One of many eyebrow-arching asides to this year’s E3 was the reveal of Far Cry 3’s four player co-op mode, featuring a cabal of grizzled gun-wavers close enough to pick bullets out of each others’ backs. But while not-so-subtle influence Left 4 Dead’s crew want nothing more than to be helicoptered out of their extended team-building session, this lot have been helicoptered in for a prequel set six months before the events of the Far Cry’s single player game.
The campaign’s new locations will be tailored specifically to co-op - not least in the sense that, in contrast to the hallucinogen-fuelled meandering enabled by the single player map, there appears to be a campaign structure at all.
While players will be free to approach scenarios with a combination of stealth and machine gun overkill on the fly, occasional ‘events’ - demonstrated in the trailer by a sniping segment in pursuit of high-score headshots - will halt proceedings to pit team members against each other.
Other notables include the use of a ‘battle cry’ during a shoot-out - a health regeneration buff which suggests teamwork will involve more than supporting fire.
Last month we heard that Far Cry 3 has been delayed by three months, with a new release date of November 30th.