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Sunday, 18 May 2014

FarCry 4 Announced

Can this already unhinged FPS franchise get any crazier? Apparently so!
Ubisoft have this week announced the development of a new instalment in their FarCry series of first-person-shooter video games. Titled FarCry 4, the sequel to 2012's critically acclaimed third chapter will take place in a region of the Himalayan mountains where civilians are "struggling under the regime of a despotic self-appointed king" (in the words of the studio's official announcement press release).

Rumours surrounding this much-anticipated project have been circulating for some time now, so to hear that those reports were genuine (and better yet, that we'll be receiving the product in its entirety before the year's out) comes more as a relief than anything else. Seasoned followers of On-Screen may recall that we had a decent few bones of contention to pick with FarCry 3 in 2012, particularly regarding the underwhelming climax of its narrative, but the game earned an 8/10 score for a reason, and that reason was (in essence) the unparalleled sense of freedom that came with its lush open-world environment. Sure, it was no Skyrim when it came to scale, but the island came off all the richer thanks to its boundaries, with Ubisoft Montreal turning the limits to their advantage by producing a free-roamable realm which was as densely packed with content as Batman: Arkham Asylum, Grand Theft Auto IV and LEGO The Lord of the Rings all put together. Provided that the writing team can overcome the hurdles which restrained their last script, chances are that we could be looking at another potent Game of the Year contender here...

FarCry 4 will set up camp on PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, Xbox One, Xbox 360 and PC this November 21st.

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