Ubisoft confirmed via a financial presentation today that Far Cry 4 is indeed happening, and coming to PC, PS4, PS3, Xbox One, and Xbox 360 in time for the holiday 2014 season, landing on November 18th, 2014.
While details in the presentation are slim on the title, it is accompanied by what appears to be near-final box art, that also confirms earlier stories the game would be set in the Himalayan region.
The art also features a white haired character in a bright fuchsia suit with his hand on the top of a kneeling soldier. The kneeling character resembles those found in Far Cry 3, the Rakyat, while the seated character is entirely new to the franchise. This seated character will have the unenviable role of surpassing Vaas as one of the most memorable antagonists not just of the last Far Cry, but perhaps of all gaming history.
Ubisoft's presentation reveals that the goal for the new title is also to become a top 10 sku for the publisher, and is featured on a slide with the header "Far Cry 4, a new step towards towards the revolution of the shooter genre", ripe for E3 PR presentations.
Far Cry 4 will have some work to do if it plans to step from under the shadow of the monster success that was Far Cry 3. The previous entry was universally lauded for it's new direction, thrilling gameplay, and overall choice granted to the player. As of May 2013, Far Cry 3 had sold over 6 million copies, and has a Metacritic ranking hovering at the 90 mark, with a user score of 8.5. Eurogamer was quoted as saying that Far Cry 3 was "all the best things about open-world gaming" upon release, and other outlets echoed the sentiment.
Curiously missing from this presentation was Ubisoft's The Division, a highly anticipated next-gen title that has yet to receive a release date, and has not seen footage released in a while.