To really make a player enjoy their time in an open world game it’s important the developers include interesting immersive side missions and quests to keep the players attention and make them want to explore the world around them. Far Cry 3 nailed this and when it comes to Far Cry 4, Ubisoft are aiming to make it even better.
“We take the same basics as Far Cry 3,” said Mark Thompson, the narrative director, whilst talking to Game On. “We have towers, outposts, we obviously still have the same ecosystem for hunting. Like in Far Cry 3, all of that stuff is inward facing in terms of the progression.”
“Everything you do in the open-world feeds into the player-progression, so there’s a natural motivation and reward for everything you do. You need better equipment so you hunt for animals; you need more XP to get better skills to take on the harder outposts.”
“We know that formula works and it’s pretty powerful,” Added Thompson.
But Ubisoft aren’t just resting on their laurels.
“We wanted to keep that sacred,” he stressed, “but also add new side quests and new opportunities.”
The hunting system has been made more realistic and rewards players who kill animals cleanly.
“We refined the hunting system. In Far Cry 3, you could hunt with an RPG and you could hunt with grenades,” said Thompson, smirking, “which when you think about it logically it’s weird because the hide from a deer would not be intact after a RPG hit it.
“We’ve refined the hunting system to promote and reward more careful hunting. If you were want to get immersed in hunting, you can go with the bow, craft the right potions or sneak up on the deer and take a headshot, allowing you to get the good hide and craft the materials.”
Players will need to hunt animals and use their skins to increase their weapon pouches, loot bags, and wallet.
“We you start the game, you can only carry one weapon, you can’t carry much ammunition and you only have a certain sized loot bag. All of that stuff pushes you to go in the open-world and hunt for the right animals and find the right materials so you can craft the upgrades.”
Far Cry 3 was a joy to explore and it looks like Far Cry 4 is shaping up to be even better.