Ubisoft not fearful of launching Far Cry 3 near Call of Duty

Brand manager claims the Far Cry series has "always been a little bit off the map," and this will draw users to it.

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Ubisoft is not fazed by the fact that Far Cry 3 launches just three weeks after Activision's Call of Duty: Black Ops II. Speaking to MCV, Ubisoft brand manager Henri Guay claimed that the Far Cry series has always been "different," and this novelty will draw gamers to it.

“Far Cry has always been a little bit off the map in terms of the offer that it gives,” Guay said. “People are going to continue to play Call of Duty and people are going to look for experiences that give them something a little bit different. We feel we’re in a comfortable spot.”

Far Cry 3 was originally intended to launch in early September, but was pushed back to November 29 in Europe and December 4 in the United States to give the team more time to polish the experience. Not only will Far Cry 3 launch near Black Ops II, but also Halo 4, which arrives November 6.

Discussion

176 comments
midway_nights
midway_nights

Even if all three games released on the same date, i would still pick far cry 3.

Shep66
Shep66

I'm getting mentally prepared for some tropical madness, if I can put BF3 & Borderlands 2 down for a minute...

RondoMachete
RondoMachete

Far cry 3 is a stand out game that should have no problem holding its own after the release of black ops 2,it's like 3 weeks after and everyone who's gonna get black ops gets it ASAP after relase day,I'm getting both but I must admit I'm going all out on FC3 once I get my hands on it... I love them all but there's something about this one that's blowing my head it looks that awesome...

metalkid9
metalkid9

hey gamespot, you should just stick to game news. Don't involve yourselves in game publisher's marketing strategies. You guys make it sound like every single gamer is gonna buy COD. So just to help you sleep at night (since you're so worried about Far Cry 3 not selling enough because of Call of Duty) I'm gonna be buying both games. THere! I hope that makes you feel a bit better!

sune_Gem
sune_Gem

I'm starting to feel that the CoD is dying down at last. I'm probably going to eat those words when it breaks sales records again, but most the people I know who were die hard fans haven't touched it in ages and tell me they have no interest in buying it again.

vault-boy
vault-boy

On the PC Far Cry will outsell the shit out of CoD. On the consoles, CoD will destroy Far Cry. In the end, CoD will probably sell at least twice as much but FC3 will still make a good profit (most likely).

thenephariouson
thenephariouson

From AC, to GR, to SC to SC, BG&E right through to Watchdogs, Ubi have always been one of my favourite Devs.

 

Although the next CoD update may sell more, im more than sure Farcry 3 will sell bucket loads.

 

nick280455
nick280455

dont even worry ubisoft im not even gonna buy black ops 2, im going straight to far cry 3.

uncfan21
uncfan21

Is this a good game to buy??

ruhul612
ruhul612

CoD will sell more. FC3 will be better in every way.

irwin88
irwin88

Ubisoft like "Come at me Bro..!!"

LimeDudeZ
LimeDudeZ

Who gives a shit about Call of Duty Black Coks 2, Far Cry 3 will be a thousand times better than CoD and I can bet on that!!!

GamerOuTLaWz
GamerOuTLaWz

dear god no dont be. My money is already ready to get my PC version of farcry3 while Black ops may go to hell BF3 FTW

oldschoolvandal
oldschoolvandal

Between COD and Halo....definetely getting Far Cry first (and probably only)....but it's kind of  sad to see another holiday season dominated by FPSs.

Leonagard
Leonagard

why did  they fear a "war simulator" without innovation nor imaginative content? maybe FC3 hook me back to FPS after a decade.... maybe...

warhawk-geeby
warhawk-geeby

I would love it if Ubisoft smashed EA's back doors in personally.

 

FarCry all the way!!

HaloPimp978
HaloPimp978

I plan on playing Black Ops 2 but I'm more excited for Far Cry 3 because its a different game and plus I love the series.

ilantis
ilantis

It would be cool if Gamespot published some pools in the main page for articles like this, so that a rough estimation could be made of who on GS gets the game despite of 3 other AAA titles coming all togheter and who doesn't.

TheGreyArea
TheGreyArea

THIS IS WHAT I LIKE TO READ!!! a studio with a pair big enough not to be intimidated by the mainstream monopoly in this seasonal release schedule. Borderlands did it a few years back, and practically creamed the opposition (as far as innovation goes at least). I have a sneaking feeling this game may well rank highly not just in sales, but for the alternatives it offers in it's content as a shooter. first day purchase. cannot wait. 

genjuroT
genjuroT

Can anyone tell me if there will be a lot more weapons or unlockables in this one? loved the last one but there seemed to be lacking in 'rewards' for completing missions and stuff. Just want a ton more weapons.

GWA17
GWA17

I definitely will be getting this I want it more than Call of Duty, because this is the type of game I like has more variety than games like COD.

Scorpion1813
Scorpion1813

At least FC3 is trying new things. It's the only FPS that has even remotely interested me this year. It's a shame it won't get the recognition it deserves and CoD will sell purely on brand name.

