter. And Julian plays the puppet master in indie god game Reus. He also has a problem with his stoats.
Far Cry 3’s homage to the 80s (homage means to pack something out with even more neon, right?) has launched. To mark the momentous release of Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon, Ubisoft have posted this new trailer.
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Ubisoft’s latest Far Cry 3: Blood dragon video shows the game’s creative director, Dean Evans, sit down with Terminator actor Michael Biehn, voice of Sergeant Rex Power Colt, to talk about the actor’s passion for the project.
Dean Evans: “What do you think of games? Do you play games?"
Michael Biehn: “No. I don’t, er, I’m here for a pay cheque. Nothing else. I reckon that’s about it.
Dean Evans: “Well you weren’t the first choice anyway but we couldn’t get Kevin Bacon.
If you’ve read the premise for Blood Dragon, it’s likely your brain initiated automatic HAHAHAH protocol long before you reached the bit about a “rogue cyborg army". If not, and if one of your remaining questions about the game before its May 1 release is, “Precisely how does a cyborg army go rogue?", you’re in luck.
Blood Dragon is a standalone Far Cry 3 total conversion available to download on May 1st. It’s an explosive parody of 80s sci-fi action movies and videogames, a neon-infused send up of the likes of Terminator 2 and Bionic Commando that also pokes fun at modern FPS tropes. It features a silly, laboured tutorial, an overly macho cyborg protagonist, an overbearing AI sidekick and a blacklit island terrorised by giant lizards who shoot lasers from their eyes. It’s stupid, but a very enjoyable sort of stupid.
This morning’s leaked footage of Blood Dragon (now pulled from Youtube), the awesome 80s action movie-inspired expandalone for Far Cry 3, was not the only thing to escape from Ubisoft’s vaults: Russian hackers managed to trick Ubisoft’s digital shopfront, UPlay, into thinking they already owned the unreleased game and allowed them to download it DRM-free.
Somehow, someway, a release-state 15-minute intro sequence for Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon has been filched from an electro-drawer at Ubisoft Montreal and tranferred to the hive mind via a Flash Gordon drive. The video is precisely long enough to confirm that the summer belongs to openly parodic ‘80s-future cyborg commandoing.
Of all this year’s PC-related April Fools’ nonsense, Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon was surely the most elaborate and far-fetched. Quelle surprise, then, to discover it’s no fool at all, but rather a very real standalone shooter set in an immediately dated 2007 sci-fi world - an “‘80s VHS vision of the future".