Wait For The Drop: The Official Far Cry 3 Trailer Is Here

This is the ‘official’ version of the Far Cry 3 trailer, which is almost exactly the same as the one that leaked earlier on today. I actually felt bad about linking to that one, but we’re all about disclosure here at RPS: whether you’re Ubisoft or John Walker, we’ll get to the heart of the story, no matter what. So, tell us Ubisoft: why did the leaked trailer have a Sept 6 release date when this one says Sept the 7th?

The answer: dubstep. Enjoy the trailer, now you can see it without criminalising yourself. Those that looked at it when we initially linked to it, you’re in biiiig trouble.


  1. The_B says:

    My guess for the date is the US trailer would have been the leaked one, and this is the UK centric one.

    (Although I should note I didn’t get chance to see the leaked one before it was pulled.)

    • Sheza says:

      The German trailer was the leaked one actually.

    • The_B says:

      Ahh, fair enough.

      Still, my point may still stand; after all, we’re all too familiar with how nearly any body of water clearly can effect the release date of any entertainment product from being released at the same time everywhere…

    • Ruffian says:

      if this is really the premise of the new game looks kinda neat. Def alot more so than the plot of the last one.

    • DigitalSignalX says:

      If it was the German one, wouldn’t he have said DAS BOAT! At the end?

      …. sry. had to.

    • lasfdasfg says:

      I believe Tuesday is the date shipments arrive at retail stores in the US, where it is friday for the UK stores. Someone correct me if I’m wrong on that. link to cutt.us

  2. Mashakosha says:

    Pretty. But I want to know how/why this guy is apparently so proficient with guns, throwing knives and such. Ex-military, I can understand. Might even make sense. Just a couple of civilians? No, going to have to try harder than that.

    Also, until I see gameplay, I’m not convinced.

    • Ringwraith says:

      I’m pretty sure that’s one of those things which he basically learns on the fly. Seeing as last I heard the game has an XP system for that kind of thing.
      Therefore you basically start out as simply a man who didn’t want to die and end up being increasingly more proficient at staying alive.

    • TsunamiWombat says:

      Gordon Freeman effect. How does a Particle Physicist turn into the greatest crowbar commando humanity can offer? Exceptional people, Exceptional circumstances, etc etc.

    • grundus says:

      It came as a complete surprise when Ringwraith hacked the S3 data from GW.

    • Ringwraith says:

      That’s the video. That guy is so wonderfully crazy.

      @grundus How am I meant to deny something which I don’t recognise?

    • Bishop says:

      I hate to break it to everyone, but to use a gun you just point it at people. You can point, right?!

    • Monkey says:

      To not shit yourself and freeze up, know where the safety is, maybe a bit more than pointing

    • sPOONz says:

      “but to use a gun you just point it at people”

      Dont forget to pull the trigger!

    • The_B says:

      Bishop – there’s using a gun, and then there’s using a gun well.

    • DocSeuss says:

      I’m fairly certain they said he had an ex-military background.

    • Examiner2 says:

      @Bishop, I take it you’ve never fired a gun than? There’s a lot more to it than just pointing and shooting. It’s not like a movie or video game in the real world.

    • nrvsNRG says:

      Its “THEN” not “THAN”.
      How hard is it for you people to get that right?!


    • maninahat says:

      It isn’t exactly uncommon for a civilian from America to know how to use a gun. There were subtle clues in the trailer to suggest the guy is familiar with them too (he knows how to operate the AK, and employs basic trigger dicipline). It isn’t implausible for them to be proficient, even as civvies.

    • sneetch says:

      I hate to break it to everyone, but to use a gun you just point it at people. You can point, right?!

      Not that simple Bishop, you have to select it first by pressing 1 or 2.

    • P4p3Rc1iP says:

      Point away from face and fire, sounds easy enough…

  3. pakoito says:

    Prodigy >> wub wub wub wub

  4. Teronfel says:

    No gameplay=Shit trailer.

  5. quaunaut says:

    I hope Far Cry 3 isn’t some story-based corridor shooter. Even if I think said story could be interesting, Far Cry 2 was absolutely fantastic, and I want that “turn music off and just be in the wilderness” feel back.

    • Stevostin says:

      Exactly ! I started to like FC2 as soon as I cut the music. Not that it’s bad, but it’s simply killing immersion AND the ambiant sounds are really incredible.

    • Dhatz says:

      If this does dual weilding, I better understand which hand is which side of mouse. Actually I prefer MLB for zoom in that sort of games.

