Far Cry 4 will have "a lot more multiplayer" than Far Cry 3

Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot says, "We are working on launching games that will be played for a longer time."

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Ubisoft's upcoming action game Far Cry 4 will have "a lot more multiplayer" than predecessor Far Cry 3, CEO Yves Guillemot said during a post-earnings financial call today. It's all part of Ubisoft's effort to not only sell more games, but to sell more digital items for those games.

"We are working on launching games that will be played for a longer time," Guillemot said. "This will allow us to do more DLC [and] item-based sales in those games."

Ubisoft CFO Alain Martinez explained that this is no easy task, but said some publishers (without naming names) have already been able to do so successfully.

"We are moving to make games that are extended over longer periods, so in those games, we not only want to sell more [units], but we want to sell more items, more content," Martinez said. "That's one of the challenges of course, but that's what we're seeing some other players have successfully done."

Far Cry 4 was only just announced yesterday, so there's no indication yet as to the specific ways in which it's been updated and changed since 2012's Far Cry 3. Ubisoft promises to share more details on the game during its E3 2014 press conference, scheduled for 3 p.m. PDT on Monday, June 9.

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Discussion

96 comments
razor_rj
razor_rj

well mass effect 2 had tons of dlcs, some really good...so im okay with this

adupuis
adupuis

 There still belter be single player to . if not I am not buying it. I hate being force play online only

deployed_force
deployed_force

If I had to say anything about the Story mode. Is to improve story with the map. One of the interviews on youtube following Far Cry 3 called "FAR CRY 3 Living Island Interview".

The man being interviewed stated "when we drove passed the lighthouse we never stopped to visit the lighthouse. So you could go up there and maybe find a letter that could take you on whole different direction". "What we didn't show was what would happen when you jumped from the top of the lighthouse".

Anyways my point is you over exaggerated the games potential. Made it sound like every location had a story imbedded in the island. I was really looking forward to it having that kind of experience. If you did that with FAR CRY 4. I'd really say you people listened to your fans.

deployed_force
deployed_force

Just add vehicles with the same multiplayer formula as far cry 2. Still keeping the same physics from far cry 3. Touch up the graphics and audio and i'll be a happy camper.

Make your DLCs and sale plans following that plan base and you will have your sales and rep back.

ozzmarkk
ozzmarkk

Just keep Ubi Massive's hands off it!

TheWatcher000
TheWatcher000

Because, hey, gamers will riot and burn down the corporate headquarters if you don't give in to their voracious demands for more multiplayer and overpriced DLC.


"Oh, and don't worry, we'll still turn off the servers a few months after release, we just wanted you to know you COULD play it longer, if we allowed it.  $60 please."

VincentVega13
VincentVega13

I didn't like anything that this article said. Except "Far Cry 4."

mathg04
mathg04

Funny how they wrote "more multiplayer" and "more dlc" like it's a good thing...

youngzen69
youngzen69

It was a wonderful surprise when I heard about Far Cry 4 coming out this year. As a big fan of Far Cry 3 I am really looking forward to learning a lot more about Far Cry 4! 

spector000
spector000

If they keep the P2P conection, player as host, mix people with pings from 10 to 400 and no dedicated servers then they might as well not bother. 

XIntoTheBlue
XIntoTheBlue

They can add to the longevity of the game by not copying and pasting the same content all over the map as they did in FarCry 3. Besides, I rarely enjoy hybrid SP/MP games. I'd rather they specialize in one or the other.

Navardo95
Navardo95

Thats the not the best news I've heard from this game..

orktar_bunbun
orktar_bunbun

Because the slow crappy wannabe cod mess that was FC3's multiplayer was such as smash hit.

advocacy
advocacy

To hell with you and your DLC and micro-transactions.  Just focus on improving the single player content instead!

rez-935
rez-935

Will map editor be back?

clqtte
clqtte

I won't buy it. I am a hardcore single-play gamer.