Venom_Raptor
Venom_Raptor

I wouldn't worry if I was them anyway, Far Cry 3 isn't suitable for kids, and it'll take a bit more skill to play.

PandaTrueno86
PandaTrueno86

In my response to this whole COD/Halo/Far Cry 3 debate...I'll just pick up whatever is most fun to play...which I'm sure will be all 3.

Simplythebest12
Simplythebest12

I do not care about COD i am sick tired with Militaristic FPS games hunting terrorists etc etc. I would take Farcry 3 over COD anytime...

JOKER677
JOKER677

He's right, they'll be bored of the same experience after about 4 weeks and look for a new game to pick up for Christmas.

SIDEFX1
SIDEFX1

COD is not even worth mentioning atm..

bongsyas_23
bongsyas_23

the haters are probably gonna buy COD anyway lol

ZOD777
ZOD777

Open world vs on rails...hmmm.  Some of the action sequences are cool in COD, but you get to create your own Michael Bay moments in Far Cry 3.  Scripted vs unique.  Those two aspects alone make it an easy decision which one I am picking up.  I will miss out on the zombie modes, but there will be more than enough to do in FC3 to keep me entertained this holiday season.

Rattlesnake_8
Rattlesnake_8

I'd rather play Far Cry 3 than COD.. it's refreshing and actually adds something to the genre.

cellbuster
cellbuster

 @sune_Gem It has to soon.  Once hardware updates, they can revise the engine while still keeping the 60fps benchmark.  But I don't think die hard fan is the right term to use here, the fan base is just being divided.  Take Final Fantasy for example, its a series that has gone through so many innovations, revisions and titles that the fan base usually just comes and goes, everyone finds their favorites eventually.

 

As for the what the article addresses, saying CoD will not be anything spectacular is one thing, but not acknowledging that it will be spectacularly successful is another.  Developers really have to be confident in their game if they are going to throw their game up so close.

cjf187x
cjf187x

 @oldschoolvandal Yeah I agree.  Far Cry has definitely been on my list for some time as was Dishonored, Hitman and Sleeping Dogs.  I guess the good thing is that the [good[ games that came out prior to the holiday season will be cheaper during the holidays and Black Friday.

vault-boy
vault-boy

 @warhawk-geeby You do understand that Ubisoft isn't much better than EA when it comes to publishing... right? They both make great games but sell them in the douchiest ways possible. 

austin3324
austin3324

 @Venatorcruiser from current information, Jason is not a pilot and will not know how to fly (via official twitter page)

jagcivtec
jagcivtec

 @genjuroT No weapons coming apart in the middle of  firefight this time, and I hope you can combine weapons differently because in FC2 it was impossible to make a decent combination of weapons because of the slot assignment each weapon had.   Same mistake many games make, like not allowing you to carry a rifle and RPG at the same time.  

Scorpion1813
Scorpion1813

 @genjuroT

From the official website:

 

"39 different weapons - Each weapon is customizable with hundreds of devastating mods."

Scorpion1813
Scorpion1813

 @Venom_Raptor And has a single-player worth playing (which actually lasts longer than the average movie).

Scorpion1813
Scorpion1813

 @Simplythebest12

A "game" about "hunting terrorists"? I thought CoD was just a movie about explosions and random gun-fights.

Scorpion1813
Scorpion1813

 @bongsyas_23 

Only CoD game I've ever played was CoD4 - and only tried it because it WASN'T a WW2 gameand Rainbow Six hasn't been worth mentioning since Ubisoft took over.

 

The lastest CoD will just be CoD 4.6

Scorpion1813
Scorpion1813

 @ZOD777 

There's no shortage of zombie games/movies... and you might as well just watch a movie instead of "playing" CoD.

Scorpion1813
Scorpion1813

 @NaturalDisplay People don't buy CoD based on how good it is. They buy it because of brand power. The casual market doesn't know any better so they just buy what is known. CoD is well-known (but not in a positive way).

Scorpion1813
Scorpion1813

 @jagcivtec  @genjuroT 

They have an upgradable inventory system. Not exactly sure how this will effect the types/amount of weapons you can carry, but sounds like an improvement at least.

NaturalDisplay
NaturalDisplay

 @Scorpion1813 Sorry, I should have been more clear. I meant Far Cry 3 will still sell copies even though its in the same release window as CoD because it will be a great game.

 

I think its a bit unfair to say CoD is not a good game. I have enjoyed CoD: MW, WaW and MW2 immensely. I think the problem with CoD is that it has become stagnant with yearly releases.

austin3324
austin3324

@Venatorcruiser yeah but maybe one of the coop characters will know how to fly :) also i hope they deicide to put in a open world coop dlc

xDeadMarchx
xDeadMarchx

 @NaturalDisplay  @Scorpion1813  Which is actually perfectly fine if you've never played the previous cod games, or if you barely played them, which is their target audience.

Scorpion1813
Scorpion1813

 @NaturalDisplay Sorry, I just assumed there.

 

Even though CoD may be a good game, it's still overrated and there are better games out there.