  6. Lobster9 says:

    Worst game trailer I have seen this year. Kinda like a bad fever dream after watching Cloverfield and The Departed back-to-back.

    Still interested in what the game has to offer. I just couldn’t give a monkeys for the characters or nonsensical shouting they chose to show here.

    • Ultra Superior says:

      Departed ??? How in the hell does this relate to departed?

    • Gurrah says:

      Surely there’s worse to come, we haven’t even brought February behind us.

    • roryok says:

      I guess you’ve only seen one or two others then.

    • Lobster9 says:

      Bunch of angry cavemen yelling and swearing at each other? That was The Departed right? I forget..

      Seriously though I was excited for about two seconds when it seemed like the cookie cutter horror movie kids were going to die in a beach hut, only to discover one of them is the player character.. and I guess rescuing the other two is going to be the rest of the plot?

      I dunno, the whole thing just bored the crap out of me.

    • Bork Titflopsen says:

      One of them got shot in the fucking head, I believe. The guy who refused to pull the trigger just before the main character escaped.

      Also, you could see him take pictures in the other trailer, so my guess is he wants to show the world that there is a rogue group of militia going rampant on an island that isn’t on the map.

    • Ultra Superior says:

      I’m only aware of The Departed, oscar movie, brilliant, hidden identities, mafia vs police, Jack Nicholson, Leo DiCaprio etc………

      Yelling cavemen? It must be some different movie.

    • shitflap says:

      Actually fellas, I’m gonna be that guy.
      The Departed works much better as the movie it was originally taken from, a genre-typical Hong-Kong triad movie called Infernal Affairs.
      If this is news to anyone, I highly recommend it.

  7. mikmanner says:

    Fucking Dubstep. Videogame marketing as a whole needs a kick up the arse for being just a pool of short sighted, idea-less twonks.

    • sPOONz says:

      Eh? Can you explain?

      Being both an intense and chaotic sound , I thought the music worked perfectly with the video and what it was displaying.

    • Buemba says:

      At least it’s not Kanye West’s Power. Or a dubstep version of Power.

    • roryok says:

      What has everyone up in arms about dubstep? It suits the trailer!

    • Alehr says:

      Music seemed excellent to me.

    • Capernatious says:

      The song is actually quite fitting. It’s the 16Bit remix of Noisia’s ‘Machine Gun’.

    • McCool says:

      I could have sworn that sounded like Noisia! That was actually much better than most of the awful dubstep that is now ubiquitous in things marketed towards young people, I can’t stand that kind of slick production though. I like my dubstep closer to dub, sounding like a cyborg Bob Marley back from the dead on a killing spree (dub being a LeChuck style zombie pirate version of Bob Marley doing the same)

    • mikmanner says:

      The track itself isn’t what annoys me, even though I think it’s completely unnesscessary and breaks the atmosphere the video worked towards. I’m annoyed that since the Syndicate trailer so many studios use it – Firefall, SSX, Ridge Racer, Mortal Kombat, BF3, Transformers etc they just layer this bullshit over their videos. Dubstep died creativley as a genre almost as soon as it arrived, that’s not to say there isn’t good Dubstep out there, Burial, Skream, James Blake, Vex’d… It’s like drum and bass, it was good and now as a whole it’s commercial bullshit. But again that’s not what’s annoying me, it’s just the commercial games industry latches on to things and fucks them until someone smart does something different and then the cycle starts again. But I guess that’s what it is to be commercial it just dissapoints me, especially when as an audio guy I interact with marketing folks who thinks it’d be a good idea to put Dubstep on a trailer just because it’s ‘cool’ – not because it’s representative of the project that they are working on.

    • Net_Bastard says:

      I don’t even like dubstep and I think that 16Bit (the group that remixed the song) is fucking awesome.

  8. IDtenT says:

    I’m on a boat mutherfucker, don’t you ever forget!

  9. DXN says:

    Here‘s the E3 gameplay trailer.

    Gotta say, I really like the acting/dialogue/directing/animation I’ve seen so far. If it was a film, it’d actually be a pretty reasonable summer thriller type of deal, rather than the straight-to-DVD-equivalent fare you usually see in even the better games. That, and there’ll presumably still be a pretty strong element of freedom and exploration, rather than the straightjacket-narrow corridors that CoD use to achieve their cinema..ticness.

  10. mentor07825 says:

    The caption in the picture is misspelt. It should be “man” not “mad”

  11. Hoaxfish says:

    This is clearly the story of one man, trapped on an island, trying to escape from dub-terrorists.

    Luckily they’re not every good at stealth.