Chronologo
Chronologo

Hahahaha, longevity?? They will turn Far Cry into a yearly COD like game (He doesn't say it but it's obvious, focus on MP and DLC are signs of that) and he talk about longevity. Don't make me laugh.

ooblah
ooblah

Never have I ever been more turned off by an article title. Unless there's co-op free roaming in story mode, I literally have zero patience for MP in open world games.

DefconRave
DefconRave

FFS, so many f2p mp shooters and AAA mpcentric games and u want to compete with them. mp will be dead within a month.


Concentrate on a great solo campaign, then release expansion packs for the sp, ppl will buy it if the sp is good.

postalsam
postalsam

As long as the single player is as good or better than FC3 and the editor is still there I am more than happy to see a better multiplayer as in FC3 it wasn't that bad, it just needed a bit more polish

AwkwardTurtle42
AwkwardTurtle42

When Far Cry 4 was announced I was excited about it given how well Far Cry 3 turned out. After reading this I'm just going to wait and see when it comes out. If it has microtransactions I'll just wait until it's in a sale like I do with all full retail games that have microtransactions. 

Not sure why Ubisoft is pushing multiplayer so much. If you want your game to continue to do well a while after release then make it a good one. Far Cry 3 was successful because of the single-player, not the so-so multiplayer mode I've seen in other games plenty of times. The campaign is what made it stand out compared to other FPS games. Notice how no one so far has said "Oh, another Far Cry game already?".

RoyialNetwork
RoyialNetwork

Far Cry 3 single player was amazing and the multiplayer wasn't bad to boot either. If they can do the same awesome job with single player while adding more multiplayer awesome. Although the person telling this information also said we will also get more microtransacitions and DLC...so....not holding my breath. Which is really too bad since i love the Far Cry series.

straightcur
straightcur

NOOOOOOOOO!

More online multiplayer  strike 1

More DLC                       strike 2

More microtransactions  strike 3


Ubisoft is OUT.

Sushiglutton
Sushiglutton

Doesn't have to impact SP negatively as Ubi has many studios working in parallel. Not something that sounds exciting in any way though.

roler42
roler42

And my interest for Far Cry 4 has officially died

nurnberg
nurnberg

"item-based sales"  This sounds terrible, especially for a 60$ game.  Playing video games is not going to the freaking casino.  Stop scamming players with those microtransactions please.

BelaidKL
BelaidKL

"We are working on launching games that will be played for a longer time,"  -  I liked this statement, because that's all I ever want from a game... Longevity... 


"This will allow us to do more DLC [and] item-based sales in those games." - Then I was hit with the reality that is the modern gaming industry

gokartmozart89
gokartmozart89

@adupuis Did you really just post this after Ubi just opened their E3 show with 5 mins of the campaign's opening?

TheWatcher000
TheWatcher000

@clqtte  

Ubisoft doesn't care what you think.

They know that the Call of Stupidity model is very successful with millions of zombies strong, and they want that Lemming cash.

It's the biggest money making formula there is, and it has infected the industry like a virus.

Get used to it.  It will never stop until these bloated, casual fellating companies go bankrupt, or the industry crashes and takes them to Hell with it.


I used to hope that gamers would vote with their wallets, but the casual zombiebots are just too plentiful, and they would burn down the world at the very thought of not being taken advantage of.

sanchango
sanchango

@clqtte  not hardcore enough, you commented here, you wanted someone to reply. Hardcore means you close out everyone around you and just read comments and make your own mental comments....i'm just messing with you

rez-935
rez-935

@clqtte  it will have a huge campaign open world as well

TheWatcher000
TheWatcher000

@DefconRave  

That's SO 1990's.  You have to get with the times Defcon.

Blind groupthink and opening a vein for the suits at the top is the way to go.  You are nothing more than a blood bag to be used as a bio organic ATM, so stop acting like you're such a special snowflake.


Dumbed down, soulless games are the way of the future, and you'd better get used to it.

