There’s been an encouraging trend towards games for between two and four players at E3 so far this year, particularly at the Ubisoft booth. To The Division’s squad survival antics and Assassin’s Creed: Unity’s murder with mates add Far Cry 4, which features a drop-in co-op mode.
It works thusly.
‘Guns for Hire’ co-op allows one extra player to pop into the Himalayan open world of the single player campaign, exploring Kyrat, taking down enemies and “generally making everything as precise or as chaotic as you choose”, say PlayStation.
Both players gain experience and in-game cash - which suggests there’ll be no squabbling for loot.
Far Cry 4 owners on PlayStation 4 can invite friends on PSN to play regardless of whether or not they own the game - but that’s likely to rely on Sony’s Gaikai streaming tech and not be available to us lot. Booo.
Far Cry 3 featured a separate four-player co-op mode that worked very differently. Players each took on the role of a pirate-chasing mercenary in a plot set six months before the events of the game proper - and engaged in competitions to snipe the most enemies or explode the most boats with an RPG.
I might be wrong, but it didn’t seem to strike a chord with otherwise fanatic Far Cry players - or even reverberate enough to bother a glass of water. A new approach can only do the series good, don’t you think?
Far Cry 4 will be out on November 18.