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Ubisoft Reveals Far Cry 3 Mod for Minecraft

Now here's an interesting twist: Ubisoft indicated on Tuesday that it has endorsed a special map and texture pack for Mojang's hit indie PC game, Minecraft. The mod was inspired by the Far Cry 3 universe, and will be available on Windows 8 Day (October 26) as a free download on the Far Cry website.

"This pack allows users to explore and survive the Minecraft experience through the warped lens of Far Cry 3, with modifications to all aspects of the original game, including environments, weapons and tools," Ubisoft said. "Discover key Far Cry 3 locations and characters, including Vaas, Jason and Citra, all completely redesigned in Minecraft style."

The map was created by Minecraft enthusiast Michael Lambert (Sacr3, creator of Newcraft City), and artists Axel Janssen and Yohann Delcourt contributed the textures. The new Minecraft mod will even include over 50 Easter Eggs, hidden throughout the Islands.

Last week brought reports of Crafting Azeroth, a massive unofficial project that aims to bring the entire landscape of World of Warcraft into Minecraft. The first beta has been released, weighing 2.17 GB as a zip file and 24 GB unzipped. Minecraft modder Rumsey said the map was created using custom software that can convert Blizzard's MMORPG into blocks.

"I've marked this as a beta release, meaning that additional updates / fixes may come in the future," Rumsey writes. "As much as is possible, I will try to release these changes in the form of a patch that will only modify the blocks that need to be updated. This means you can start working on the map right away, without worrying about your changes being wiped out by a later update."

Could Minecraft be used as a marketing tool? As Ubisoft has discovered, there are plenty of opportunities to create custom Minecraft content to promote a product similar to the way publishers use Sony's PlayStation Home to establish explorable, branded areas. Given Minecraft's insane popularity, publishers could reach the casual PC gamer who otherwise may not have given their premium game a second glance.

As for Ubisoft's Far Cry 3, the shooter is scheduled to release for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and Windows PC on November 29, 2012 across EMEA and on December 4, 2012 in North America.

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  • friskiest
    The machete or whatever it is now looks like a torturing saw.. yikes
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  • echondo
    Sorry, but since this is Ubisoft we're talking about here, I don't condone anything they do. Us PC gamers are fed up with Ubisoft, maybe they'll turn things around with FC3. Loved number 2 and number 1 was great.

    Ubisoft, I'm watching you.
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  • Pennanen
    echondoSorry, but since this is Ubisoft we're talking about here, I don't condone anything they do. Us PC gamers are fed up with Ubisoft, maybe they'll turn things around with FC3. Loved number 2 and number 1 was great.Ubisoft, I'm watching you.Always online required, limited installs and uplay crap.

    Ive said before and ill say it again. If ubisoft treats its customers like enemies, might aswell just be that enemy and aquire their games other ways than buying.
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  • johnsmithhatesVLC
    That doesn't even look close to minecraft. Looks like a mod for Far Cry 3...
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  • magicandy
    Did both of you completely miss the news a few weeks ago where Ubisoft officially ditched their always online DRM and apologized for having it in the first place? I look at them in a much better light now thanks to this,. They finally addressed what everyone was telling them was wrong with their approach and promised to never use always online DRM again. It's EA and Blizzard that are the current always-online enemies guys.
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  • zakkenayo
    Ubisoft Reveals Minecraft Mod for Far Cry 3. Fixed *
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  • dormantreign
    Yeah, Ubisoft went the way of the fans the other week. No ALWAYS ONLINE Drm and stuff. I like them now.
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  • johnners2981
    PennanenAlways online required, limited installs and uplay crap.Ive said before and ill say it again. If ubisoft treats its customers like enemies, might aswell just be that enemy and aquire their games other ways than buying.
    I thought ubisoft got rid of their drm recently
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  • CrArC
    zakkenayoUbisoft Reveals Minecraft Mod for Far Cry 3. Fixed *
    This article is irritatingly ambiguous on which game is being modified. I guess these pics are photoshopped rubbish and not actually from the mod either, seeing as you don't need 2GB of mod just to make a few weapons look square, and if you did, then this is already pathetic.

    And yes, much better title.
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  • mykebrian
    is this a mod for far cry or minecraft? it doesn't look blocky to me
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