The studio shares its thoughts about the power of the new consoles
Ubisoft has shared some details about Far Cry 4 and how it handles on the new consoles, the PS4 and Xbox One, even going so far as to confirm that the game will look like the PC version on Ultra High quality settings.Far Cry 4 was revealed to the world last month and, at E3 2014 last week, Ubisoft finally presented some gameplay footage with the gorgeous first-person shooter, showing off the stunning visuals, the new environment of Kyrat in the Himalaya mountains, not to mention the various enemies and animals.
As opposed to Far Cry 3, which came out in 2012, Far Cry 4 will debut on the PS4 and Xbox One, besides the PC, PS3, and Xbox 360.
While talking in the latest Major Nelson podcast, Ubisoft's Alex Hutchinson has gone in-depth about the differences between the game's current-gen and last-gen editions.
First up, the creative director said his team wanted Far Cry 4 to play the same on all platforms, but at the same time, it also wants to show off the game's beauty on PC, PS4, or Xbox One.
"We want the gameplay experience to be the same on all platforms so we're leaning on technical differences. Everything you see, whether it’s the fur on the animals, the grass on the ground or the leaves on the trees. All these things are bumped up a huge amount in the next gen version," he said.
Hutchinson has also mentioned that Far Cry 4 is developed primarily on PC, unlike other Ubisoft games, i.e. Assassin's Creed. However, on the PS4 and Xbox One, the studio was able to get it running at ultra high quality immediately.
"We develop on PC primarily, which is actually unusual. With Assassin’s Creed, we develop on console, so we start at that and we push the boundary of the console as hard as we can. But because we develop on PC, you’ve never really seen on console the ultra-high PC version before.
"So even out of the box, even day one, we just stuck the code on the new consoles and we were able to dial it all the way up. So as a console player you’re already getting by far the best version we can ship."
Far Cry 4 is set to debut this November on PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, and Xbox One platforms and you can bet that Ubisoft will show off the game in action until then through videos and screenshots.