Far Cry 4 To Come in 2015, Set in the Himalayas

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The upcoming sequel will be the series's first departure from a jungle setting, featuring snowy mountain ranges in lieu of tropical rainforests.

In a recent story Eurogamer revealed that Ubisoft plans to release the latest Far Cry game in the first half of 2015. Far Cry 4 will, for the first time, introduce a new ecosystem to navigate, moving away from the leafy green jungles of the previous games to the Himalayas. Far Cry has always used its environment as a focal point, using the dense, lush vegetation both to push the series’s reputation for stunning graphics, and as a way for players to stealthily hunt down enemies. It will be interesting to see how gameplay changes, or doesn’t change at all, in a completely different setting.

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The Himalayas (pictured) will be unlike any place Far Cry has gone before.

The Far Cry games have really only ever been tied together by setting and core gameplay, following a completely new story and cast of characters in each iteration, so it will be interesting to see which direction Far Cry 4 will take. Far Cry 3, which was a major success for Ubisoft in 2012, took a much more linear approach than its predecessor and despite some polarizing opinions of its story (And a fair share of controversy) it was very well received. Eurogamer’s sources say Far Cry 4′s gameplay ”will remain similar to that in Far Cry 3 – presumably including a large focus on hunting local fauna. The world’s map will be structured in a familiar fashion too, a separate source said, with outposts for you to liberate.” Something definitely new to the series is the fact that in Far Cry 4 players will have the ability to ride elephants.

Finally, sources say Ubisoft will have an official announcement of Far Cry 4 at E3 later this year, and the game will release on Xbox One, PS4 and PC. Previous-gen console releases are as yet unconfirmed.

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