  12. Prime says:

    “So, tell us Ubisoft: why did the leaked trailer have a Sept 6 release date when this one says Sept the 7th?”

    Better question, Ubisoft: do we just add on a month like you usually do and say Oct 7th?

    • Williz says:

      They probably realised the original date was a Thursday.

    • Brun says:

      Isn’t it standard industry practice to release games on Tuesdays (for whatever strange reason that might be)? Unless they’re trying to pull something fancy like Skyrim did (to land on the 111111 date), I don’t see any reason for them to release on a Friday. Is there something significant about Sept. 7?

    • Highstorm says:

      I believe Tuesday is the date shipments arrive at retail stores in the US, where it is friday for the UK stores. Someone correct me if I’m wrong on that.

      Of course it makes perfect sense that retail shipping dates should determine the release date of online, digital goods. Rather, it does make sense, I just wish it weren’t for stupid reasons.

  13. ssbowers says:

    No in game footage = shit trailer, as in, “Ding, ding, ding here comes the shit trailer”.

    • roryok says:

      The last video was all game footage, and it looked amazing. I’m happy enough with cinematics this time

  14. Moni says:

    I’ve seen a couple of comments saying the music doesn’t fit the tone of the trailer, but it fits with the studenty, twatty types and their misadventures. Probably a score draw.

  15. mollemannen says:

    you play as that douchy guy?

  16. jonfitt says:

    So the trailer starts with a good looking and potentially smart/adventurous girl , a bell-end, and spikey-hair McGoodLooks. Any guesses as to which way this is going? Oh of course! We play spikey-hair McGoodLooks trying to rescue the girl by murdering hundreds of people.
    I’m not saying it’s not going to be brilliant, but the setup is not a patch on FC2.

    • fallingmagpie says:

      The movie of Far Cry 3 will star Ryan Gosling as Spiky-hair McGoodLooks, with Selena Gomez intriguingly miscast as his kidnapped girlfriend. Produced by Disney.

    • WHS says:

      Agree, this is just boring. However badly they botched the execution, Far Cry 2’s setup is fantastic. “You are a battle-hardened mercenary sent into into a war zone, not to take sides or end the war, but to eliminate one very dangerous man at the center of conflict.” It’s Heart of Darkness as a video game. When you arrive with the singular objective of “Kill the Jackal,” and no real further direction, it’s pretty hard not to get excited about what’s ahead. Then the game settles down into a dull pattern of “clear roadblock/complete mission/clear roadblock” and everything turns sour.

      Maybe the gameplay in FC3 will be fantastic (although I bet they’ll have taken the CoD approach and crammed everything into corridors), but nothing in the initial setup seems as remotely as interesting. You’re a white dude trapped on an island with a bunch of angry brown people and you have to save your pretty white girlfriend? Strange how no one has ever thought of that before! Except every single action movie, ever. Blergh.

  17. deadly.by.design says:

    The FarCry series is at its best when it lets you stalk your targets through the wilderness, whether it’s in a jungle or a savanna. The trouble has always been things like Tri-Gen and respawning bandit intersections.

    Let’s hope they listened to player criticisms, because FC2 was a bit of a diamond in the rough. (har har) With a few tweaks, which we couldn’t do with its lack of mod tools, it could have become pretty amazing. As-is, FC2’s still a decent shooter for those who are willing to put up with some poor design choices.

    I don’t understand why they used dubstep, though. It might make sense to use a Skrillex bit for Syndicate, but not this. Guess they thought the kids would like it.

  18. db1331 says:

    I’m intrigued. It looks like the combat could be preTTHZ-WUB-WUB-FFF-EEEEEEEE-FWOO-FWOO-WUB-WUB-WUB-FWOO-EEEeeeEEEeeeeeee

  19. Shortwave says:

    I’m going to say it’s safe to assume gameplay will be on par with the other games.
    What we can except are graphics updates. A good new benchmark.
    I approve. Trailers usually suck if you ask me.

  20. Gap Gen says:

    It’s nice to see that Far Cry 2’s mechanic of every other human being on the planet being heavily armed and hostile is making a comeback. It’s a shame being able to drive 50m without a jeep full of goons chasing me down.

  21. Sic says:

    Not really all that interesting, considering we’ve already seen a gameplay video, and it looked rather boring.

    It looks like it’s shaping up to be a pretty bland mainstream shooter, to be honest. With underwhelming console graphics to boot.

  22. Radiant says:

    We need a bad guy thattalksgibbersigallthetimeinastreamofbabble.