Get in line soldier, and get your lemming on, STAT.

Naberios
Naberios

@chev77588  I've played every Far Cry game (with the exception of Instinct) and I'm not too happy about their apparent focus on micro-transactions and MP add-ons/dlc....  I can't say what's best for the franchise, but I can say what's best for me as a gamer.  And being nickel 'n dimed like what could be in the works after reading this article is NOT what is best for my enjoyment of the game.

roler42
roler42

@Sushiglutton  In the long run, no matter how many studios you have, forcing multiplayer into a singleplayer title ultimately hurts the product as a whole

TheWatcher000
TheWatcher000

@Naberios @chev77588 

What's best for you as a gamer is not only what's best for the franchise, it's what's best for gaming.

Don't be afraid to show some conviction about it.


AwkwardTurtle42
AwkwardTurtle42

@chev77588 @AwkwardTurtle42 

Sorry, but it's not up to you to decide who is or isn't a fan of something. I play the Far Cry series for the campaign and have done since it became available on PS3. I'm not into multiplayer and don't like microtransactions. This is my opinion. I didn't claim it as fact or anything. 

Naberios
Naberios

@chev77588 And you're ranting about other players Far Cry fan credibility?  After reading a handful of your comments, I think it's your opinion that holds the least amount of water with the "fans of the series".


  The first game was pretty amazing, until the awkward mutant outbreak.  The second game was decent, but the overall lack of variety in the terrain caused it to drag out for me in the end.  From beginning to end, Far Cry 3 was (for me) the most enjoyable game in the series.  And while the co-op could have been developed to a much higher standard, I did enjoy being able to go through a little mini-campaign with my friends.

TheWatcher000
TheWatcher000

@chev77588 @straightcur 

Hey, look, it's another "multiplayer first" lemming who thinks his dogma is what's best for gaming.


Sushiglutton
Sushiglutton

@roler42 @Sushiglutton  Disagree. Uncharted 2 was in no way worse than Uncharted 1. Games like Red Dead, GTA V and TLOU don't seem to be negatively affected by their MP-component at all. 


Ofc for smaller studios it can do great damage when publishers force them to include MP (like Spec Ops the Line). In Ubi's case they have as many people to work on the game as they need.

TheWatcher000
TheWatcher000

@chev77588 @AwkwardTurtle42

Please, stop talking.  For you to sit there and say that because someone does not like all the multiplayer in the new Far Cry has no credibility, makes YOU the one with no credibility.

Multiplayer, while very rich and rewarding in the 1990's shooters, was STILL just nothing more than a great bonus and addition to an amazing single-player experience, which is usually what drew people to the game in the first place.  

The Multiplayer First BS didn't infect gaming until the past few years, and you sound EXACTLY like one of those stupid lemmings from the CoD camp.

Map making is very important to Far Cry fans, but to say those who are more hardcore on the SP is simply stupid and childish.

Besides, this isn't the early 2000's, and it's FAR more because of the Call Of Duty model that Ubi$oft is doing this, instead of the enchanted reasons you think so.  They know there are plenty of lemmings who will open their veins and their wallets like programmed suckers, and that's what this is about.

Yes, because we don't want to be microtransactioned to death and have more overpriced tacked on DLC vomited all over us, we have no credibility.

Get over yourself.

gokartmozart89
gokartmozart89

@chev77588 @AwkwardTurtle42  Don't act like you need to be a fan of FarCry 1 to be a true fan of the series. It's come a long way since Crytek was making it, and each game in the series has been different from the last. The one common thread throughout the history of the series has been excellent (if frustrating in the case of 2 and the dorky mutants in 1) campaigns. That's why so many people are skeptical of these statements about DLC and MP. Map editors can only do so much if the MP game still feels and plays like a CoD clone. The DLC can be great if it were true expansion packs with new story content. The market is simply flooded with MP-focused shooters, and the strength of Farcry's SP attracts shooter fans that don't necessarily want competitive MP.