Far Cry 2 is an upcoming first person shooter published by Ubisoft and is the sequel to Far Cry. Crytek, developers of the original game, are not involved in the development of Far Cry 2.
The game will be entirely open-ended and non-linear. Instead of using individual maps, the game will take place in a sprawling nondescript land in Africa, with terrain ranging from wild savannah to dense jungle. The two areas of gameplay will be around 50km2 in size. Some members of the Ubisoft Montreal team spent 2 weeks in several locations in Africa filming and photographing native wildlife. The team will use the animal footage and environment photos to create an extremely realistic environment.
The protagonist of previous Far Cry games, Jack Carver, will not be featured in this game. When Ubisoft interviewed players about the original Far Cry in their research for this game, the interviewees didn't find the character very memorable or likeable. As a result, in the sequel the player will be able to choose from around 9 different characters to play, each with a unique look and back story. All of the playable characters will be different types of mercenaries. The characters the player does not choose to play will become in-game characters who are friends of the player's character.
The goal of the player's character will be to find and assassinate 'The Jackal', an arms dealer that has been selling weapons to both sides of the conflict that's tearing apart a small country. The way this is done, however is entirely up to the player, being possible to ally with anyone he/she chooses.
Various factions and vehicles will be featured; enemies will include human mercenaries, but sci-fi creatures such as the mutants from Far Cry will not be featured. Furthermore, the player's feral abilities introduced in Far Cry Instincts and its expansions will not be returning in Far Cry 2. A dynamic weather system has been added that varies the weather based on the players ability - if the player is doing exceptionally well the sky will be clear and sunny, but if problems arise the sky will become dark and stormy.
The game's producer, Louis-Pierre Pharand, says that the single player will "potentially have close to 50 hours of game play."
Far Cry 2 will feature 14 different multiplayer maps with a wide variety of different environments.
There are 4 multiplayer modes in total. These modes are:
DEATHMATCH - your standard free-for-all
TEAM DEATHMATCH - does what it says on the tin
CAPTURE THE DIAMOND - essentially capture the flag
UPRISING - There is speculation that this is going to be similar to the timed 'Assault' mode that was on the original Far Cry on PC
THE DUNIA ENGINE:
Ubisoft has developed a new engine specifically for Far Cry 2, called Dunia, meaning 'world' or 'earth' in many languages including Persian, Hindi, Urdu, Punjabi, Arabic, Marathi, Bengali, Swahili, Assyrian, Indonesian and Malay. The engine will take advantage of multi-core processors and support DirectX 9 as well as DirectX 10. Only 2 or 3 percent of the original CryENGINE code is being re-used, according to Michiel Verheijdt, Senior Product Manager for Ubisoft Netherlands.
Far Cry 2 will also support the Ambx-technology from Philips. With the proper hardware, this adds effects like vibrations, ambient coloured lights, and fans that generate wind effects. The agreement will also see an amBX patch being released for the original Far Cry.
Far Cry 2 is scheduled for release fall 2008
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