  23. Delusibeta says:

    I’m pretty sure that was a remix of Machine Gun by Noisia. Not exactly sure who’s responsible for that particular remix, but that’s definitely Machine Gun samples.

    [Edit] It’s the 16Bit remix. link to youtube.com

  24. DarksDaemon says:

    Is it just me, or are the comments today especially bitchy :\

    It’s a trailer people! For god’s sakes it may not show game-play but it set’s up the premise a little better than the “The definition of insanity” video. At least now we know what the hell that guys deal is instead of “oh look, a crazy guy, he wants me dead, because he’s crazy” it’s now “Oh look, a crazy guy, he wants me dead, because he’s crazy AND I escaped him before he could kill me for being worthless and hounded him trying to rescue my friend who has been captured by him to be sold on the black market.

    Also the music is secondary to the actual content, let’s not focus on the wubstep

  25. ReV_VAdAUL says:

    I did not care for the people in the trailer. I mean sure it was slightly boring to always play cliche hero space marines all the time but I’d much rather that than playing as an annoying tourist. The protagonist seems to be the power fantasy of someone who went on holiday to an “exotic” night life hub and then got called on / punished for their assholishness by the locals.

  26. AmazingMisterPete says:

    Oh cool was wondering when they were gonna get around to a game adaptation of The Beach.

  27. TheWhippetLord says:

    Hmm, seems a little different to the ‘leaked’ trailer. No sign of the unicorns at all.

  28. Gurrah says:

    Even though it’s a Ubisoft title and will surely be packed with DRM and other consumer unfriendly shenanigans, I’m still looking forward to this very much. FC2 was flawed at times but it had so many good things to make up for it.

  29. roryok says:

    Good lord, people have a serious bug up their collective asses about this game. Am I the only one who likes how this is looking? Anyone else have anything positive to say?

    Is this all anti-Ubi-ness manifesting as disinterest?

    • RakeShark says:

      While I haven’t bought a Ubisoft game since the always-online DRM began, I don’t let that utterly soil my view of their games. I do hope (aside from dropping their current DRM preference) they bring the visceralness of FarCry2’s combat and damage system. Plus it seems they’ve learned their lessons about NPCstalkingnonstoplikeamotorduringplotexpositionbecauserealpeopledon’tbreathbetweenwords.

      It honestly looks promising, but should they go for their private always-online DRM, then it’ll just have to be that pretty thing in the window that I won’t buy on principle.

    • Wonko the Sane says:

      What RakeShark said. Personally got weary of FC2 halfway through the second map, but the emergent gameplay and shooting were solid, and the jungle was suitably Apocalypse Now. It also had a morality system that entirely suited the game.

      All this overshadowed by the fact that I won’t buy a game with always-on DRM, or anything else Ubi produce until they drop that shit. pity, looks nice in an “I’m staring at the camp working out how to take everyone out” sort of way.

    • FriendlyFire says:

      People seem to confuse Ubisoft Montreal the developer, who’ve created a lot of absolutely stellar games and franchises, and Ubisoft the publisher, who tend to create a mess of out everything they touch.

      It’s very sad that both are unfortunately tied together, because I find it hard not to buy the games of the former only because the latter sucks.

  30. MonolithicTentacledAbomination says:

    I really liked FC2, and it looks like this could be cool.

    I’m waiting to hear what foul DRM they decide to shit up this game with.

  31. RakeShark says:

    “Don’t craze me, bro!”

  32. SkittleDiddler says:

    The last time I saw a trailer of such technical quality was for Dead Island, and we all know how that game turned out.

    I don’t have high hoped for FC3. If it makes me shallow for relying on trailer quality to judge the actual game, so be it. Not that I’ll be buying it anyway; it’s Ubisoft, therefore it’s an automatic no-sale for me.

    EDIT: forgot to mention the shitty dubstep music. Come on marketers, you can do better than that. Get some god damned originality.

  33. Tokamak says:

    I honestly didn’t know that many people actually liked FC2 – personally got sick of the grind of respawning NPC camps and repairing that fucking Jeep every 100 meters or whatnot. The original Far Cry still remains the best in the series, better than Crysis and it’s lot too.

    Too bad this new one seems to be Uncharted, FPS edition.

  34. Vinraith says:

    FC2 was easily my favorite FPS of the last few years. This, however, does not look encouraging.

    • RakeShark says:

      Indeed, FarCry2 has been, alongside Metro 2033, my favorite FPS experience these last few years. I do miss my old uncle Yugo teddy bear that despite his age would still bail my ass out of a sticky situation. I once spent 20 minutes in wide-eyed fear scrambling to find him after a firefight, hoping he was alive and well. Certainly that’s a little bit of overzealous projection on an otherwise shallow NPC, but no other game has made me worry about an NPC like that.

