On Monday Ubisoft announced that Far Cry 3 will be released on November 29 in Europe and on December 4 in the U.S. for the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and Windows PC. Earlier this year, the game was supposedly slated for a September 6 release, as the date was derived from a leaked trailer that eventually found its way onto YouTube.
"To give you more action and insanity, Far Cry3 will now be released November 29th in Europe & December 4 in North America," the publisher also announced on the Far Cry Twitter account. "To make sure we deliver the best experience possible, the development team has been given more time."
"A rushed game remains bad forever," the company added. "Thank you for understanding." Currently the beta seems to be on track although details surrounding its launch reportedly won't be revealed for a while.
Ubisoft's move is interesting given the lineup waiting to hit store shelves this holiday season. With its previous September date, Far Cry 3 seemingly had very little competition, fighting over the consumer dollar with Borderlands 2. But with with a December release, the shooter now faces stiff competition from the likes of Halo 4 and Black Ops II.
Several months ago, five-minute footage originating from a pre-alpha build highlighted some of the game's multiplayer aspects. Several critics pointed out numerous similarities between Far Cry 3 and popular shooter franchises like Call of Duty and Battlefield, namely experience points, levels, kill-cam and carpet-bombing air support.
Far Cry 3 will be based on Ubisoft's Dunia 2 game engine, the successor to Far Cry 2's Dunia engine. So far little is known about the new engine.