Ubisoft details 'critical' day-one Far Cry 3 PC patch

Patch 1.01 fixes range of multiplayer, co-op, PVP, map editor, and single-player issues with new action-shooter.

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When the PC version of Far Cry 3 launches this week in Europe and next week in North America, players will need to download a "critical" patch to fix a number of issues with Ubisoft's new action-shooter. Patch 1.01 fixes a range of bugs across the game's single- and multiplayer modes, and more.

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The update brings improved stability and performance to Far Cry 3's multiplayer mode, as well as added options to the game's online leaderboards. In addition, the patch fixes a voice chat issue that would mute players by default.

Concerning the game's cooperative mode, patch 1.01 for Far Cry 3 fixes graphical issues on loading screen hints and issues that would prevent maps from showing up the first time a user enters Public co-op. Additionally, the patch makes it so flare gun kills are not considered assist kills and that "health regeneration option no longer has inverted functionality."

Lastly, Far Cry 3's day-one patch for PC adds improved stability and performance for the game's single-player campaign and fixes issues related to "flickering" on certain water textures. Additionally, the update adds a new sound when players zoom in and out of the camera with the mouse scroll button.

For the full Far Cry 3 patch 1.01 notes, check out the official Far Cry 3 website. It is not clear if the same patch will be released for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 versions of the game. A Ubisoft representative was not immediately available to comment.

Far Cry 3 will cast players as Jason Brody, a man stranded on a strange tropical island similar to the setting of the first Far Cry. Gamers will head out into this "savage paradise" and "slash, sneak, and shoot" to survive in a world that has "lost all sense of morality."

The game was originally targeted to launch in September, but was delayed to December 4 in North America over the summer. It is due out across Europe this week. For more on Far Cry 3, check out GameSpot's previous coverage.

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