  35. ShEsHy says:

    Am I the only one who thinks the main char looks like the guy that played John Sheppard in StarGate: Atlantis from afar, and Keanu Reeves from upclose?

  36. Monchberter says:

    Someone’s watched Doomsday, 28 Days Later and Lost recently.

    Nice spin on the original game’s machismo, as in similar set up but a huge lack of macho.

    I’m actually interested again in this game.

    And, oh yeah, the music was pretty nice.

  37. Turkey says:

    Dude. Let’s watch these abandoned 3d renderings I found on an island!

  38. jjujubird says:

    The dubstep was a lolworthy addition, but pretty irrelevant unless they make that the background music in the actual game or some shyte. Far Cry games are always solid. Maybe Ubi will learn their lesson about DRM by then (slim chance but one can dream) so I can buy it without guilt that I’m feeding the machine.

  39. suibhne says:

    You know, I thought the E3 trailer was pretty good. This one is vastly less interesting – the characters all seem like shallow and unsympathetic rich vagabonds, and the villain seems equally shallow.

    Given the E3 trailer, I’m still hoping this will be Far Cry enough to focus on stalking through jungle shadows rather than hardcore cutscenes.

  40. matrices says:

    I watched the trailer, mildly pleased. I saw the bitching. I watched it again. You guys are honestly a bitchy lot who whine about nothing for the hell of it. Music was completely apropos the mood. We’ve seen in-game footage so the video stuff was fine.

    I’m liking the vibe thus far. As long as it’s an island where I can surprise and kill dozens of enemies in interesting and creative ways, sans any retarded design decisions like jumping ape monsters and infinite enemies, I’m good to go.

  41. Adventurous Putty says:

    The nineties called, they want their hair styles (and video game protagonist) back.

    Kidding. Looks interesting; I’m loving the main villain and his convincing lunatic rants. Not so much his mohawk, but whatever. Here’s hoping that they’ll nail the open-ended gameplay.

  42. WHS says:

    Also, what is up with Scantily Clad Voodoo Babe at 2:09? How on earth is that okay? I hate this industry.

    • RegisteredUser says:

      Yea, I hate being forced to look at women in a sexual way. It clashes with what I want from women in general, a 100% gender neutral relationship behind mutual burka-enclosures that culminates in abstract talk and artificial insemination via tubes in locked off rooms somewhere.

      Sex, Erotica and any kind of suggestion that we’re not minecrafty blocks boooooo

      Making video games involve sexual things…how dare they! Next thing you know they’ll suggest you do something violent!

    • harrumph says:

      Not that there isn’t a whiff of sexism about this trailer too, but I’m pretty sure the problem with half-naked voodoo lady there is that she’s a ridiculous racist caricature straight out of Heart of Darkness.

  43. RegisteredUser says:

    Hey, it’s that mohawk guy from DeadIslandBorderlandsRagetotallynotgenereicdudegame!
    (It even starts with Island+drinking+gun waving..did they just go “Hey, Dead Island sans Zombies and cool melee, now THAT’s a game! Huh? Huh? Let’s go make a trailer right now!”?)

  44. Net_Bastard says:

    16bit = fucking awesome. CG trailers = no, just no. Gameplay footage of FC3 = meh, could be good.

  45. tomeoftom says:

    Looks awful.

  46. robotslave says:

    I agree that the protagonist is far too difficult to project myself onto, which is a big gameplay problem.

    It would be much better if he weren’t so youthful, and were a bit pudgier, maybe slightly sour-smelling, and instead of having fun times relaxing on a tropical island in the opening scenes, he should be sitting alone in a room lit only by a glowing screen, and we should be reading what he’s typing, instead of listening to people talk to each other out loud with their mouth-voices.

    And the music should be They Might Be Giants doing a Tom Lehrer medley.

  47. voidmind says:

    I hope they make it a 4 player co-op game like Dead Island and Borderlands. Farcry 2 looked great but the gameplay was pretty average. But if it had had co-op play, many people would still be playing it today.

  48. Jahnz says:

    Why would you try to take off in the helicopter while there are still dozens of guys hanging around? Why open fire from such a distance when the character is clearly able to ninja take-down the entire place?

    Also, unless you have years of experience throwing knives I can’t imagine that you can just pick that up casually. Maybe the main character used to work as a knife thrower in a carnival?

  49. hypercrisis says:

    why arent videogames realistic! i am out raged