Ubisoft Far Crying to Xbox 360, PS3

Publisher's Montreal studio creating console, PC editions of sequel to Crytek's original tropical shooter in fiscal 2009.

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In August, game rental outfit GameFly broadcast Ubisoft's covert battle plans for Far Cry 2 over open airways. Though announced exclusively for the PC in July, the open-world shooter would apparently also be coming to the Xbox 360. Thunder stolen, Ubisoft today officially announced Far Cry 2 for the Xbox 360 and revealed that a PlayStation 3 edition was in the works as well.

Leaving behind the lush, tropical environments of its predecessor, Far Cry 2 travels to the strife-ridden continent of Africa, where players attempt to assassinate an international arms dealer as one of 12 unique mercenaries.

As noted in GameSpot's preview of the game from last year's Games Convention in Leipzig, Germany, Ubisoft's Montreal studio has built Far Cry 2's engine from the ground up. The game features reactive gameplay elements that respond to the player's actions and an organic environment that seeks to heavily utilize lifelike physics.

Originally developed by Crytek, the Far Cry license was picked up in full by Ubisoft in March 2006. The move followed Crytek's long-term publishing deal with Ubisoft archrival and part owner Electronic Arts in 2004, which has thus far spawned the well-received PC shooter Crysis.

Along with Tom Clancy's EndWar and Brothers in Arms Hell's Highway for the PC, PS3, and Xbox 360, Ubisoft last month delayed Far Cry 2 to a broad fiscal year 2009 release date, which runs from April 1, 2008, to March 31, 2009.

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