Far Cry officially announced

Ubi Soft announces a late 2003 release for this first-person shooter. First screens inside.

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Ubi Soft today announced that Far Cry, a first-person shooter that started life as a tech demo for the GeForce3, is scheduled for worldwide release in late 2003. The game is being developed by the Germany-based studio Crytek, and it was previously known by the working title X-Isle.

"With Far Cry, Crytek will enter into a new dimension of the FPS genre," said Faruk Yerli, chief marketing officer at Crytek. "With more tactical elements and far advanced AI, Far Cry will give the player a total new feeling of gameplay."

In Far Cry, players assume the role of a character that Ubi Soft describes as an "unlikely hero" who is stranded on a group of beautiful Polynesian islands after being abducted. The enemies in the game will be highly trained and heavily armed, and Crytek claims that its "CryEngine" is capable of delivering advanced enemy team AI. We'll post more information on the game as it becomes available. In the meantime, check out today's screenshots and our movies of the game in action at E3.

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