Ubisoft Community Manager posted on Ubisoft’s forums that there are new patch updates for Far Cry 3 coming up. Thats not very big news, right? However Ubisoft took some initiative and actually listened to fans. Here we have the exact quote from the Ubisoft forums..
Single Player: Ability to Reset Outposts
A big part of Far Cry 3’s single player experience is taking over the outposts manned by Vaas’s pirates and Hoyt’s privateers. These outposts, when taken, offer a safe place to resupply as well as a base of operations when exploring new parts of the Rook Islands.
Taking over an outpost as a player also presents a fun challenge; everything from how to approach the outpost to what weapons and tactics to use. Hence, a lot of community members have requested to be able to ‘reset’ the outposts, so that they can be taken-over again.
Here is how it works:
• After conquering all the outposts and completing the game, the player can reset the outposts by selecting “Reset Outposts” in the gameplay options menu.
• Doing this will reset and make all Outposts hostile again. All incomplete side missions and quests will become hidden. In order to finish the incomplete side missions, you will have to retake the outposts again.
Yeah, thats right. They really did notice what the modders were doing, and listened to what their fans had to say. The community manager stated, “Player feedback is an important part any game’s community. The ability to get first-hand impressions from players and what they think about the product is vital to make a game even more enjoyable. Thanks to the feedback, we are able to expand upon or add to the game experience. During the games first few months, the Far Cry 3 Team has been collecting feedback from our players; those who enjoy the storyline, those who play online as well as our map makers. New functionality has been requested, and some have suggested improvements to already existing features.”
Ubisoft is also adding a new difficulty level called ‘MASTER’. Ubisoft’s community manager also says that the feedback system, for user-created maps, has been improved (a new interface and the addition of ‘feedback tags’) and expanded (as to give even more information to map makers).
Another note of the Far Cry 3 update plan states..
Multiplayer: New Beta Map Testing and Spectating for Map Makers
With the current system, when a map maker has finished their map, they upload and publish it, essentially just sending it out “into the wild”. They are hoping that it will get sufficient plays in order to get some valuable feedback. With a ballooning amount of user-made maps, this becomes harder and harder. The map maker can also have hard time finding enough players to play the map with, so they can judge for themselves where the map can be improved.
1. Someone makes a map in the editor and uploads or publishes it.
2. They start their map with a special option called “Start Beta Test”.
3. Other players who wish to help out with testing new maps, can join the new Beta Test Playlist or go into the Map Archive where all current maps in Beta Test will be displayed.
4. While in Beta test mode, the map creator can use the new spectating feature to monitor how their map is played.
5. After the round is finished, the players give feedback that the mapmaker can then use to improve the map.
Ubisoft also says that you’ll be able to use the author to find more maps. As in, you really liked this one guy’s map, so now you can check out his other Far Cry maps. Another part of Far Cry 3’s update plan is to remove annoying idle players from custom matches. Ubisoft will also be improving the ‘Skip Map’ voting feature, so now players will have a better chance to vote.