E3 2014: Here's How Far Cry 4 Multiplayer Sharing Works

Details revealed on how Far Cry 4 owners will be able to play the game's co-op multiplayer with those who don't have a copy of their own.

During Sony's E3 press conference on Monday, it was noted that Far Cry 4 players would be able to play the game's new co-op mode with PlayStation owners who don't have a copy of the game. Details on how this works have since surfaced and, as you'd expect, there are some caveats.

In order to share the game, you'll need to be playing it on either PlayStation 3 or PlayStation 4 and have a PlayStation Plus subscription, Ubisoft has revealed to GameSpot. If you meet those requirements, you'll be given ten invitations that can be sent out to PlayStation Network friends to play "a free trial of online co-op with you. Explore Kyrat together, capture outposts, gain money and experience, and create your own stories with a friend."

"The way we built it was we wanted to make sure to protect the autonomy of the single-player experience." -- Far Cry 4 executive producer Dan Hay

Neither Sony nor Ubisoft has specified the exact limits on what this "trial" encompasses, but we did get some sense of that from executive producer Dan Hay. When discussing the feature on GameSpot's E3 stage show, he said, "We're going to be generous. We want you to basically download the game, jump in your buddy's game, play as Hurk, play for a couple hours, run around, experience the entirety of the world, take over some outposts, take over some fortress, understand what it's like to be able to wingsuit, to be able to climb on top of the elephants, to be able to get a whole bunch of new vehicles and weapons, and effectively play the game."

Pressed for a sense of just how much you'll be able to play this way, Hay said, "You're going to get a very large taste."

For those who are more concerned with what this means for the single-player experience, Hay offered some reassurance on that front. "The way we built it was we wanted to make sure to protect the autonomy of the single-player experience," he said. "So if you're a single-player person and you want to be able to have fun, you can do that. But at any given time, you're going to be able to invite your buddy in, you'll be able to play in the open world."

Far Cry 4 is scheduled for release on November 18 for PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, Xbox One, Xbox 360, and PC. For more on the game, check out our impressions of riding on an elephant and piloting a gyrocopter, both of which you can do in Far Cry 4.

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21 comments
Tranula
Tranula

Alex Hutchinson went on to reveal that PC is the lead platform for "Far Cry 4,"   

JalalBlack
JalalBlack

Nov 18th , one week after COD Advanced , they must be confident .

Unfallen_Satan
Unfallen_Satan

On the one hand, it could be a way to encourage ambivalent friends to try the game and maybe get into it. On the other, most of my friends don't care to download a 10 GB game and then play "a couple of hours." This news has just dropped from exciting to whatever for me.

sandman338
sandman338

What is funny about this is that this is exactly what Microsoft wanted to do for ALL games on their system and Sony tricked everybody into believing that this was a bad idea last year...now this year Sony thinks it is cool.

Saketume
Saketume

Or just let anyone download the demo?

seanwil545
seanwil545

Seems like a nice little feature, but at the core this purely a marketing strategy to widen the customer base. Nothing wrong with that, but that's how I see it.

At 40+, I'm pretty much a solitary gamer these days and so even though I have a PS4, I will be on PC...assuming I purchase. 

ooblah
ooblah

The one thing I took away from this is that there's open-world, co-op, free roam ... and that's all that matters.

AyatollaofRnR
AyatollaofRnR

So this option is not available on Xbox. That's annoying.

spacecadet25
spacecadet25

Better than nothing.  I can't see a lot of people upset about this.

pezzott1
pezzott1

Dont really see a problem. StarCraft has a very similar system and a friend and i played a lot together. i bought the game and his was free.

Too-DementeD
Too-DementeD

Well it was kind of obvious that there would be a catch here. 
I suppose it's still not bad, I could invite a friend and see how the game goes.

I don't think this exclusive feature is gonna be enough to sway many people to buy a Playstation copy over an Xbox copy if that's their preferred console though.

seanwil545
seanwil545

@evilace_stealth 

Its actually a lot like a pyramid scheme. One person invites 10 people, one of them buys the game and then invites 10 more people...so on and so forth.

Nothing sells better than word of mouth.

themc_7
themc_7

@spacecadet25 this is cool. Hopefully this is a look at things to come. Would've been interesting to see how Microsoft's DRM, game sharing program would have worked.

ooblah
ooblah

It will if Sony continues to conveiniently forget to mention things. Like "the catch" to the whole MP sharing. Or that GTA V is coming to more than just PS4. Or whatever other sneaky things execs say to sell you on things. Not just dogging Sony, Msoft and several other companies do it too - it's intentionally misleading.

themc_7
themc_7

@Foppe @AyatollaofRnR true. However some of my friends haven't played the Far Cry series and it'd be nice to give them a taste of the awesomeness, so then they'd buy the full game.

Forcecaster
Forcecaster

@ooblah  About the "GTA V is coming to more than just PS4": this is common, everyone announce a title exclusive to their console and as the press conferences move on more consoles will be added and at the day the title will be multiplat. A few years ago Metal Gear Rising was announced on the Xbox show, later revealed to be an X360, PS3 title and at the end of the day it was announced for PC too.

themc_7
themc_7

@ooblah it's really not misleading at all. What's the catch? You need to be a PS+ member? So big deal, I don't know anyone with a PSN account who doesn't have +


Obviously they just can't give out 10 free games with the purchase of every 1. That's a business model to go bankrupt.

Forcecaster
Forcecaster

@AyatollaofRnR @Foppe  Well as this is a "trial" it will not be something like sharing the whole game for free with ten of your friends "genius".