Ubisoft are undoubtedly one of the most exciting video games developers around at the moment. Not only have they just had several successes in the form of games like Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag and [Watch Dogs](movie:1000357), but they have some of the most anticipated upcoming games, such as Assassin's Creed Unity and the extremely impressive looking Tom Clancy's The Division.
And Ubisoft show no signs of slowing down. This November, they will release [Far Cry](movie:1000355) 4, for the next gen consoles, the PC, PS3 and Xbox 360.
So what do we know about the game?
Far Cry 4: The Plot
Far Cry 4 is set in the Himalayas, in the fictional region of Kyrat. You play Ajay Ghale, a young man who has travelled to the region in order to fulfill his mother's dying wish and scatter her ashes over the mountains.
Kyrat is a beautiful region, with incredible wildlife and tradition, but it is also extremely violent. Early in the game, we meet the dictator Pagan Min (who looks like a psychopathic Neymar Jr, for anyone who watched the World Cup). At first, Pagan Min is friendly to our main character, but he is always insane, and before long we are on the front line in the area's bitter civil war.
As ever with Far Cry, the events get out of control, and you are forced in a situation where it is up to you to single-handedly restore order to this part of the world.
Take a look at the first five minutes of the game here:
So What's New In Far Cry 4?
The new addition that has received the most attention so far are the rideable elephants. And they do look awesome. In fact, the elephants are not the only animal you can use to your advantage, there will rhinos, honey badgers, ox and many more animals which you can bait, lure towards enemies, ride and generally use to your advantage.
But there are many other changes, too. As the demo showed, Far Cry will be very much about how you choose to interact with your environment. Want to charge that outpost with an elephant and a rocket launcher? Go ahead! Prefer to sneak up on it? That's fine, too. Your skill tree will develop in line with how you play the game.
And the outpost system has also been modified. There are now, along with the outposts, Fortresses which scatter the landscape. You can subdue an outpost, but there will be retaliations on it until you deal with the bigger and more heavily defended nearby fortress.
Weapons, Vehicles, Gameplay
Far Cry wouldn't be Far Cry without a bunch of weapons to help you run around dealing damage wherever you go. And Far Cry 4 doesn't disappoint on this front. There are automatic crossbows, C4, silenced snipers rifles as well as a new and interesting series of knives that will help you get out of every sticky situation you find yourself in.
As for vehicles, the demo revealed the gyrocopter, and we know that we will see the usual array of jeeps, buses, trucks and, of course, the hang glider for which Far cry is so famous. More vehicles are expected to be released, but we do know we will see the return of the wing suit, meaning players will be able to jump from a mountain peak, and soar across the valleys and ravines almost unhindered.
And the mountainous environment of Far Cry 4 is one of its defining characteristics. Being set in the Himalayas, developers have spoken of this being a uniquely vertical landscape. Gamers will need to interact with the landscape in a new and challenging way. And one weapon will be key to this, the grappling hook.
The grappling hook is both a weapon and, to some extent, a vehicle. This tool will allow you to sneak into fortresses and outposts, or escape from them, as you please - as well as taking out a few unsuspecting sentries.
Xbox One or PS4?
For fans wondering which console is better for playing Far Cry 4, Sony have managed to pull off quite a coup. One element of Far Cry 4 will be it's co-op mode, where gamers can team up and hone their sneaking, hunting or general killing skills with their friends. And, if you and your friends both have a PS4, then they won't even need to have bought the game!
For the first time, Ubisoft have developed a system with Far Cry 4 where you can send out up to 10 invites, allowing different friends to play along side you in co-op mode. They won't have access to the whole game, of course, but it will you can explore the landscape, one on an elephant, the other above in the gyrocopter, blasting away at bad guys to your heart's content.
So what do you think about Far Cry 4? Will you get it for the Xbox One, or the PS4? Write in with your thoughts below the line!