Far Cry 4: Ubisoft Pleasantly Surprised by Fan Reaction to Elephants

"We knew we had something cool with the elephant, but it's caught us by surprise just how excited people are..."

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Developer Ubisoft Montreal was pleasantly surprised by the positive fan reaction to Far Cry 4's elephants, which players can not only ride, but also use as a weapon. Level design director Mark Thompson says controllable elephants are the latest example of how Ubisoft is pushing gameplay forward with Far Cry 4.

"We knew we had something cool with the elephant, but it's caught us by surprise just how excited people are by the prospect of the elephant," Thompson told GameSpot at E3.

"The fact that it's part vehicle, part weapon … and it's just generating so many more player stories than we thought, he added. "It's great to see just how excited people get when they get hands on with that elephant."

To ride elephants in Far Cry 4, you need to unlock a special skill. But once you do that, you're given full control of the pachyderm, and are able to sprint and perform a mighty melee attack with the animal's trunk. During a demo at E3, GameSpot editor Daniel Hindes used this melee attack to secure an outpost, and you can read more of his impressions right here.

Far Cry 4 launches November 18 for Xbox 360, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, and PC. Earlier this week, Ubisoft introduced players to the game's protagonist, Ajay Ghale.

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kevinwarmerdam

i love those eliphants

you can pre order this game really cheap on g2a

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Cynicritic

I've been riding large animals in gaming since Turok 2 on the N64... What else have Ubisoft got?

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gohan661

how exactly is statement true "controllable elephants are the latest example of how Ubisoft is pushing gameplay forward" this It's just elephants! Yes it's cool and will be fun and all but... it's not pushing anything forward, except maybe their wallets.

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Cryptic_Shadow

i want to ride a tiger. do that ubi and i'll be even more excited.

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VakarianGirl

Why on earth does this surprise them??!? Elephants?!!! #awesomesauce

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Hurvl

Okay, let's discuss the elephant in the room: It's awesome!

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arqe

Still better than a "loyal dog" and "smart fish".

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Jedilink109

Dude, elephants are awesome yo. Duh.

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DoomerDGR8

They could go this far for elephants but couldn't have females in AC5? I bet all elephants are male as female elephants would increase cost and prove hard to make. Women are to understand but Ubi just gave up too soon.

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DawnBlue

<< LINK REMOVED >> Why do they need to have females in AC5? I'm just curious to know any reason there might be, since there really can't be any sensible one...

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DoomerDGR8

<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> All the reason they need to have elephants in FC4. If they had said what you just said, it would've made more sense. They said didn't have women as they are hard and expensive. I'm going to pick on this as much as I can.

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Jedilink109

<< LINK REMOVED >> It's not the same team making both games dude.

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DoomerDGR8

<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> I know but the technologies are shared dude... Elephants v1.0 RTM vs Females v0.0.1 Alpha Pre Release

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RenegadesXG

Thanks to Watch Dogs ill make sure to not pre order this game and if I do decide to buy it after launch then it sure wont be on pc....

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Cynicritic

<< LINK REMOVED >> See this Ubisoft? The people are beginning to awaken.

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Cynicritic

The casual peasants are so easy to please.

They added Elephants. Big ####### deal!

Does this game have a dynamic weather and day/night system? Reflections in water? Stable framerate and no screen tear ruining the entire experience?

Cos FC3 sure as Hell didn't!

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legendofzub

<< LINK REMOVED >> "We have elephants you can ride!" *everyone loses their minds*
Me: wat. Is that really a feature to be proud of? I mean, it's better than the magical wingsuit that doesn't impede you walking around, but really?

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shahdeewasahoe

Elephants Cry 4

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Evanduil

I CANNOT wait for PETA jump all over this. It's gonna be hilarious.

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MonkeyFritz

<< LINK REMOVED >> Honestly not surprised if that is the only reason they are in the game. You cannot pay for that kind of exposure when your game gets broadcasted and demonized around the world in every media outlet. Whenever that happens, the game sells millions of copies.

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Cynicritic

<< LINK REMOVED >> First thing I will do if the game turns out to be worthy of my time is savagely slay an innocent Elephant in the name of PETA.

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jk12324

First piece of DLC announced: Elephant Armour

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mattcake

Elephants in Assassins Creed Unity confirmed.

As it's Ubisoft, masters of generic gameplay, shouldn't there also be the option to ride the lightweight, fast but fragile cheetah, and a midrange quite fast, quite tough animal like... I dunno, a gorilla pulling a rickshaw.

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Frozenuxx

Aww shame asian elephants are smaller than their African cousins...

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shingui5

"Well it's the only thing we actually added to FarCry, so we're happy you like it!"

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Roanark

<< LINK REMOVED >> Not really. It's pretty much like the Blood Dragons but rideable.

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santinegrete

Good for you Ubi, now kill Uplay.

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Thretosix

How about Ubisoft explains the E3 bait and switch of Watch Dogs... This game will likely not even have elephants in the final version. Replaced by low textured hippos with trunks edited on. The elephants will still be in the PC version of the game install, then someone will mod them in after the fact.

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handofkain

<< LINK REMOVED >> I think we'd be in luck if they managed to put dogs in it lol, especially bulldogs

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jk12324

<< LINK REMOVED >> It happens in a lot of games, even GTA V wasn't exactly what was shown in the reveal trailer (although it seems the next gen versions have managed to reach that).

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Frozenuxx

@Thretosix

Games when it comes to E3 are pretty much like food commercials. What you see on TV can be far away from what you get in reality. You see those hot blondes serving and eating a delicious looking cheese burger in the commercial. You go get one, only to be greeted in reality by an old Mexican lady putting a "tragedy" in your plate lol

If it's too good to be true, I assume by default that they are full of sht gameplay or visuals wise, so i won't get disappointed down the line.

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Veenox

My friend was the player 1 during the Sony Press Conference! Big thumbs up << LINK REMOVED >>

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mortalsaw

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spartanx169x

Elephant Simulator coming in 2015!

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hitomo

the game must be shi.t if this is news

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spartanx169x

<< LINK REMOVED >> You gotta admit though, an elephant is more entertaining than a dog.

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handofkain

<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> well it's at least more entertaining than the eagles they had all over the place (AC series reference)

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NothingForMoney

<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> Dunno... one of them cannot sit on your lap

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spartanx169x

<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> Oh they can, but you just might not like the result.. :D

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NothingForMoney

@spartanx169x @nothingformoney @hitomo Yea. One of them sit on me then took a dump on my lap. Disgusting

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berserker66666

Been there, Skyrim's Mammoths did that better.

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NothingForMoney

<< LINK REMOVED >> Especially on PC

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mortalsaw

<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> with sexlab mod


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Too-DementeD

Take THAT, realistic Fish AI.